So excited for all the new babies I’ve had the privilege to know in 2023. It brought me back to a year ago, when I decided to not have anymore kids and finalize my decision through a hysterectomy.
Many emotions have hit me through my reproductive process. Sadness, fear, excitement, happiness, unending love. With these emotions, I am beyond grateful that I had the opportunity to birth our two amazing children, as I know the struggles that many women face with infertility.
I am lucky. Many families are not. As I grow I see love in so many forms.
To those having biological children you are amazing.
To those adopting and fostering, you are still a parent and the way you have your children doesn’t make your role any less special. You are exquisite.
To the aunts, uncles, and solid individuals raising children that are not your son and daughters you are seen and appreciated.
To the parents that have lost children, you will always be a parent. You are stronger than you know. My hope is that you will be reunited with your loved ones in the future, and can find happy moments until you meet again.
The root of family is love.