I have been doing a lot of reflecting over the last couple of days. And it blows my mind that one year ago, I was one day short of meeting you for the very first time. I remember trying to imagine what your face would look like. I couldn’t picture you, at all. Now, your face is so familiar and I can’t imagine you looking any other way! One year ago, I had no idea that this would be the last full day I carried you inside my body. That contractions would start that night and you would decide to come into the world, one week early. One year ago, I was super preoccupied with getting the house ready and wanting to make sure it was perfect for you. One year ago, I had no idea how much my life would change. One year ago, I thought I already loved you….I had no concept of how much my heart would grow and how my reason for living would totally shift. One year ago I was nervous about labor and delivery. One year ago, we were a family of two. One year ago, my life was incomplete…
Then the most amazing thing that has every happened to me…ever…happened. You were born.
As I reflect all weekend, it is with bittersweet emotion that I welcome your very first birthday. The year has flown by too quickly. You’ve grown so much from your very first day in this world. Every day that passes I love you more than the last, and I’m never sure how that is possible! You have changed me into a completely different person and I will always be eternally grateful to you for that. One day, when you’re a mommy, I think you’ll understand what I’m talking about. 🙂
But until then, I’m going to keep soaking this in. It feels very good. Tomorrow you will have spent 1 year with your daddy and me. I can say with absolute certainty; this has been THE BEST YEAR OF MY LIFE.
Happy birthday to my little sparkle, my reason for living, my pride and joy…MY DAUGHTER. I love you.