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The First Time She Hugged Me

By Erin Loechner, Disney Baby

I've always listened at a distance to mothers sharing their birth stories - tales of joy and triumph and tears - explaining that beautiful, weighty feeling of a baby being laid on their chest, freshly swaddled and newly birthed.

And as emotional as that moment was for me, it pales in comparison to a milestone I hold far more dear: the first time my daughter hugged me.

It had been a frenzied morning, one of fussiness and boredom and general discontent, for both mama and baby. The weather was warm and sticky as we ventured outside for a breath of fresh air, willing a change of scenery to redeem our harried day.

I scooped Bee up to sit on my lap as we settled into a park bench nearby our home when she'd noticed a string on my dress. Playfully tugging and pulling at the thread, she giggled innocently, lost in a universe different than my own.

And then, the hug. She lunged upward with both arms, interlocking her hands behind my neck as if we were crossing a river together, one with rushing water beneath and a strong instinct for survival.

It was brief and wordless, but I immediately glanced around, wondering if anyone else had shared our special milestone. Had someone witnessed this beautifully ordinary moment that delivered so much weight and yet - so little meaning?

There were children swinging, balls launching, feet stomping, mothers chatting - all immersed in their worlds, spinning as they should, propelling the moment to pass as quickly as it had arrived.

And it was nothing, but it was everything. It was a connection, a gesture - a bond we'll share time and time again as we navigate life together, one mother and one daughter.

There will be more hugs - some of obligation, others of necessity. Hugs of protection and anguish, empathy and celebration. But this hug - on this day - was the first. The only.

The always.

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