One year. That is how long it took to change my life forever.
Wonder: At how it is possible that a year has gone by since my daughter came into my life.
Standing on the precipice of returning to work and with my heart filled to bursting with all of these emotions, I write this letter to my daughter.
To My (Sweet, Perfect, Cuddly, Funny, Delicious) Baby Girl
For the innumerable lessons you have taught and continue to teach me daily.
For our many late nights together, you staring intently into my eyes.
For the quiet, early mornings when we would see the sun come up.
For the slightly louder, fussy times when you let me know exactly what you needed.
For the times you would fall asleep in my arms and I couldn’t bring myself to move you for hours.
For being patient with me as we struggled in the beginning.
For making me laugh more than anyone else ever has.
For making me cry more than anyone else ever has.
For the messy moments. And there were many.
For the impromptu giggles; they always brighten my day.
For the spontaneous hugs; they ground me more than anything.
For releasing my inner child; she’s been in hiding for a long time.
For the stretch marks; they have made me into a warrior.
For challenging me in ways that I did not expect.
For teaching me the true meaning of “unconditional love”.
For the tough moments that became teachable moments. They helped me grow the most.
For opening my heart in ways I could not have imagined possible.
For the privilege of watching you grow. And learn. And flourish. And fly.
For making us a family.
For choosing me.