As you get to know me, you will see that I hedge. I'm a hedger. I'm not big on promises, not big on absolutes. But for you--for you, my daughter-to-be--I will make some promises. At least a few.
I will have expectations. You will break them.
I will be impatient. I'll feel bad about it.
I will worry. Your father will worry more.
I will stare at you in wonder.
I will find you beautiful, even if you're not.
I will hurt when you hurt.
I will try to make the hurt go away.
I will hold you.
I will nurse you as best I can. I will try not to feel bad if I can't.
I will get frustrated. You will get frustrated.
I will learn to bake, but only if you really want me to.
I will feed you good food that you hate. Some day you'll like it.
I will not let you watch Barney. Some day you'll thank me.
I will always be old to you. You will always be young to me.
I will always love your father. So will you.
Today, we will love you more than yesterday.
Tomorrow, we will love you more than today.
We will always love you.
And I will tell you the story of how you came to be, some day when you're old enough to understand.