Wednesday, April 28, 2010

To My (not so) Baby Girl

April 28, 2008

April 28, 2009

April 28, 2010

Dear Emma,

It's hard for me to believe that two years have passed since you came into this world. I vividly remember the day that you were born. Your daddy and I were so nervous and excited to finally meet you. It was hard to believe that you were really ours. You were so tiny, swimming in even your newborn clothes. Driving home with you from the hospital I was so nervous. I may have even made your daddy pull over to the side of the road so I could ride in the backseat to watch you. I had so much to learn (and still do!) about being a mommy.

You grew and changed so much in those first several months. I knew you were going to be spunky. Even in your first year you were silly and laughed often. You were a fun baby, but your transition from baby to toddler has been my favorite. I'm amazed by how much you've changed from your first birthday. You're no longer a baby. You're an amazing little girl. I love spending time with you, and you bring your daddy and me more joy than I even thought possible. You are so loved, baby girl. You are surrounded by people near and far that think you are so special. Even as a little two year-old you have a huge capacity to love. You're always talking about some family member, and how you want to see or call them. You love calling up a grandparent, aunt, uncle, or cousin to tell them what you're doing and to hear their voices. You also talk about your friends a lot and ask multiple times a day what they're doing.

You have quite the vocabulary and talk nonstop. I mean, seriously, nonstop. The last few times that we've taken long car rides late at night your dad and I place bets on whether you'll fall asleep or just talk incessantly. My bet is always that you'll stay awake, no matter how late it is or how action-packed our day has been. I always win. You also love to pretend with your stuffed animals. I often overhear conversations that you have telling them that they need to obey mommy or daddy. Haha- I guess that's something that you hear a lot.

You're also such an active little girl. You love running and dancing and jumping (everyone is jealous of your awesome calves) and playing outside. Whenever you're on a swing you always yell, "Go higher!" and when you learn something new you say, "Watch me!" to whoever is willing to listen. One of your favorite indoor activities is coloring, which is great because you're always good at restaurants as long as you have a crayon in front of you. Your favorite thing is drawing small circles, which I think is quite advanced for your age. :) You also have developed a love for singing. Though, I'm not going to lie, I'm pretty sure you won't be making a career out of it. Girl, right now you can hardly carry a tune, but you love belting out songs with the radio and your favorite songs to sing right now are "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" and "Jesus Loves Me."

Your daddy and I are so proud to be your parents and thank God all the time for the privilege of raising you. Of all the great experiences I've been able to have in this life, my favorite is being your mommy. I love you so much and look forward to seeing how much you'll grow in this next year. Just know that no matter how old you get, you will always be my baby girl.

Wuv you soooo much,


RyanLaurenAbby said...

Ahhhhhh... so choked up. Great letter... I need to follow suit for my kids... see you soon and Happy Birthday to my favorite Florida niece : )

Lynnette said...

Adorable post, got me choked up too. It's amazing how much they change. Enjoy every second of it.