Why are you called “I Thought I Knew Mama”?

I wrote this poem in October 2010 as a reading for my son’s Dedication ceremony. It was the inspiration for my blog.

For Baby
We thought we knew adventure…
Skydiving, climbing mountains, living on the other side of the world…
But when we met you, we realized there was no greater adventure than helping you to grow.
We thought we knew pride…
We’ve had pride in our education and in our accomplishments…
But that doesn’t touch how proud we feel of you just for being you. There’s nothing that makes us more proud than being your parents.
We thought we knew entertainment…
We’ve been to epic sports games, unforgettable concerts, inspiring performances…
But those experiences are a fraction of how entertained we are when watching your funny faces and when hearing your adorable sounds.
We thought we cared about making our world better…
We’ve volunteered and raised money for good causes…
But making our world a better place has become a new level of priority because we realize the world is now your world too.
We thought we appreciated our parents…
We’ve thanked them for our lives and for all of their gifts…
But we never understood the infinite extent of their love for us until we felt that same overwhelming love for you.
We thought we had an amazing marriage…
What could be better than finding your best friend and soul mate to share your life with?
But then we had you and realized that your existence deepens our love for each other in a way that we didn’t think possible. There is nothing more powerful than the bonds of our family’s mutual love.
We thought we knew beauty…
We’ve seen some of the most stunning and awe inspiring places in the world…
But the wonders of the world don’t compare to the beauty of your tiny face.
We thought we appreciated life…
We’ve felt both the heights of happiness and the depths of pain from life being taken away…
But it is not until now that we could understand the true miracle of life’s plan. Every up and down in life was ultimately leading us to you.
We thought words were powerful…
Until we tried to find words that could express the extent of our love and devotion to you.

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1 Miri@LifeAfterPush February 20, 2011 at 3:15 am

Beautiful poem. I did wonder about the title before. This is a beautiful gift for your son.
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2 I Thought I Knew Mama February 20, 2011 at 7:29 am

Thank you, Miri!


3 Eve April 1, 2011 at 8:10 pm

Love this! I never thought to write a poem to my son. That was a sweet thing to do. <3
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4 EncoreBride April 2, 2011 at 10:46 am

As someone who is on the fence on whether or not to have children, I, for the first time understand and can see the joy of being a parent. Thank you for sharing. (Found you via SITS)
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5 Broot April 2, 2011 at 4:00 pm

True dat. I agree with every word.
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6 OneMommy April 2, 2011 at 9:07 pm

What a beautiful poem! They really do change everything, don’t they?
I’m visiting from SITS and following you now on Networked Blogs. Happy SITS day!


7 Young Yoga Masters April 3, 2011 at 10:35 am

My favorite treasures are the letters from my loved ones. I’m sure your baby will cherish this.
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8 Kelly May 7, 2011 at 9:45 pm

Wow Charise…beautiful. I’ve got tears in my eyes at this perfect expression of what it is to become a parent…there’s truly nothing like it!
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9 Charise @ I Thought I Knew Mama May 8, 2011 at 8:31 pm

Thank you, Kelly!

I hope you had a fantastic Mama’s Day!!


10 Mary May 12, 2011 at 12:14 am

Beautiful dedication for your baby! They change everything, don’t they?


11 Amy June 14, 2011 at 11:03 am

Beautiful, Charise! :)


12 Charise @ I Thought I Knew Mama June 14, 2011 at 9:09 pm

Thank you, Amy!


13 Jenn @ Monkey Butt Junction July 3, 2011 at 11:03 pm

How is it that I missed this on your site before? This is absolutely beautiful. You have really spoken what is in our mama hearts.
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14 Nev November 28, 2011 at 7:46 am

*bawl* *sob* *sniff* …oh dear..that was wonderful. *sigh*. :) Thank you for sharing.

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15 Kristen January 30, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Such a great article it was which gives a true meaning of a being mother.
In which what mothers knows for his / her child. Thanks for sharing this article.


16 Momma Jorje October 29, 2012 at 2:27 pm
17 Candace October 22, 2013 at 12:35 am

Wow. That is beautiful! Very touching poem. Thanks for sharing.


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