It’s a distinction he bears with pride. It started when he told me he wanted a younger brother, so he could have a boy to play with. My heart constricted in my chest and tears welled up in my eyes.
“I can’t have anymore babies my love, you are my last baby.”
“Your last baby? Why am I your last baby?” He asked, eyes widening as he tried to wrap his six year old mind around a very adult concept.
“Remember when mommy had the last surgery?”
“Yes. You couldn’t pick me up forever, and you cried.”
“Yes” I managed to whisper over the lump in my throat. “When I had that surgery, they took out the parts that let me have another baby. So that is why you are my last.”
He was silent as he absorbed this. Maybe it was something in my tone of voice or the look on my face but he sat with my statement for a long time, treating it with more seriousness than I thought he could.
“That’s really sad mommy, that you can’t have another baby.” He threw his arm around my neck and snuggled into me, giving me a chance to breathe in the unique smell of his sweat and shampoo. “But I am a little glad I got to be your last baby.” He kissed me on the cheek and snuggled in close, pulling me towards him with both of his little boy arms.
“I am glad too sweetheart” I murmured as I rested my chin upon his head and closed my eyes.
“And Mommy? Don’t worry, I will always be your baby.”