It’s finally here! My baby girl is ONE! Happy Birthday to London! Nick says he is surprising us girlies with dinner reservations somewhere special tonight; I can’t wait! Tomorrow we will be having her birthday photo shoot and then some family and friends over to celebrate. I thought now would be the perfect time to say all of the things I have wanted to say to the little girl that has stolen my heart. This letter literally took me days to write because I wanted it to be perfect. Then I just stopped editing it and let my imperfections flow… I cried writing most of it and I think I’ll cry every time I read it. Now everything that people have been telling me makes perfect sense- a mother’s love is so difficult to put into words; you just feel it. Thank you God for another beautiful day. Enjoy it, loves!
Happy, happy birthday to my sweet and darling baby girl! London, you are my biggest blessing in life. There is nothing that has brought me more joy than being your mommy. God knew what he was doing by giving you to me- but he always does. I am so grateful to have you as my daughter. It is the best reminder when I look into your beautiful, big brown eyes and you reach for my face so we can give each other eskimo kisses in the morning. My little doll- you have changed me more than you will ever know, and now suddenly you are ONE!
It seems cliché to say that I blinked and the past 365 days flew by but it sure seems like they have. I still remember us bringing you home from the hospital. I was so anxious about getting you home safe and sound. I couldn’t stop staring at you. When I finally pulled myself away to take a quick shower, I came out and saw your daddy just watching you sleep in your bassinet. I thought, “Oh my God- is this real life?” I then whispered to myself, “Thank you Jesus,” with tears in my eyes. My love, not a single thing has changed. I still can’t take my eyes off of you; I still can’t stop snuggling you and showering you with kisses. As a matter of fact, I can’t ever imagine things not being this way.
I still can’t believe it has been twelve whole months of loving you my sweet girl. I fall more in love with you by the minute. I love following you around trying to keep up with your adventures and curiosity. I love to watch you explore your surroundings and give out your sweet, innocent smiles to whomever you see. I never knew motherhood would feel this way…
You look at me like I can fix anything and can make everything right. I hope you will always need me like this. I hope you will always cuddle up to me and squeeze me tight. I hope you will always shriek and laugh when you hear me coming up the stairs and then crawl/walk/run up to me and jump into my arms when I get home from work.
My sweet darling little London, words can’t express how much I adore you. My world and heart are so full because of the joy you bring me… I feel so blessed to have you as my forever best friend. You are more than anything I could have ever dreamed. You are the sweetest soul with the biggest personality wrapped in one tiny little body.
This past year has been unlike anything I could have ever imagined- it truly felt like a fairytale. Your daddy and I have enjoyed every minute of everyday watching you grow and learn and explore the world around you. My darling love, this is only the beginning and our best years are ahead of us… keep shining, keep smiling and ALWAYS remember that you are MAGIC.
When you are old enough to read and old enough to understand, remember that I will always be your biggest fan, and that the day you were born my whole world changed- that will always be my favorite day.
On your first birthday and every birthday, I promise to make all of your dreams a reality and to make every wish of yours come true. My best friend in the whole wide world- I love you, I adore you and you will ALWAYS be my baby.