To My Sweet, Sweet Girl ~
I spent a few minutes (OK, several minutes) looking back through pictures from this past year and watching with amazement at the ways in which you’ve grown and changed and blossomed into an adorable little toddler. You are quickly exploring the world around you, interacting with your big brother, and learning every single day. I love your tricky side as you offer to share your Cheerios and then take them back at the last moment, a huge grin making your cheeks even fuller, rounder. Or when you quicken your pace when you hear me coming behind you as you climb the stairs, the chair, the couch – whatever you can conquer.
On the one hand, I want to suspend time so I can keep you snuggled in my arms forever, feel the soft squish of your chubby arms, watch your slow smirks stretch across your face making your eyes sparkle. And yet….I see you thinking, learning, watching and responding to the world around you, and I anxiously await your first words, and the conversations that I know will make me laugh and cry. I’m amazed by the tenacity you already display. You are courageous and strong, you are funny and silly, you let nothing stand in your way. You offer glimpses of the young lady you’ll become, sharing a sly side of you that I’m sure will keep me on my toes in about ten years.
Baby Girl, you are the light of my life and I hope you always know how much I love you. I am so very blessed to be your Mommy and share in celebrating the person you will become. Thank you for reminding me of the joy that comes both in giving and receiving unconditional love. Happy Birthday!