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  • Mom Writes A Beautiful Letter For Her Firstborn: 'You Redefine Love For Me, Anak'

    Being a mom can be difficult and exhausting, but it's worth it.
    by Ana Gonzales .
Mom Writes A Beautiful Letter For Her Firstborn: 'You Redefine Love For Me, Anak'
PHOTO BY courtesy of Zephora Jane Lingahan-Betguen
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    Raising children is hard, but ask any parent if they'd change anything and they'd surely say no. In fact, several moms and dads from our online community said becoming a parent made them better people.

    So even though you don't get enough sleep, you only get to drink your coffee cold, you barely have time for yourself, and your children follow you everywhere (even the bathroom!), it's still the best job in the world.

    One of our readers, mommy Zephora Jane Lingahan-Betguen, said it's hard to describe how happy they are to be parents. The only way she found she could express herself is through a heartfelt letter for her firstborn. This is the short, but sweet note she hopes her little one could read and appreciate someday.

    My firstborn Hezekiah,

    That moment when I first heard your heartbeat, I knew that "love at first hearing" exists.

    Every visit in the OB clinic would make my heart flutter.

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    Every kick, every hiccup, every movement in my womb makes me believe that life, truly, is a gift.

    And when I finally laid my eyes on you, I know that there's such thing as "love at first sight."

    You have redefined love for me, anak.

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    Ang pagmamahal pala totoong pagsasakripisyo. Pagod at puyat---kasama pala yan kapag nagmamahal.

    Ngawit ng braso, sakit ng likod, hapdi ng tahi, kirot ng sugat---pagmamahal din pala yan.

    Pagbibigay ng sarili, oras at panahon lalo na kapag ikaw ay nganganga at dedede---pag-ibig din pala.

    Pero lahat nang yan, pinapawi mo. Sa hindi ko maipaliwanag na kaparaanan, pinapasaya mo kami ng tatay mo. Effortless ka, anak. Pero nabihag mo ang puso ko.

    Thank you for being you, anak.

    I am proud to be called your mom.

    Nagmamahal,

    Your 29-year old Nanay

     

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    Our letter sender is Zephora Jane Lingahan-Betguen. She is a law graduate and a milktea enthusiast. She loves covering songs and writing blogs. She usually spends her day nursing her son, Hezekiah and cooking meals for her husband, Juris.

     

    Do you also have a poem, a letter, or a confession you'd like to give your children and share with us? Send them to smartparentingsubmissions@gmail.com. You can also join our Facebook group, the Smart Parenting Village.

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