Friday, August 9, 2013

To my daughter on your first birthday

To my daughter on (the eve of) your first birthday,

Avery Grace, where do I begin?  

One year ago,  at 6:50pm, I heard your sweet cry for the first time.
It was the sweetest sound I had ever heard.  Right then and there my life changed.  
One year ago, I spent the night staring at your precious face, thanking God for the greatest blessing. 
One year ago, your dad and I announced your birth to our family and friends.  
One year ago, we became a family of three. 
On August 10th, one year ago I experienced the greatest joy of my life.   

Without a doubt, this past year has been the best year of my life (of course your dads too). 
Because of you, I am a mom.  Something I have always dreamed of being.  
Because of you, I know the deepest meaning of love. 
Because of you, I strive to be the best I can be.   
Because of you, I feel complete.  
You my daughter, have changed my life in the absolute best way possible. 

I read somewhere that having a child is like letting your heart walk around outside of your body.
That couldn't be more true. 

It’s amazing to see how much you have changed over the past year.  
You went from an ittty bitty 6lb baby to a walking and talking one year old.  
You went from sleeping away the day snuggled in my arms to climbing on me like I’m a jungle gym.  
You went from reaching at objects on your play mat to learning how to wavy bye bye and give high fives.  You went from baby cooes to babbling to your first words, dada and mama. 
 You went from rolling, to crawling to walking! 
You went from being a baby to being considered a toddler (even though you wlll always be my baby). 

You are such a happy girl and have a smile that lights up the room. 
We often say you smile with your eyes, it's contagious. 
You're an easy go lucky baby but at the same time you know exactly what you want. 
One of the best things about you is the love you give. 
From your smiles to your hugs and kisses and best of all cuddles. 
I can't get enough of you. 

You, my child are also FUNNY!
You are very aware of this.  
You make crazy noises and when we laugh, you keep doing them. 
You love attention and once you have it, you know how to keep it. 
Then you laugh right along with us.  
This is the case everywhere we go. 
You're known at the grocery store. The baggers love pushing you out to the car.
If we go out to dinner, you flirt with everyone in your eyesight.
To see you make others smile and bring such joy to others is an indescribable feeling.  
You are such a special girl, I am so proud to call you mine.  

I have so many hopes and dreams for you in this life.
 I know that God has a purpose for you and He is going to use you to do amazing things.
 I hope that no matter what you do and where you go, you know you’re never alone.  
I hope you have the confidence to be who you want to be. 
  I hope that you have the courage to go after your dreams and determination to not give up.  
I hope that you are brave when faced with challenges. 
  I hope that you have compassion for others and a giving heart. 
  Most of all, I hope that you get the most out of this life you’ve been blessed with. 

No matter what, I will always be here for you. 
  I will be here to hold your hand when you need support. 
Lend an ear when you want to talk. 
Pick you up when you fall and most of all guide you the best I can through this life.  
The most important thing I want you to know is that you are loved.  So very loved.  

Happy 1st birthday, my precious daughter. 
I love you to the moon and back sweet girl.  

Love, Mommy  

PS. Usually I write letters to you from mommy and daddy.
But your daddy has decided that he wants to write you his own letter.
He is going to write you one every year and give them to you when you turn 18.
 He won't even let me see them!
He’s a very special man, you are lucky to call him daddy.


P!nky said...

HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY to your sweet lil one!


Kasey Sutgrey said...

Happy Birthday! This letter is so sweet and she will love reading it one day!

Mrs. S said...

I cannot believe she's one!! That is so sweet of your husband! Happy birthday weekend to sweet Avery!!

LC said...

Happy Birthday Avery!!!! Sweetest letter:)

the girl in the red shoes said...

Happy birthday Avery! You are such a blessing to your mommy and daddy! Enjoy your big day pretty girl!

Emily said...

And now I am crying... Happy Birthday sweet Avery!!!! You are truly a beauty I can't wait to continue to watch you grow. Have the BEST day tomorrow at your big FIRST BIRTHDAY! XO

Katie said...

Awwww, so so sweet!! A big happy birthday to your little girl. I love the idea of your husband writing her his own letter!

Joeylee said...

Happy birthday Avery! What a sweet idea for your husband to write her letters each year

Carolyn said...

Such a sweet letter! :) And I LOVE the idea that he's writing letters to her! ADORABLE!!!

Vanessa said...

Happy Birthday Eve, sweet Avery!!!! Hope you have the best day ever tomorrow!!!

Emily Marie said...

Wishing Avery The Happiest First Birthday!!! Have fun celebrating and enjoy this very special day:)

This letter is so sweet and her picture is just too Adorable!!!

katie ridings said...

aww happy birthday cutie!!

Caley-Jade Rosenberg said...

Happy birthday Avery Grace!! You have such a special mommy and these letters are too sweet! Can't wait to see all your party pics x

Ashley said...

Happy Birthday Avery!! Hope you had a great weekend celebrating!!

Cuttysark said...

Sweet messages, thanks for sharing your daughter's birthday.

Cheers and hugs,

Mazharul Islam said...

Birthday is the day when most people in most of the culture celebrate as they were born on this day. More often it is celebrated by, birthday greeting cards and birthday party with friend's, family and loved ones around

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prathi said...

Today is my daughters birthday
Went though ur post...
Ur a perfect Mom & Dad... God bless her with all wit joy n care...
I wonder seeing ur post that the same feelings seeing my daughter a yr nw.
I LOVE HER... She just kept me Smiling Laughing Enjoying & shared full of Love...
Wish all kids b blessed with sweet parents...


Have gone through your letter..just loved it...My daughter turned one few days back, can co-relate with your feelings..I am not a good writer but loved the way you expressed, sorry without your permission have posted this on my wall..