“Apolline, This morning you woke me up as you were playing with my hair and I watched you in your deep concentration as you ever so clumsily wove the strands through your chubby little fingers. I watched as your bright, gummy mouth opened into a yawn. I watched your eyes widen into perfect little circles as you began to hear the sounds of our family moving throughout the house. I laughed when I felt you tense as our dog barked and it surprised you. You noticed my gaze and I watched the scratch on your ear disappear behind your plump cheeks as you smiled at me. You gave me a quiet “hi” and I fell in love with you again.
I have loved every second of you from the moment I knew you existed. I remember how I worried, as any mother does, for you to be healthy and happy. Today, I am surprised that I ever doubted you. From birth, you have known exactly who you are and what you are doing. You have such a beautiful energy that bursts from you in each little movement and sound you make. My little extrovert – you haven’t met a stranger since day one and I doubt you ever will. Like your papa, you have one of the kindest souls I know, and like me, you have a spirited temper that I know you will one-day reign. Each day you give so much to all of us that you, with no forewarning, drop your little head onto my breast in sleep, sweaty and exhausted and full of love. May you always tread so gracefully but with such strength.
I hope you are always so sure of yourself as you are now. I hope that you can always find joy in simplicity. I cannot wait to watch you feel and see and learn this world. Most of all, I hope that you one day find a love like this – however it manifests itself, and never ever let it go. You have sparked an awakening within me that I cannot find words for – each day is brighter than the last and I can only imagine that it gets better from here. So here’s to you– may you continue to grow in the light of the sun and rest easy under the moon each night, and always know that I am honored to have brought you into this magical place.”