This time last year, at exactly 1:01 AM, the sweetest, most beautiful girl I’ve ever met introduced herself to me.
My baby girl is ONE today! ONE!
Oh my dear sweet little honu; I’ve spent the better part of the year flip-flopping between wishing for time to slow down to keep you from growing up so fast and being absolutely delighted in the changes that you go through every single day.
This has been one of the most amazing years of my life. I never knew how much one person could change my world. I live in such complete joy and happiness. I’m thankful to your dad for giving me the gift of you. And I’m thankful that both he and I can experience being your parents. You make our lives so much more sweeter just by having you.
I’ve heard of the struggles and hard times that come with parenthood…..but I guess I must have lucked out because I’ve not once struggled with being a mom, YOUR mom. Your smile lightens up every one of my burdens. And even in your crankiest moments, I love holding you close and having you cling to my shirt or my finger for comfort. The late nights, while not always easy, were precious because I knew I had you to reach out to and I knew I was providing you with security and comfort. And hearing you breathe in deeply and relax into my arms as you finally settle into sleep is one of the greatest feelings I can feel.
I’ve seen you grow up so fast in just one year….and in the last month alone, I smile at how you look over at me for reassurance as you climb up yet another box, and pull yourself onto a chair. Or the way you look at me or daddy with total trust in your eyes as you lunge off the couch, knowing that one of us will be there to catch you. I can’t help but laugh at your stunned expression as you lay on the floor, wondering what the heck just happened. But you rarely cry at the shock. Your spirit and confidence continues to grow, and I’m happy we’ve been able to nurture your sense of adventure and your bravery.
And even though I get a little misty-eyed as you take another cautious step, I absolutely love the person you are becoming. I still cling to my teeny little girl and hope each day you don’t grow up too fast. Childhood is fleeting enough as it is….I want to keep you there for as long as possible.
Enjoy your big day my sweet little girl! Today – and Saturday – you get to eat all the cake you want! 🙂
We love you baby!