On Friday my dear sweet girl turned one. This post is entirely for her. I hope that someday down the line she will read this and know how much joy she brings to my life.
What a year this has been. I never in my life knew that I could be so happy, and I definitely never thought that one person could bring me so much joy that I feel giddy–but you do just that. Life before you is now a distant memory, but I do remember always feeling that there was something missing, that was you. When we finally met you for the first time I felt as if I had already known you for years, you just fit so seamlessly into our lives. This is probably not anything you can understand until you have children of your own, but I do hope you can one day understand and feel the immense amounts of joy that I have felt since your arrival.
Though you are only a year, it has been a long time since I thought of you as a baby. Everyone tells me you are an old soul, and I must agree. It isn’t just because you started walking at nine months, and it isn’t because you are a skinny little thing without an ounce of baby chub on you. No, you seem to have a wisdom that many others who encounter you can see in your eyes and sense in your presence. Though you don’t say many actual words yet, you understand so much. Some days the things you know astounds me. There have been many instances where I have said a word that I had no idea that you know, and you will casually point it out or go grab the item. You are so quick to learn, I sometimes worry about keeping up with you and that I am providing you with enough stimulation to keep you going.
To say that I am a proud mama would be an understatement. Lucy, you have taught me so much in the last year, I have learned compassion, patience, and most importantly the meaning of my life. I look forward to every day we have together and am so excited to learn more and more about you with every day that passes. Thank you for being a part of my life.