A Love Letter to My Daughter on Her Second Birthday
Oh My Sweet Tillybean,
Happy Birthday My Love!
I can’t believe it’s already been two years. It feels like just yesterday I was anxiously awaiting your arrival in the delivery room.
What an amazing whirlwind it has been!
I have watched you go from a tiny needy newborn, to an independent, determined, self-assured little girl who has her mind made up about absolutely everything.
In your two short years, you have taught me so much (funny, I thought it was supposed to be the other way around) about being strong and believing that you can do something even when the mountain in front of you seems totally insurmountable.
We’ve had some tough spots. I thought my heart stopped when your doctors mentioned the “C” word in relation to the mole you were born with, and I thought my blood would boil when you went through a nearly year long phase of tantrums. I am thankful everyday that surgery took away the cancer, and your wicked brilliance helped you learn to talk early so you could tell me your wants and needs instead of throwing violent tantrums when I didn’t guess right.
I can already see traces of the woman you will eventually become, and I can tell that you are going to be a force to be reckoned with.
When I was a little girl growing up and I imagined the little girl I would have someday, you aren’t at all what I imagined. Not even close. You are so much more amazing than I could have ever dreamed. Sometimes when I look at your sweet face, tears spring to my eyes simply because I can’t believe how lucky I am to be your mommy.
I hope I can always help guide you in the right direction. I hope I allow you enough freedom to make your own decisions. In the meantime, I have loved every single second of watching you learn and explore and grow. You are turning from a baby to a child far too quickly, I hate it.
I would love to keep you exactly how you are at this moment forever, but I know I can’t. What I can do is cherish every single second of right now. Savor your high pitched giggles and tickle your quickly disappearing baby thighs.
I have no doubts that you will conquer every obstacle in your future. You are wonderful. You are amazing. You are worthy. You are gorgeous. You are you.
I love you forever.