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Friday, October 9, 2015

Tess's 1st Birthday Letter {From Mommy}

We have so many traditions but one of my favorites is the yearly letter we write to our children! I love writing these posts and going through and finding all the pics of us with our children and looking back over their year of life. Its funny because I think each 1st birthday letter has gotten longer and longer with each child and has more pics. Most people say they slack on taking pictures the more kids they have...but I think I take more?!?! 





My dear Tess,


I have lived in a state of denial in hopes that maybe if I didn’t accept your birthday that you’d simply stay my little baby forever. You have been a blessing to me from your very first breath. I know so many people who stop at two children but I thank God every day that Daddy and I agreed we wanted more. You have been a true gift to our family.




While I was pregnant with you I felt so confident in my ability to smoothly handle the transition into having three children. I enjoyed my pregnancy and savored the feeling of your little kicks. Your delivery was nothing short of perfection. It was my best delivery experience yet and I couldn’t believe how perfect you were right from the start! I thought you were a boy up until the moment they said “it’s a girl” and I have never been so happy to be wrong. I can’t imagine you being anyone but you!





I struggled a bit more than I had anticipated when adding you to our lives. It was trickier than I thought it would be but you were worth all the stresses over sleep training and crazy raging hormones. It took a good 4 months or so but we got in our groove and it’s been smooth sailing ever since.




I will never forget those first days in the hospital with you. It was such a special time. I loved holding you close and getting that quality one on one time together. You were such a beautiful newborn. You were my own personal baby doll! People haven’t stopped talking about how pretty you are since the moment you were born!





I love all of my children so deeply and it’s amazing to me how the heart never runs out of room. I feel like each baby I have I love more intensely earlier than the one prior. It’s like I understand what parenting is about and I understand the true gift of being a mother so I love each of you all that much more.




With you I appreciated things that I’ve never fully appreciated in the past. I have a better understanding at how quickly time passes. I look at your brother and how he wipes off my kisses and I know that you will get to that point before I know it (I will still kiss you though so deal with it!) so I sit with you more. I hug you more. I kiss on you more. I truly ENJOY the day each and every day because I recognize what a gift it is.





With you I appreciated things that I’ve never fully appreciated in the past. I have a better understanding at how quickly time passes. I look at your brother and how he wipes off my kisses and I know that you will get to that point before I know it (I will still kiss you though so deal with it!) so I sit with you more. I hug you more. I kiss on you more. I truly ENJOY the day each and every day because I recognize what a gift it is.




Nursing you has also been an amazing experience. You have enjoyed it on a level I haven’t personally witnessed before. It was frustrating that you didn’t want to take a bottle but all those frustrations and worries were worth it to have the bond we share through our nursing experience together. I never understood mamas who nursed their toddlers but I do now…you just love it and so do I!





My favorite part of each day is the time period after you finish nursing and before I put you to bed. I LOVE just sitting with you in my lap. We giggle and cuddle and it’s just precious, precious time. I can’t even put into words how much that time of the day means to me. My life is so busy and it’s just a chance to relax and cherish you!





Seeing you with your siblings has also been such a gift. They adore you and spoil you constantly! Anytime you even let out the slightest whimper you have all four of us running to meet your desires. We are probably in trouble with you ;) While Britt took longer to warm up to you, Kye has loved you from the start. Seeing him with that look of pride on his face in the hospital when you were born is something I will never forget. You have THE best big brother and sister. I know they will always look out for you and be examples of Christ for you to follow.





I am especially excited to see you and Britt and the bond you will share as sisters. It’s starting to develop now as you are getting older and it’s so, so precious. I always wanted a sister and am so thankful we were able to give you guys each other. I pray that you will always be the best of friends!





From birth people have constantly said that you look just like me. Kye and Britt have always gotten a mixture of who people think they look like but with you it’s 100% me from every single person. And I LOVE IT! It makes me so badly want to have another son who looks exactly like Daddy so he can feel the joy it brings me when people tell me that you are my mini-me.





You remind me so much of your brother in your personality. You are very chill and happy and easy going. An angel baby for sure! You adapt easily to most situations and are content to go along with whatever we are doing. You are flexible in your schedule and a low sleep needs baby. This was tough in the early days but now it’s a blessing as I don’t have to be “to the minute” with your naps and bedtime and you still do great!





When I was a child I remember not wanting to go to other people and really clinging to my mom when in large groups. You are very much that same way. You are still even weary of close family! While I know people are quick to say you are shy or that I need to socialize you more, I’m not the least bit concerned about it. I’m not shy at all and am plenty social so I’m sure it’s something you will change with time and Daddy and I don’t mind you wanting to sit with us when we go places! I am thankful he’s taken over Bible Class duty though for me ;)





This past year has been such fun with you! You wake up smiling and go to sleep grinning. It’s impossible to have a bad day when you are around and you give the sweetest cuddles. I love to play with your soft hair and hold your sweet hands. You love the song “This Little Light of Mine” and you are already such a light in this world. My prayer for you is that you will always let that bright light shine!





While it’s so hard for me to accept that you are no longer a baby, I’m excited for what this year will bring. I’m excited to see how your personality changes and how you continue to be molded into your own unique person! I know our days will get busier the more mobile you become and before I know it I will be chasing you everywhere! I am hopeful to continue in the path your siblings set with early potty training and that you will have a smooth transition to the world of panties. I am also hopeful that your “angel baby” stage continues on through until you’re 20 ;)





Growing up I’d always hoped for a daughter and you have brought double that blessing to my life. You and Britt are so different in so many ways, which makes it so fun to watch you both grow up. Having my third baby has really shown me how each child requires different ways of parenting and you each have helped ME grow and change and have a deeper, stronger faith.





I have not taken a single day of your life for granted and I will continue to be forever thankful for you each and every day of your life. I want to be the best mom possible for you! My top priorities as your mom are to lead you on the path of righteousness and for you to ALWAYS know how loved you are. I love you forever and ever for who you are…no matter what!




Happy Birthday my sweet, sweet girl! Thank you for being YOU!

I love you,

Mommy


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