A Letter to my Daughter on her First Birthday:
I waited a long time for you; in fact I was convinced I would never have a child of my own. Then on December 19, 2010, it was confirmed – you were on your way. I am sure I will torture you for years to come on how much I hated being pregnant and how I could have skipped the whole labor thing all together but at 2:14PM on September 4, 2011, it was all worth it as we welcomed you into the world. Everyone couldn’t wait to meet you – your brother Hayden, Grandma and Grandpa Jones, Auntie Angela, Auntie Liz, Auntie Amanda, and Uncle Tom were all there to greet you right away. You were a miracle baby, a true blessing that came when I would need it the most. I don’t think I can ever make you understand how much you have helped me through this last year which ended up being the best and worst year of my life. Even though you are only a baby, I do not think I would have survived without you. You have been the strength that I needed through a difficult time. As sad as I am to watch you grow, I am also excited to see what you will do next, how you will change, and who you will become. I apologize in advance for all the things that I will do that will make you mad or upset with me, but know they are done out of love (and maybe sometimes a lack of sleep!). I hope as you grow up you will always know how much you are loved by me, your dad and so many others. My hope for myself is that I can be even half the mother to you that my mother was to me and if I can succeed at that then you can succeed at anything. You are a strong, smart, beautiful, and independent little girl and I hope that never changes.
I love you more than I ever knew was possible,