Oh my heart. I can’t believe I’m writing you in celebration of your very first birthday. Already. I remember your birth day so vividly: seeing your pops crying tears of happiness when our midwife handed you to us; being placed on my chest for the very first time; the feeling of love that swept over my whole body when I looked at your sweet face.
You’ve changed us. You have taught us unconditional, unrelenting, forever-and-ever-and-ever love. The kind of love that we could only dream and wish about. A love that makes me want to hug strangers and wrap my arms around the whole universe, if I could.
I feel sad I can’t explain in words exactly how special you are. You exude warmth and joy and kindness, and bring happiness to everyone you meet. You’re independent and strong and clever and the smartest one year old I know. I’m so proud of the person you’re already becoming, and the kind of person I know you’re going to be.
Thank you for being you. Thank you for making us better people and for teaching us the truest sense of the word LOVE. Thank you for being patient while we learn about parenting one minute at a time, and for choosing US to be your mama and papa.
Here’s to an amazing first year, my little possum blossum. We are the luckiest two people in the whole wide world, and we love love love love love love LOVE you so very much.
[Thank you to all our friends and family for helping to make Pippa's first birthday so special and memorable. We LOVED having you there to help join in celebrating this amazing milestone, and are so grateful to you all! Special thanks to my sister Mary and her husband Eric, who hosted the party at their lovely Seattle home!]