One day, you wake up and they don't need you anymore. Well, not in the sense that they needed you before. You raise them to be independent and capable, and then you experience a mixture of pride and loss when they go off with their friends for a bike ride, they crash and some other mother helps to dust them off (thank you, other mother, truly). Then they come home to put their own bandage on (yes, declining your offer to help even) and they run back outside to further their independence. <3
Be sure to check out Lara Gowder Photography's Motherhood image next!