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My Hopes for My Son

My Hopes for My Son

Being pregnant is entirely different from being a parent. Not just the care and attention that goes into keeping him alive and healthy, but the feelings you have for the little being growing in your belly versus actually meeting him.

It’s an incredible emotional time for me and only partly due to hormones. I’ve cried every day just looking at him and knowing that we made him and that we get to keep him. I’m just so full of love for this little person that it physically hurts. It’s a feeling that I never expected and I feel you can never be fully prepared for – that this little person I grew inside my body is so full of potential.

So, Shai Aleksander Chmerkovskiy, even though I haven’t been your mommy for very long, I’m already in awe of you. As you get bigger and learn more and do more, here’s what mommy hopes for you:

Through injury and illness, I’ve learned to never take my body for granted. And even though these things are inevitable, I hope you lead a long and healthy life.

I hope you live a happy life filled with laughter, love and purpose. You’re barely a week old and you’ve already brought immeasurable joy to so many people’s lives – especially your mommy and daddy’s. You are so incredibly loved, you know that? And even though you will feel sadness and anger, I’ll do my best to make sure they’re far outnumbered by moments of silliness, joy, laughter, hope, surprise and, above all, love.

You’re a lucky little boy who will have many toys and clothes because your mommy and daddy have worked very hard and been very lucky themselves. Because of that, you will have many amazing opportunities in your life – ones that a lot of other children won’t have. I hope you appreciate this privileged start and work hard for every success that comes after it.

When I was a little girl, I set an outrageous goal for myself – to be on the big stage in Hollywood. There were some who told me it wasn’t possible as a dancer and encouraged me to pursue something more realistic like being a doctor. But your mommy is a dreamer, and a worker, and a doer. I hope that you, too, fearlessly follow your dreams.

I know that you will be a determined little boy because, for better or worse, both of your parents are incredibly strong-willed and driven. With determination and hard work, you can have anything you want – but sometimes there will be setbacks and detours on your path to success. When those times come, I hope you will always know that your mommy and daddy will stand behind whatever decision you make. I will do everything I can to help you succeed and always be there if you fall.

I want to raise a person who will make the world a better place – someone who will look out for others and lead with compassion. I hope you will treat others with kindness.

Whether furry or feathered, wild or tame, weird or graceful, I hope you appreciate animals of all kinds, and treat them with respect for their independent spirits and the beauty they bring to the world.

One of the things I love most about your daddy is that he’s one of the most generous, kind-hearted people I’ve ever met. There are a lot of characteristics of his that I hope you inherit, but I especially hope you inherit his big heart and generous spirit.

And finally, selfishly, I hope you see us, your parents, as decent human beings. We want to be the kind of people you can admire, not because of what we’ve achieved, but because you know that we’re good people with good hearts whose greatest success will always be you.

Photo Credit: Stefania Orru

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  1. Beautifully written. Shai is one very lucky little boy!

    Posted by: Marci Hardy on March 3, 2017 at 9:58 pm
  2. What a beautiful heartfelt message for your little Shai. Through your words you could feel the depths of unconditional love.

    Posted by: Gina on March 3, 2017 at 9:09 pm
  3. I love it! Peta, you, Max and Shai are beautiful. Your words speak volume! Such an inspiration ❤️

    Posted by: Nina Le on March 3, 2017 at 8:41 pm
  4. A heart so full can only spill over into the heartfelt sentiments expressed here. Such love shared with your son and your fans. Little Shai is truly blessed already. Thank you!

    Posted by: Doris Meginley on March 3, 2017 at 8:24 pm
  5. WOW!! Well said, Peta. I’m a foster parent to 3 little people and these are exactly my wishes for them. You touched my heart ❤️

    Posted by: Mary on March 3, 2017 at 8:00 pm
  6. This is so heart felt and a beautiful letter written for Shai, very sweet, kind and most of all talked about him being kind.

    Posted by: Sharon (dextersylar) on March 3, 2017 at 6:49 pm
  7. Peta Beautifully written. Very touching!! There is nothing more enjoyable in life than watching your son grow from a baby into a young man. My son is 18 years old now and going to college. Enjoy your little one. The years fly by. The best thing in life is being a Mommy and Daddy.

    Posted by: Karen Mandel on March 3, 2017 at 6:43 pm
  8. As I read this incredible opus from the heart, I found myself wishing I had had the foresight to write a letter to my children 40+ years ago. I, too, cried through most of it, but I must say my mother’s heart agrees 100%. Beautiful!!

    Posted by: Barbara Racy on March 3, 2017 at 6:33 pm
  9. So emotional Peta!!!
    I ❤ you baby shai!

    Posted by: Inés Barragan on March 3, 2017 at 6:27 pm
  10. My kids are teens now but I remember this time with fondness. This was so refreshing and beautiful to read. Above all the busyness around you try and really be present in each moment. It flies. He is one lucky kid!

    Posted by: Melissa goodnoe on March 3, 2017 at 6:17 pm