Happy first birthday! We had such a great day today just the three of us, your Daddy, you and me. We enjoyed a breakfast out together (where you were given a special birthday cupcake by the people who work there–they love you too, you see!), we visited Build-A-Bear workshop and then took a quick trip to Hershey’s Chocolate World. We love spending time with you and had a great time celebrating you and all the wonderful moments you have brought into our lives in the past year.
I am writing this to you knowing that someday you will read it. While I am having a hard time really putting into words what I want to say, I want you to know that the love I have for you is the strongest love I have ever felt in my life. You make me want to be a better person. You make me smile when I am sad and you are always my “happy thought” when I need it the most. My mind always wanders to thoughts of you throughout my day and when I picture you in my mind I picture you laughing and smiling while playing and giving sweet soft kisses like you always do. You are the most wonderful, precious and amazing gift we have ever been given. I hope that someday you know just how much you are loved and just how special you are to your Daddy and me.
When I was a little girl, I knew that when I grew up I wanted to get married and become a Mommy. At night I would pray for Daddy (who I didn’t know yet) and I would also pray for my children that I would have some day. Rachel, I have been praying for you my whole life. I feel like I have known you forever and that you were always meant to be apart of our family. I had no idea when I was saying those prayers what you would look like or how sweet your little personality would be, but I knew that I would love you with my whole heart.
We are so blessed to have you in our lives and we are so thankful to have been given the opportunity to be your parents. We promise to love you always and to do anything we can to help you be your best version of yourself. We will be here for you to encourage you and to give you guidance when needed. We will play together, laugh together and love together. I hope that someday you read this blog and know just how much I love you and how much I enjoy spending time with you and watching you grow. There is no better way to spend my day than sitting on the floor playing with you or snuggling you on the couch or (gasp) rocking you to sleep! Sometimes I just can’t help it…one day you will be all grown up and I will think back to the days of my little chubby baby with those adorable cheeks and I will get a tear in my eye thinking about how fast the time has gone by.
I love your smile. I love your laugh. I love the way that you get so excited when you see dogs. I love your eyes. I love your big baby belly and your cute chubby cheeks. I love your happy personality and your big cheesy grin. Most of all, I love everything about you. I always have, and I always will.