For my daughter on her third birthday:
It’s hard to believe that it was 3 whole years ago that I first met you, held you in my arms and instantly fell in love with you. In that moment, I knew my life had changed for the better. Motherhood has been my greatest blessing.
At 3 years old, you are constantly learning and absorbing new information. You are learning to think logically, ask questions and negotiate…. And boy, can you ever negotiate! Your personality is really shining as you develop your own interests and you are deciding what you want and don’t want in life. You are so full of life with a personality that can fill a room and I couldn’t be more proud of you.
You are learning so much about this world. You are fascinated by new places and experiences. You excitedly call out the numbers that label the cashier aisles at the grocery store, you notice puppies, squirrels and sea gulls at the park. You love trying to find Mommy’s car in the parking lot when we leave a store. You love to smell flowers, pick up sticks and leaves, count the clouds in the sky and splash in puddles. Being able to see the world through your eyes has been such a delight. I hope that you always keep your sense of adventure and wonder. This world can be cold but you can make it a better place. I hope that you continue to offer a warm smile and a hello to a stranger, even if the smile and hello are not returned to you.
May you always be true to yourself. In the past year, you decided that you did not like dance class. That is perfectly okay. You also found a deep love for dinosaurs. That is okay too. Follow your heart and know that I will support you no matter what you choose as long as you are staying true to yourself. As you get older, these choices will be much bigger than choosing dinos over tutus, but please know that as your mommy, I will always be there to help you put the tutus in the closet and play “dinos” on the living room floor or whatever you decide is the right fit for you. I will always support you and encourage you. That being said, you do have to try new things. You will never know what you will love, what talents you have and what ignites your soul if you don’t try new things.
I hope that you never take life too seriously and can always see the rainbows after the storm. Not every day will be a good day and that is okay. The “not so good” days help us to appreciate the good days. Continue to make the most of whatever situation life throws at you and splash in the puddles on the rainy days. Be sure to laugh. Laughter is so important. Sometimes when you feel discouraged and down, a little bit of laughter can change your whole perspective and allow you to see things more clearly. Be silly. Laugh every day.
I hope that you are always as loving as you are right now. You are such a sweet big sister to your little brother. You look out for him to make sure he’s okay and has what he needs. You love to sing to him, rock him to sleep with Mommy and Daddy and shower him with lots of hugs and kisses and cuddles. Your smiles and hugs and high 5’s can turn any one of Mommy’s hard days into a great day. You have the ability to warm my heart and brighten my day with just a smile or a hug. Don’t ever lose that. You are such a special little girl with so much love to offer. Be loving to others. Open up your heart and allow others to love you too. But please, do not ever put up with people who are wreckless with your heart. Never let anyone dull your sparkle.
Watching you grow over the past 3 years has been quite the adventure. We are learning so much together and I couldn’t be more grateful for all of the experiences we’ve shared. I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for you… But please stop growing up so fast!
Happy 3rd birthday to my sweet, fiercely independent, kind, hilarious, loving 3 year old.
Keep shining bright, little one!