To my beautiful, amazing and wonderful daughter,
You have joined our lives almost 2 years ago and I could not imagine life any other way. You brighten our days with your smile, your sparkly eyes and cuddling ways.
When we found out we were expecting another baby, we felt at ease because we already had some experience with your brother. Lucky for you we had learned from a few mistakes we made with him that we wouldn’t reproduce with you!
My pregnancy was very different. I do blame you for having gained 65 pounds but also thank you for helping lose 80 with your around the clock nursing. Your first few months were definitely challenging. But we all made it.
The day I went to my ultrasound to find out the gender of my baby, the sky was pink – I will never forget that day! Daddy and I knew it was a sign of what the news would be. When it was confirmed by the x-ray technician that you were indeed a girl, I was overjoyed!
But then I started worrying. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to raise a girl in this world we live in. I was (and still) worried about peer pressure, body image and the way the digital world is impacting the real world. Like every mother out there, I want you to become a strong, smart, funny, happy and independent woman. I knew how to raise a boy but what would I do with a girl, that would turn into a teenage girl, into a young woman?! Many have comforted me by saying that I was all these traits and that I should not worry but I still have my doubts!
So far, I think our relationship and how you are turning out to be as giving and kind as your brother, that we are on a good path. You are the light of our days. You are the spirit of my heart. You are my life. You are my sweet, little baby who is growing up way too fast. And yes, you are already a “daddy’s girl”!
As you grow into your own person, know that I will always be there for you. I will be there to share your successes, pains and failures. Also know that you, only you have the power to make yourself happy and know that you are enough. As you grow up, you will learn that life can be filled with significant and real emotions OR your heart and mind can be filled with materialistic stuff. I will do my very best, to make sure you know the difference. It is so easy to fall on the other side and be content, for a short amount of time, with stuff. But, because it isn’t authentic, you would get into a never ending cycle.
I want you to find true, pure, unconditional love – of yourself. With that, you will appreciate the nice stuff but they will not define you. With that, you will live a life of true happiness, kindness and gratitude. When bad things will happen, because this is life, we fall and we get back up, you will know how to handle yourself and be at peace.
I promise to be a role model of what I am sharing with you today. I will showcase a love of myself, show you to be a lady, show you to have fun, show you to be authentic and I will try everyday to be the best mom I can be.
I cannot wait to see the girl, teenager and woman you turn out to be. You have so many people who love you and who would do anything for you. Know that you are loved. So much. I hope you and I have the relationship my mom and I have. We talk, share, cry, laugh together and I would not want it any other way.