It’s your birthday! The very first one you’ve ever had, besides you know, the one where you were birthed. I have had the privilege of being by your side for every single day of your life. What a gift. I always wanted a daughter but I never realized what amazing joy you would bring.
I love the way you laugh- with your whole body- even smiles take up every inch of your face. Your dimples are the best and your little chiclets crack me up. Even when I don’t want to smile, I just physically can’t not when I see your beautiful grin. I love your crazy hair and admit that I have no idea what to do with it. I love the way you stare at everyone. I love the way you’ll snuggle when you’re tired, but if you’re awake- the world is beckoning. You don’t stop for a moment, except to stuff yet another *insert anything on the floor* into your mouth.
I love your strength. You are fearless when it comes to movement. You are so tough. The fact that you are walking already is purely you- all you. Lord knows I tried my best to thwart your progress and slow you down, but that’s impossible. I wonder how much of the way you take on this little world right now is a glimpse of how you will tackle life in the future. Oh and I can’t wait to hear you talk!
I love the way you love your brothers and how they can always calm you. I love how happy you get when they come into your room in the morning…really how excited you are when anyone comes in! I love picking you up from your crib and holding you close, kissing your cheek a million times while you just let me. I love dressing you- and how every single time I put a shirt over your head you giggle. I mean…who does that? I love you, I just love you so much. I love introducing you as my daughter…I love praying over you and dreaming of your future. I love that you’re mine.
You made me so proud at your birthday party girl… no tears when we sang the birthday song so loudly- nope, all smiles instead. And then the way you want after your birthday cake was seriously the best cake smashing I’ve ever seen. You are a star! I can’t wait to see what God has planned for your life; I have a feeling your dad and I are in for a real exciting adventure.
Happy Birthday my darling daughter- you are the best!