To My First Baby:
When I first saw your face, a whole new kind of love was born in me. You taught me how to be a mother. During those first months and years staying at home with you, I realized true happiness. You were bright eyed, calm and very smart. You taught me that there is nothing better than taking care of someone you love. And that is who you are. You take care of others. You are responsible and motivated. There has always been a maturity and a seriousness to you, which I love. One of the first people to meet you after you were born said you had an old soul. I saw this to be true as you grew up. You spoke your first word at 8 months old and, later, conversation would become your forte. You connect to others through words. You love getting in on adult conversation. And you can keep up. I cherish the many special talks we have had over the years. You are beautiful and powerful when you ride horses. You are hungry for knowledge and you devour books. You are a gifted teacher to younger children. You and I daily teach each other the art of diplomacy. But when we aren’t both trying to be right, we are on the same wavelength. We share a love of nature and tiny houses and take great pleasure in eating food. You often know what I’m thinking before I say it. And I learn from you. Your creativity and curiosity astonishes me. Every material is a possibility; every free moment is an opportunity. You are a dreamer and a doer and that is a rare, and very special, combination.
To My Middlest Baby:
You are my strawberry sweetheart. You have always had a smile and always been a people person. You draw others in. Since you were a baby I have heard from so many people, There’s just something about her. You are warm and gentle and generous. Your greatest joy is giving gifts to others. Gifts of time and help; cards and crafts. When you see something nice, your first thought is to give it away. A flower for a neighbor, a toy for your sisters. I cherished the years you were my bubbly baby girl and I loved watching you become daddy’s girl. It makes sense because you are so much like him. It makes my heart happy to see your face light up when he comes home each day. But you got a little from me, too. Your special weirdness; your interest in storytelling and writing; how music can make you cry; the depths of your sadness and the limitlessness of your joy. You are a lovely, passionate mix of wonderful traits. You are soft and you are strong. You hit every physical milestone like lightning; the day you turned 9 months old, taking your first steps all at once, sprinting. You like pretty, sparkly girly things. You love wearing my heels around the house (and wear them better than I do). You love comic books. You love animals; you have a gift with them and they respond to you. You have a knack for color and design. You bring such beauty into our world through your ideas and your sensitive heart. And one of my favorite sounds is your giggle because your love language is definitely tickling.
To My Littlest Baby:
You were the one to climb into bed with me early this morning. You wake me up with snuggling most mornings but today you were as excited as if it was Christmas morning. You love love. You have a sweet tooth. For sugar and maple syrup and honey. Everyday you ask if we are having dessert. And everyday you ask for, and freely give, hugs and kisses. From the first day I met you, you did not want to be put down. You were always content in my arms, pressed against my heart. It seems you have always been contemplative. You guard your heart and I like that because it makes you careful and confident. When you let someone in, you are open and loyal; your relationships are sacred. You like to make friends with children who are much younger than you and children who are much older than you. You get along great with boys. You are funny and you are fearless. Our family needs the levity you bring. You make us laugh and you give us courage. You are a fast learner. Having heard your sisters’ homeschool lessons for years, you are often ahead of me when I think I am going to instruct you. And what you don’t know, you are eager to not only learn but master. You are small but you are loud and you don’t wait for others to lead. You are often running ahead of your big sisters, encouraging them to take risks and have faith. I always think of you getting new hiking shoes and saying, “I can’t wait to get these dirty!” and watching you run ahead up the mountain.