To my sweet baby girl who is now one,
How amazing to think we’ve been a family of four for a year now! And yet, at the same time, how amazing to think you haven’t always been with us. You have been a joyous addition to our lives. A year ago today we first held you in our arms. You were seven and a half pounds of absolute helplessness. But look at you now!
You are our little baby bird, our eager eater, our little dancer, our fearless climber. You are our speedy crawler and our tentative little walker (though soon, we are sure, to be our confident little runner). You can play independently and for extended periods like few babies I’ve ever known. Yet you can also be a social butterfly seeking out the eyes of strangers we meet and offering them your beautiful smile. That smile of yours is something special. It lights up your whole face and causes those around you to smile too. And your giggle, oh your giggle, it comes readily and often in fits and we can’t help but join in.
You are playful, curious, and loving. You are a mama’s girl but you also love your brother and your daddy fiercely. Whenever you go into a different room, you search for your boys. The way you reach out for your daddy and put your arms around his neck to give him big hugs melts my heart.
We have loved watching you grow and come into your own personality. You are a passionate soul who is already very clear about what you like or want and don’t like or want. Though this passion and determination may challenge us as parents (boy, can you ever be insistent!), these are character traits that will serve you well in life. And though, at times, I try to quiet you (you can be VERY loud), it is good you have a big voice and state your needs. Be heard; be strong and confident in your opinions.
My wishes for you include a strong and healthy body that will help you achieve anything you put your mind to, the ability to see life as a glass half full (to brimming), the confidence to strut your stuff with a good dose of humility to give you balance, the intelligence to do well in school and to make smart choices for yourself, facing challenges that are surmountable (we all need to strive for things), and a life liberally laced with blessings.
Our lives are better because you are part of them. We love you more than words can adequately express. xoxoxo