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4 years.

2006-02-14 - 8:31 p.m.

Today is Valentineís Day, and tomorrow I will have known the man who I love and is the father of my child for four years (this is how we met). About 6 months ago we passed the ďlongest relationship Iíve ever been inĒ mark and there was a time I thought that 3 to 3 Ĺ years was my maximum time I could be happy in a relationship.

I couldnít have been more wrong.

I am speaking honestly when I say that not a day goes by that I donít at some point marvel at how lucky I am to have met and married J. I feel like the cleverest person in the world for having scooped him up when I got the chance. And I keep thinking that I couldnít be more in love with someone than I am with him, right now.

It turns out I was also wrong about that.

Being pregnant and having Grommet have given me the opportunity to see even greater depths of my husband: how selfless and steadfast he is when faced with responsibilities, how much our little family means to him, his delight in snuggling the baby after a 12-hour day at work, and his great capacity for love and patience. I always thought heíd be a great dad and I could tell I was right, even in the first few days of Grommet being in the world.

Being housebound with the Grom, I havenít been able to get out and get him a gift. I havenít been able to make any grand plans for celebration for tomorrow. Letís face it, Iím lucky if I get a chance to shower these days. Ultimately though, we donít need to exchange gifts. Our intent is to get takeout from one of our favourite restaurants and eat at home. I have a feeling itíll still be one of the best anniversaries yet, Ďcause itís the first one thatíll include our sprout.

Happy anniversary Sweetheart. I can't wait to see what the next four years brings.

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