To My Second Born on The Eve Of Your First Birthday

To My Second Born on The Eve Of Your First Birthday,

It’s hard to believe that this day last year, Daddy and I got in bed for the night, only to not sleep a wink as I then had my first contraction and within twelve hours, you were in our arms. The newborn days of no sleep and running on empty seem like they were years ago and you are now a true toddler running around all day long.

I am sorry I haven’t been able to give you my undivided attention like I could for your big sister. We won’t ever quite know what that’s like but I know we will enjoy our moments with just the two of us when she starts preschool next week.

I am so grateful you have been so go-with-the-flow since day one. Thank you for enduring cat naps in the car instead of a precious scheduled morning nap like your sister used to get. Your flexibility to adapt will be a wonderful quality to keep as you grow older.

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I am sorry for getting frustrated when you just want your mama and I just want a break. You are my first mama’s girl and while it is hard to feel needed all the time, seeing tears instantly stop or feeling your head snuggle on my shoulder when I come around is worth it all. I hope you always have a desire to be close to me and never stop wanting to have me be an integral part of your life.

Thank you for having patience with me while I learned to navigate life as a mama of two. It was not a seamless transition and I am such a flawed woman but you see past that and love me no matter what, just as God does, too.

I appreciate your willingness to wear hand-me-downs 75% of the time and matching dresses with your sister the other quarter of your days.

I never imagined we would have a blonde haired, blue eyed babe, but we are so grateful you are ours.

We pray you grow to know Christ at a young age and that you share His love with all those you encounter. Keep on smiling and shining! We look forward to watching you grow into your own personality in the years to come.

Love,
Your Proud Mama

*This was originally written on August 24th, 2015.

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