Parenthood

A Letter To My Firstborn

L,

My oh my where do I begin? How about this? Happy Birthday my beautiful 3 year old! I can’t believe it has already been three years since you have joined this world, and what a ride it has been. Three years! That’s 36 months, 156 weeks, 1,095 days, and 26,280 hours and yet at the same time it feels like it’s been a blink of an eye since I found out that I was pregnant with you. Every day that you grow I can see your personality shining through ever more, learning who you are and how big the world is has been amazing to watch. Your first smile, first steps, and first back talk you keep your father and I amazed and on our toes. You are brave (more than your father and my heart can take most days), intelligent, sassy, kind, you take no shit, and you will do great things in life.

I know it’s cliché but it feels like just yesterday your daddy was placing you in my arms, he was the very first one to hold you you know? He is incredibly proud about that. You were so small and sweet snuggled in my arms, you barely weighed anything. I think as a parent while watching you grow older the more we look to the past and see all the changes, all the milestones, everything that has made you who you are. As I sit here now watching you playing with your brother being the best big sister in the world I still can’t believe you are mine.

As you grow older I hope you pursue your dreams. Maybe that means you will be a doctor, or a scientist but maybe that means you will stay home with your children, open your own business, or join the Peace Corps. Whatever that may be I hope you immerse yourself in it. I hope you live your life to the fullest, travel if that is your wish, love with all your heart, make lifelong friends, always be kind towards others, and never settle for less than you deserve.

You are my first child, you are the one who made me a mother and for that I will be forever grateful. I read somewhere once that having children is like living with your heart outside of your body. That statement couldn’t be more accurate. I never knew how much I could love someone until you were born; you completely turned my world on its axis. Happy Birthday my girl.

All my love,

Momma

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