Today you are four. I think most moms say, it seems like yesterday I just had you. No, it seems like four years ago…they’ve just gone quickly! When I was pregnant with you I wanted to do everything right. I wanted to eat right to nourish you. I wanted to buy you everything I thought was safe. I tried to breast feed because that is what I was told was best, yet you basically starved for three days because I could not produce milk due to a hormone imbalance. That my son, was the beginning of the struggles between doing what I thought was right and doing what I knew in my heart was not right.
Son, hopefully you won’t have to go through this when you have children but you probably will. The world will change and they will find more things to tell us to use or not use. Information, statistics, media, and reports will be conflicting. My wish is that you will find a balance between nature and science. You will trust your heart and follow it. I hope I can spend the next, how many ever years, teaching you about trusting yourself, respecting nature, giving back to others, and how to live healthy. I wish you could know, how very much I love you and have enjoyed these four years and how much I look forward to all the years to come. I am not sure I would have ever come to learn about being more earth friendly and “green” had I not had you. You are my catalyst for change.
Today you will take your dinosaur hunt throughout the house and find your presents. We will celebrate your birth and rejoice. I just hope that the air you breath today and the water you drink tomorrow will continue to be healthy and safe for you when you add a 0 to that 4. I wish I could promise you this and make it come true but when you blow out those candles I will wish my hardest. I will close my eyes and wish for clean air, clean water, pesticide free food, polar bears, and fewer childhood cases of asthma, cancer and death. I love you son.
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