September 12, 2012

The little girl who turned....THREE

 Dear Liliana,

   My darling Liliana.... Happy Birthday to you!!

I realize now why on their children's birthdays mamas everywhere say reminiscing things like " On this day X number of years ago, I was bringing you into this world" It's because it is something that will always feel like it was yesterday, whether that X is a 3 or 33. Every year on this day for the rest of my life I will relive the power, emotion and love of that experience.

Truly it feels like just yesterday I was in the hospital holding your tiny body against mine. I was overcome with joy and lost in the shock that you were here and I was actually holding you in my arms. All of the months of anticipation and planning had come and gone so fast. You have changed everything about me, Lily Bear. I move and act and think differently since you were first laid across my chest. I have more purpose behind my reasons and more motivation to my actions.

I have intently watched you grow from an Infant, to a Baby, to a Toddler, and now to what I am hearing is called a pre-schooler. All of these stages have come and gone in what feels like a single breath. Each stage a little more exciting than the last. 

I marvel in your existence and spirit. I am so proud of your creativity and energy and the way that you are so accepting of everyone that you meet. I love how engaged you are with what is around you always exploring and asking how and why. You are so lovely in your smallness, in your braveness, and in the sweetness of your heart. Here is to three wonderful and beautiful years of you Liliana Lee. On this very day three wonderful years ago in the heart of the night I was bringing you into this world - and it was the start of everything.

I can't wait to marvel in another year of love and exploration with you, my darling girl. Here is to a life time of watching you grow and become.The world is yours for the taking and I have no doubts that it is what you will do.

I love you with every part of my being 
for Forever and a Day


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