A Letter to my Daughter on our First Mother’s Day Together

Dear Michaela,

Today is Mother’s Day. Today is a day I’ve been dreaming of for years. I always say I was born to be a mother and today I feel most myself with you in my arms. It started four years ago when I was trying to convince Daddy to have a baby. Three years ago, no baby yet. Two years ago, I was pregnant with your brother. And one year ago, I was pregnant with you. Today, you’re here with us and I couldn’t be happier!

Just over a year ago we found out we’d be expecting you. I was excited and nervous. I was excited to be your mom and have you in our lives but I was nervous your life could be cut short like your brother’s was. December 1, 2014 was the big reveal. In one moment, you entered our world and changed my life. 

You are my light. You brighten my day. You fill my heart with more love than I could have possibly imagined. You make me incredibly happy. 

I love you more than you will ever know and my love will only grow for you with each passing day. I love your smile and your cries. I love your eyes and those long eyelashes. I love your cheeks and your rosebud lips. I love your hands and feet. I love how you rub your eyes when you’re tired and nestle your head on my shoulder. I love how I can make you laugh and soothe your cries. I love watching you grow and discover new things. I love everything about you! 

You are growing too fast. Each day brings new discoveries and new adventures. You seem to be learning new things every day, most recently how to sit on your own. I text Dad when he is at work about your new discoveries and call him to brag about how smart you are, how cute you are, or simply to gush about how much I love you. 

There are so many moms who want a day off on Mother’s Day. They want to sleep in, get a pedicure or massage, go shopping, and take a break from being a mom. Today, especially today, all I want is to be your mom. I want to wake up when you need me at night. I want to be there when you coo in the morning and get you out of your crib. I want to be with you all day for whatever you need your mom for. And I want to feed you and rock you to sleep, basking in your beauty. 

You and Joshua are the reason I am a mom. So on a day that is celebrating mothers, I am celebrating you. I am honored to be your mother. I couldn’t have asked for a better daughter. You are simply amazing. 

I love you, Michaela!!!