Gracie Kate, where has this year gone? I still remember the feeling of your newborn body cozied into me, sleeping the day away. They say “Don’t blink, you’ll miss it.” I tried to drink it all in, and yet, it passed just the same.
These days, I have to chase you down for a kiss! I have to hide anything with buttons. I cannot vacuum alone, and anything with a cord is the best toy you’ve ever seen. You are in love with the world, and I have a front-row seat.
I don’t know how I am so lucky to be your Mommy. I’m blessed that you grew inside of me for 9 months, and that now, you are experiencing the world with me. Everything is new again! I haven’t looked so closely at a leaf/my hands/the floor/door hinges in ages! Sticks certainly are awesome, and daddy’s glasses ARE fun to throw down the stairs!
You are bringing out the best in me, the best in dad, and the best in everything you touch. I may not get to snuggle you quite as much anymore, but I love watching you grow. I love watching you take risks and try new things. I’m here when you need someone to cushion your fall, or tell you why the cat is not a toy (“She has sharp fingers”), or rock you to sleep. As long as you’ll have me, and even after you don’t need me, I’ll always be here.
I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss your tiny snuggles, but I love your sloppy big-kid kisses. This past year has been different than I thought it would be: more challenging, more smelly, more confusing, and yet, more perfect than I think I deserve.
Keep shining, sweet one! You have the brightest soul I know.