A few months before my baby boy was born, I read the book Brain Rules for Baby by John Medina. It was a fun book to read about how a baby's brain responds to different input and what things you can do to help your child reach full potential. At one point in the book, the author quotes Elizabeth Stone when she said, "Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body."
I've thought about this quote over and over again. And now that he is born, I think about it every time we aren't in the same room. I think to myself, my heart is in the other room, or my heart is over there in the swing. Or the few times when I've left him with someone else, so that I could run an errand, I've thought, my heart is miles away on the other side of town.
I suppose it will take on a deeper meaning when "my heart" starts to walk on his own and make his own decisions. But for now, I'm still getting used to the idea of my heart being in two places at once.