Happy, happy Birthday to you! I can hardly believe that it was 2 years ago that you entered this world and forever changed my life. I have been a daughter, a sister and a wife; but it was you that made me a mommy and that was the most beautiful gift ever!
Your daddy and I have loved watching you grow into this spunky, cheerful and smart little girl that you are today. It is so refreshing to see the world through your eyes, how the simplest little things bring you so much joy, how the things we don't take the time to see make you so curious and how the mundane things can bring out your genuine laughter. I love how you will listen so intently to what we say, trying to comprehend what it means and then repeat it back to us. It is so fun to watch you discover something that makes us laugh and then experiment to make it funnier and test our reaction. I love watching you concentrate on your art or puzzles, knowing that your little mind is growing and developing each day. I laugh when I think how excited you get to go swimming and I smile when I see you so seriously caring for your babies. How fun it has been to watch you learn about, explore and work to comprehend your world.
On Sunday night you fell asleep in my arms as I was putting you to bed. This doesn't happen much anymore and I took the time to sit there rocking you, listening to your little snores and sighs and watching your little smiles. It was a tad bittersweet as I reflected on the past two years, knowing that my little baby is growing up--your little body that once fit perfectly into the crook of my arms, has morped into this sharp little girl with long hair, beautiful blue eyes and strong legs that keep you running about. The days of sitting and holding you for hours have been replaced by chasing you down hoping I can catch a quick snuggle or hug. While it is sad to think that the days of your babyhood are gone, I am so excited about all the adventures that you have ahead of you.
Your daddy and I love you so very, very much, and we can't wait to continue to explore the world with you. Happy 2nd Birthday, Madeline!
Since I'm out of town until Friday, we are waiting to do her Birthday celebration until Sat and then again with the Grandparents when we travel to MT.
Here is a picture Brian took of the sign her teachers made for her
and one of her enjoying her morning Birthday donuts with daddy
I can't wait to see her on Friday!!