Just once I wish I could have spent a late hour rocking you in my arms,
Just once I wish I could have gently lain you in your crib.
I wish I could have changed a diaper,
Chosen an outfit for the day,
GIven you a bath,
and soothed your skin with lotion.
Just once I wish I could have heard you cry out in loneliness for me,
or spent time alone with you, just the two of us.
Strolled you proudly through the shopping mall,
Just once I wish I could have heard the words
“What a beautiful, healthy baby boy!”