Parenting // A Letter To My 1-Year-Old

Parenting // A Letter To My 1-Year-Old

Daisy Emma, Doodles, Doods, Daisy Doo, Doodleroo,

I can’t quite believe that today is your 1st birthday. They say that time flies when you have children, nevertheless I am astounded, and totally emotional, that you have already been in our world for a whole year. And what a year it has been.

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You have been on lots of adventures both at home and abroad, watched your mummy and daddy turn 30, learnt to crawl and stand, started to say words, fallen in love with your big sister, and been hospitalised with meningitis. But most important of all? You have brought so much love and laughter to our lives. You are so very loved by everyone around you. And without even realising it you have been a rock to a very special friend of ours, getting people through tough times just by being you.

I had the expected worries when you were in my tummy, worried that your sister wouldn’t accept you, worried that I wouldn’t have enough love to go around, worried that I wouldn’t cope with 2 children. But I really had no need to worry. You have slotted into our lives so perfectly, and have completed our little family. I won’t pretend that I didn’t find it difficult at times, but I knew that with each hurdle we got over, it would just bring us all closer together.

 

Your entrance into the world is one I will never forget, as planned and organised as it was, your birth still managed to be a whirlwind and caused lots of tears to be shed. I remember sitting on the edge of the bed in the operating theatre crying so hard, longing for someone to tell your daddy where I was after he had popped back to the car, not knowing I had been rushed through. I remember lying on the table reminiscing about your sisters’ birth and just hoping that yours would be as beautiful. I remember thinking about your name and hoping we’d made the right decision, to then look over at one of the many machines I was hooked up to, to see that it was called ‘Daisy’. It was a sign. A sign that before I knew it I would have my Daisy in my arms.

And then there you were, my tiny, perfect Daisy. I made a promise to myself to make sure I took in every moment of those first few days, to look at every part of you, to learn about you and to learn how to be your mummy. Those first moments of bonding were so so special, we didn’t rush, we just had our time together and you stole my heart from the second I set eyes on you. But even more special than that was the moment you met your sister, and seeing her change overnight into a protective, caring, proud little girl, made me happier than you could ever imagine. The two of you have continued to develop such a close relationship, all I ever wanted (I don’t doubt that there will be testing times ahead but I just know you will be the best of friends).

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And now? You are the happiest soul. You’re smiley, relaxed, easygoing, and playful. Your appetite is incredible, and you sleep like a dream (thank you). We have had some bumps in the road but you have made being a mum of two an absolute pleasure. I am so proud of you. I am so proud of the way you take everything in your stride, of the way you smile at anyone but are still cautious, of how you adapt to change, of the love you give to everyone around you. I am so proud of you.

As you grow up…

‘Our wish for you is a long happy life, for you to love well and deeply, to treasure your health and have limbs that grow strong in the sun. We wish for you to know the joy of good friends and food and to notice the seasons change, to travel but never forget home. We wish for you a curious mind and a kind heart. We wish for you to hear skylarks on a summers day, to walk silently in snow and blow cobwebs away on long walks…that you’re honest and true and always know how special you are. Above all that you know that wherever there is love there are answers.’

Happy birthday my beautiful girl, we love you with all the world.

Mummy, Daddy & Lyla Lolly xxx

 

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