Friday, April 5, 2013

to my baby on her birthday

Jaqs,

One year old? Already? I'm having to fight back tears just typing this because the time has passed so quickly, and I know it's not slowing down any time soon. Sure, we've had some loooong days here and there, but you've morphed from my squishy newborn to a toddler at lightening speed.
We had a bit of a struggle to get you, so I have really tried to make it a point to enjoy every day, every stage, and every trying time just the same. There were times when I heard people complaining about this aspect of parenting or that one, and I would think to myself, "Do you KNOW how I would give absolutely ANYTHING to be up at night with a baby of my own?" That's not to say I don't do any complaining of my own, but I've tried to embrace that thought and remember it when I felt like I was at the end of my patience. I hope that God continues to remind me to do so because I know we will have hard times ahead, too. That's life.
Enough about that though because today is a reason for CELEBRATION! I remember your birth day like it was yesterday. I have never experienced so much emotion or a love so pure as the moment I saw you for the first time. You were perfect, and you still are in my eyes. I knew that I wanted to do everything right by you; I wanted to give you the world. I've done my best up to this point to pour love over you every single day, and I will continue to do so for the rest of my days. You are easy to love, baby girl.
I pray so many prayers for you, but most of all I pray that you will have an unshakeable relationship with our Heavenly Father because HE is the only One that will be able to give you all the desires of your heart. I know that's true because He gave me you AND your daddy. I also pray that He will guide us down this parenting path we're on, and that you will never once question the love we have for you. We're so, SO far from perfect parents, but I hope you always know that we're doing our very best.
Thank you, sweetie, for making me a mommy. You make me laugh every single day; you truly light up my world, and of course, you keep me on my toes!
I love your spirit. 
Your spunk is undeniable.
Your smile and giggles? Contagious.
Your cuddles are rare, but I treasure each one.
You will always be our angel baby, our Jaqsy Pea, our little love bug.
Happy FIRST birthday to you! Let's get this party started!

Love forever,
Mommy

14 comments:

Jenn said...

I can't believe she is one! Time goes by so fast! This is so, so very sweet - it brought a tear to my eye. I hope you have a wonderful birthday celebration. Jaqs is lucky to have such a wonderful mommy to call her own!

Jess Norden said...

Oh my goodness, Happy 1st Birthday!!! What a great post...it even gave ME goosebumps!

Jessica Turner said...

Thank you for making me cry right after I put on my make-up ;) You are such a wonderful mommy and I'm so happy God blessed you with Jaqs. She is one lucky girl!

Kate @ Green Fashionista said...

Can't believe it's been a year already! Such a beautiful family :)

Anonymous said...

Grammie Loves, Loves, Loves her Jaqsy Girl...Happy Birthday SWEET Angel!!! You have brought so much SUNSHINE to our world:)

Kaila Nickel said...

So sweet! Love you both.

Kelly Mann said...

So, so sweet!! Happy birthday jaqs!!

Kaycee Gossett said...

Such a sweet letter! I made Kaeden a book and wrote him a letter for his 1 year birthday. It such a bitter sweet moment for us mommies when they turn one! Hope she has a wonderful first birthday!

Sara said...

So wonderful. I can't believe our babies are no longer really babies. Where did this past year go?! Happy birthday little lady!

Emily Marie said...

Wishing Jaqs the Happiest 1st Birthday! Enjoy this very special day with your lil lady:)

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Amanda said...

oh my! TEARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i'm right there with ya girl. :( i can't believe it has been a year. happy birthday sweet girl!

Anna & Kirby said...

Time sure does fly!! Our guy is 9.5 months and that's sad enough:/

Stephanie said...

You are killing me, Katie!! Baby girl is so precious on her own and you went over the top with this post. I am not a crier but dang, you got me sobbing!! What a beautiful miracle babies are. I am so happy you and Rob have Jaqs as your blessing.

Happy Birthday Jaqs!!

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