One minute I was pregnant, the next I blinked and R is one year old! To celebrate I wrote a letter about our first year together so that I can look back and remember all the small details. Plus, scroll down for a video version!
Dear daughter on your first birthday
You came into the world just one year ago.
And changed my life completely – more than you’ll ever know.
From the very first moment you were placed in my arms to hold.
I knew I’d love you forever. My treasure more precious than gold.
I cried a lot in the beginning but not because I was sad.
It was because I loved you so much that I didn’t want to be bad.
I wanted to be perfect – to be the best mum for you.
Once I even cried because I couldn’t make you poo.
But we quickly found our groove. Developed a routine.
And then you started thriving. You truly were a dream.
You looked just like your daddy and of course you still do.
But when I see your grumpy face I know I gave that to you.
Now you are a bigger girl you prefer to sleep in your cot.
You’re growing up far too quickly – whether I like it or not.
You absolutely love your food. You always want to eat.
You have a special radar that spots when someone has a treat.
You lean towards the plate signalling that you want more.
And when you’ve had enough you naughtily throw it to the dog on the floor.
You also like to row row row your boat gently down the stream.
But most of all you like to giggle as you let out your scream.
You may not have much hair on top of your pretty head.
But you have the best eyelashes in the world – it has to be said.
Whilst I put you in pretty dresses covered in frills and bows.
You much prefer when daddy dresses you as his favourite superheroes.
You are a little daredevil in every single way.
We’re pretty sure you’re going to be an acrobat one day.
You throw yourself off of the sofa screaming out with glee.
And when daddy throws you in the air it makes you so happy.
You really are a sensitive soul. You have lots of love to share.
You love to give hugs and kisses to all for whom you care.
You’re a little water baby. You love to make a splash.
Whenever you see water, you’re in there in a flash.
You’ve always been a happy baby – your smile is warm and bright.
The way you scrunch up your nose and laugh is such a delight.
You have brought nothing but happiness into the lives of everyone you know.
You brighten up the room with your smile everywhere you go.
So happy birthday beautiful I hope you enjoy your day.
Lots of love from Mummy. Forever and always.