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To My Baby on Mother's Day

To My Baby on Mother's Day

“Dearest Kamilla baby,

I am not with you on our first ever Mother's Day. It's absolutely my fault; I booked this time-sensitive business trip so that I could oversee the final development of my next collection and work on this new idea for the business. Honestly, I didn't even think about this holiday when booking my trip. And I think I simply forgot because I've never celebrated it before.

As sad as I am for myself, I am leaving with a purpose. I've always worked hard, but now I am working the hardest ever so that you will be so proud of your mama. I never had time for anything before - and suddenly I have time for anything related to you - even though I'm busier than ever. As stressful having a business is, I wouldn't change a thing as it's allowed you and me to flourish. Like the fact that we don't need a nanny and that I get to spend many 9-5 weekdays in your company - as you play and I close deals (a special thank-you to the best Daddy in the world and the Grandmothers who step up and who I trust with all my might).

I won't lie, I am truly sad. But you should know that I celebrate you every day with the same enthusiasm. I've fallen so madly in love with you, it's really not definable or comparable.

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I've made countless crockpots from scratch of biodynamic (aka better than organic) baby food but I've also taken 8 inevitable business trips and have released 3 collections in the first 6 months of your existence - the first just a month after you were born. Usha Dadi (Monica Maasi's mom) gave me great words of solace - that with these trips I was teaching you the spirit of independence and it was molding you to be a strong woman - like all those around you.

I see your spirit. It is already courageous, bold, relentless, full of wisdom, so positive and beyond a miracle. I've forgotten the torturous 10 long months of having you in me - the 77 pounds I gained (goodbye Lou Malnati’s, hello Equinox). Life with you is so colorful, much like this new Resort collection I'm working on.

The center of our universe is you. I can't wait to share more of our faith and culture with you but most importantly, to teach you the lessons I am learning in the hopes that they empower you, help you rise.

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You've redefined what my journey is. Your happiness is WAY more important than any business decision I've made. So I hope you understand, because I'm sure there will be more holidays that I will mess up in the spirit of deadlines, commitments and deliverables.

But I know that I can be a great mom and have a thriving business. And that we can indeed have it all, my love. And together, we will.

Love, your mama

As told to M+A from Fashion Designer Azeeza Khan

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