I am writing Peyton's birthday post a few days early, because I want to be sure I fit it in before we leave on Sunday! There is so much to do between now and then that I'm afraid this all important post will get neglected in the midst of it all!
Tears come to my eyes even to begin this letter. First and foremost, Happy Birthday my sweet darling daughter! I can hardly believe that it has already been one whole year since I first looked into your clear blue eyes. "You are altogether lovely, my darling, there is no flaw in you!" I'll never forget the day you came into this world... It was the happiest day of my life. As cliche as it sounds, it truly was love at first sight, my dearest.
You have grown so much since that day! You have blossomed into your personality and have become a vivacious, precocious, joyful little girl! Your smile is infectious and your love tenderizes the coldest heart. Your giggles and babbles are music to my ears! You are joy to parent... you are obedient, even at such a young age, and you are so tender. But at the same time, you are such a tough little cookie! You hardly ever cry when you get hurt... you are always such a brave little thing. But you are never too tough to snuggle up with Mommy when you need a little loving!
Peyton, you have taught me so much in your year of life. I was only 19 when I got pregnant with you, and I was still very much a little girl myself. Because of you, I became a mother; a woman. You have taught me responsibility and discipline... but more importantly you have taught me joy and love.
When you were 11 months old your daddy and I discovered that you are going to be a big sister before your second birthday! I know that you are going to be Mommy's helper! And I can't wait for you to have your own little playmate! You are going to make the most wonderful big sister :) This little one in Mommy's tummy is very blessed to have you as their big sister!
Peyton, you are an absolute joy. I count the minutes until you wake up each morning... so I can burst into your room, wrap you in my arms and breathe in your beautiful scent. Your smile is just what I need to brighten my morning, and your open arms are calming to my soul.
You are such a precious gift from Jesus, and I can't fully express to you how truly, deeply I love you.
Happy Birthday my Bug.
Love, Your Mommy