Note: I’m not a big believer in the “letters to babies” genre of blog posts. However, in honor of Bunny’s first birthday, I’m giving myself a pass. Feel free to skip this one if you don’t feel like slogging through it. This one’s for my daughter. 🙂
To My LiLi Love,
Exactly 365 days ago you came into this world, and this world became a whole lot better.
You don’t know this yet, but with time you will learn that birthdays involve a lot of “thank you”s.
You thank people for their good wishes, you thank them for coming to your party, you thank them for gifts.
But you’re not quite old enough to say thank you yet.
I’m sure the time will come that you’ll say it quite a lot on your birthdays, since your mama and aba will make sure to teach you how to do that.
But in honor of your first year, I’d like to turn the tables a little bit.
I’d like to say thank you to YOU. Because you’re not old enough to understand this yet, but for such a little person you’ve given your mama some pretty huge gifts over the last year.
So: Thank you LiLi Love.
For teaching me what it means to love another human being in a way that transcends all reason.
For every time you smile and bounce up and down when I come to pick you up from day care.
For every night that you can’t sleep, and I take you in my arms and cuddle you in mama and aba’s bed, and you promptly drift off, and keep your hand over my heart.
For every time you start dancing when music plays.
Especially when it’s good music. Like yesterday, when Queen came on and you immediately started rocking out. That made me very proud.
For your exuberant love of my cooking. Watching you passionately pig out on my chicken meatballs is one of my favorite new hobbies.
For your boundless curiosity, which helps me see the world differently.
For having the most exquisite laugh I have ever heard, and for sharing it with the world so freely.
For smiling and waving at total strangers, even when you’re tired and cranky.
For making me laugh. All the time. Because you’re freaking adorable.
For being as stubborn as your mama, and helping your mama understand that being stubborn is ok.
For giving me perspective.
For making your aba and I work hard at being good parents for you.
For grounding me in reality.
For loving me even though I’m imperfect.
For making me constantly strive to do better.
For giving me the best year of my life so far.
For being you. For being exactly you.
Like I tell you every night: I love you more than anything in this world, and I will always love you no matter what. Even if you grow alfalfa sprouts out of your ears, paint your skin purple, decide to talk exclusively in Latin, and pursue a career as a roller skating fire eater. I will always love you without limits.
From here to the moon to the sun and back. Times infinity to the power of infinity.
Happy birthday LiLi Love. Mama loves you.