Loralai’s first birthday was on Sunday! In keeping with my new tradition, here is my birthday letter to her. I posted her pre-birth letter yesterday.
A year ago, your dad and I sat in the hospital, completely stunned and also in awe. Your entrance into the world was so quick, so surreal, that when I sat in the early morning hours of Feb 2 holding you, I still thought it all might have been a dream.
You were bright eyed, observant and alert from the start. From day 1, you were as fascinated with your surroundings as your dad and I were with you. For hours, we sat in the hospital and watched you- sleeping, cooing, gazing around- we were enthralled by it all. I barely slept for those first few days- not because you kept me up (you were a great sleeper from the start- thanks for that!) but because I didn’t want to miss a moment.
Your first year has brought so much joy. You’ve always been quick to smile, quick to laugh, a little ray of sunshine to everyone who meets you. We’ve marveled as you grew from a tiny infant to a babbling 1 year old. It’s been a year of firsts- first smiles, first giggles, first time rolling over, first steps, first foods, first everything. I feel so lucky to be your mom, to watch you learn and grow, and to see that smile when I get home at the end of the day.
It’s weird now to imagine what our lives were like before you came along. It feels like, before you, life lacked purpose, but now that you’re here, things are finally the way they were meant to be.
Thanks for coming into our lives. We know there is so much to look forward to.