To my only son,
When I first found out that I was having twins and that one was going to be a little boy I was excited because I knew that this would be an adventure that I had not yet experienced, but I was so ready and anxious to meet you and your sister. I have always considered you my little calm, reserved baby. Even while you were in Mommy's tummy you hardly moved or squirmed but your sister did all of the kicking (lol). I was always worried and checking on you to make sure you were OK because of this. You were my "baby A" because you would be born first, and then your sister "baby B", a minute later. As an infant you were my sweet spirited little boy who was always so laid back and easy going. Thus far, my most challenging task with raising a son has been potty training because I knew that I wouldn't be able to properly teach you in the way that a man would, but at this point we have almost tackled that task successfully and Mommy is so proud of you and herself! You are so loving and sweet towards your sisters but also very protective of them and I hope and pray that as you three grow older, you keep all of those same qualities and that you always look out for your sisters and that you have each others' backs.
I have noticed that of the three of you, you are the most like me in terms of your personality and demeanor. I know that as a single Mom raising a son, I will never be able to teach you how to be a man, but I am doing my very best to teach you how to treat people and especially how to treat a female. In a world where the thought of raising an African American son is a terrifying thing because of so many social issues, I pray that you will make the right decisions and that God will always lead you and your sisters down the right path and I promise to do my part to get you there. I do my best daily to try and model myself as the type of woman that your sisters should aspire to be and to you as the type of woman you will want in your life when the times comes. I tend to try and give you tough love now because I want you to know that sometimes, the things that are truly worth having in life, you will have to work hard for and I want you to strive to achieve your own level of success and don't ever let anyone tell you what you CAN'T do. I cherish all of your sweet little moments, but nothing beats when you grab my face and say "gimme kiss Mama" and wrap those little arms around my neck for the biggest hug you can give me; it seems like you sense when Mommy needs those the most. I know that I have made many mistakes in this lifetime and I'm sure I'll make many more, but if I don't get anything else right ever again I know for certain that there are three things that are, in my eyes, absolutely perfect and that is MY BABIES.
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