I wanted to let you know that I am enjoying these tiny glimpses into the person you will become. There are so many wonderful qualities in your personality that I adore. Your father and I adore you.
First, let’s talk about your stubbornness. At times, it can be super frustrating. The nights it takes hours to get you to fall asleep because you are too busy exploring. The days you just go and go and go like an Energizer bunny with no off switch. What I love, though, is that I know in your future, this stubbornness and dogged determination will serve you well. You will never give up until you accomplish your goals and that makes my heart glad. I glory in your spirit and it inspires me to do the same. Who knew an eight month old baby could hold such a huge personality and inspire such great things in her parents?
Secondly, your laugh…and smile. These two things alone could bring about world peace. I love the way you have your devious laugh…the one you get when you are about to do something I’ve told you not to do a million times. The way your eyes get all squinty when you smile really big because you succeeded at something. The squeal you give me when you are so tickled by something you can barely contain yourself….or the way seeing one of your dogs makes you kick your legs and slap your knees in delight. This joy will bring you great happiness in this life. Never lose the delight you have in the small things. If you can remember this, you will always be happy.
The way you crawl is so sweet. Daddy calls you our little Comodo dragon. You can be so sneaky when you are out to get your little fat doggie. Slowly, you creep up on the corner of the sofa…then, as you round the corner by his pen, you pick up speed because you think I can’t see you. When I find you with that huge grin on your face, I can’t help but laugh. Mommy can tell it’s going to be hard to get on to you when you are being naughty when you look at me like that. You are always in a hurry. Sometimes, I worry you are in too much of a hurry to grow up and explore. Always remember, you can take your time. We’ll be here and we don’t want you to rush! Although, you do take time to stop and smell…er…taste the roses.
I love you so much. You are so strong, clever, resilient, stubborn, smart, and beautiful. You are my daughter and my life.
Always remember, you can do anything you want.