Today is Corey's birthday. It's so hard to believe that 17 years ago I worked so hard to bring him into this world. We bonded instantly. When I saw him in the nursery a few hours later, I knew him.
He has been by my side through some pretty great highs and pretty awful lows. Some of those highs and lows he brought about himself. Some of them I brought into our lives. Throughout it all, he has loved me as strongly and deeply as I have loved him.
He has caused me to laugh, to cry, to lose sleep, to scream at the top of my lungs and to sit quietly in wonder. He made me become a woman, a person who isn't afraid to question everything to make the best decisions I can.
The only thing I've done longer than I've loved him and been his mama is to breathe.