Every shirt, towel, PJ set, and matched pair of socks
Every clean dish, cooked meal, grocery run, bathroom cleaning….
Every puke clean up, diaper change, spill clean up, bed change…
Every brush teeth reminder and trip to the dentist,
Every small victory celebrated, homework completed
Every drink refill, cut up apple, push on the swing,
Every pair of shoes on then off to be put on again,
Every cry soothed, every tear hugged away, every goodnight kiss…
Every morning trip to school, every stern declaration
Every tea party, and sing the ABCs, every Birthday, Christmas, every lost tooth and Easter egg Hunt…
Every milestone, every laugh, every bruised bump and tummy ache,
Every bite of ice cream and piece of art work, every time you needed guidance
Every signed permission slip, every vaccine shot, WIC appointment, and PT Conversation
Every book you heard, every lesson you learned, every tickle and every smile
Every step down the stairs, and every bite of solid food
Every squirrel that you saw and every plane you saw,
Every bird you watched, and chipmunk you chased
Every leaf you collected and every flower you picked.
Every moment, I was there. It’s been me, and though I doubt I did enough…
I’ve done the very best I could.
Because I am your mommy
And I love you, with my whole being.