Monday, May 19, 2008

2 years

My dearest Katy,

Two years ago today, my life changed forever. That's the day I met the most interesting little character I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. I became your mom, a role that now defines much of my life. I was completely overwhelmed by the responsibility of taking care of you that day, and for that whole first year, really. But this past year has been so much different.

May 19th, 2006

This year has been such a joy with you. I could never have imagined what it would be like to know and love a toddler so deeply, but it is awesome. It has been so much fun to watch you change from a baby to a little girl in just 12 months. In this year, you have learned to talk in complete sentences, express emotions, walk up and down stairs, dance, sing, feed yourself, take your clothes off, and give the best hugs and kisses a mommy could ask for.

Of course, talking about this past year wouldn't be complete without mentioning the birth of your baby brother. You are the cutest little big sister. You truly love your brother without question, which is a pretty amazing feat for such a tiny person. You are also actually helpful! (sometimes) You bring me diapers, throw dirty ones away, and try to give David his pacifier when he is crying. (We're still working on that one.)

May 19th, 2007

It sounds cliche, but everyone loves you, Katy. Your personality really shines through, and everywhere we go people stop and comment on what a sweetheart you are. And you are so smart. You blow me away everyday with the things you know and understand. Since you're two, you also know how to use your noggin to your advantage, and you are such a stinker trying to get away with things.

As much as others love you, you seem to love other people as well. You get so excited to see your friends and family members. Above all, you are Daddy's girl. You and Daddy are two peas in a pod, so silly together. I love to see you two enjoying your time together, it is incredibly special.

May 19th, 2008

So I know this year is supposed to be the Terrible Twos, and I'm sure that there will be many challenges in the year ahead. But mostly I'm looking forward to seeing what you'll do next. You are an amazing little girl and I love every moment I get to spend with you.

Happy Birthday, Baby Girl.

Love you,


Mimi said...

Now you know the joy your Mom has felt about you for the last 30 years. Katy may be a Daddy's girl, but you and she will become best friends. That's the joy of having a daughter. Look forward to that experience--there's little that can top it! It's been fun watching you grow into motherhood.

Jen said...

Katy is so sweet and you and Brian and doing a wonderful job raising her. Time sure does fly when you're having fun (well, it's fun most of the time!). Imagine how I feel...Jacob will be 6 this year!

Mommy Daisy said...

Happy Birthday Katy! It looks like her party was a hit. She is so adroable! What a little blessing.

Kelsey said...

She's such a wonderful girl! Happy day to all of you.

Anonymous said...

I could have written exactly the same things about Mark and Brian. It will be so wonderful for Katy to have these thoughts from you as she becomes an adult. Having and raising children as God intended is the next best thing to heaven!
We love you all...Grammy and Papa John

Oma Froehle said...

No matter how many babies you have, you will always love them more than your own life. It is one of the most amazing things about parenthood! It is the closest thing there is to being able to imagine how much God loves us. And both are miraculous.

Mimi is right! I've felt this way every year for 30 years. :-)