Letter to Riley on her 1st Birthday!

And here you are, one year old – a beautiful baby girl and you’re bigger than life! And I love you more than life. For the past year you’ve been my biggest worry and my biggest happiness. I stayed up at night researching things so I could always be the best for you and we spent every day together – laughing and exploring this world, together.

When our eyes met for the first time I learned what unconditional love meant. I had never seen anyone or anything more beautiful.

You learned to roll over, and I learned not to scream in excitement every time you did, because it scared you! You learned to laugh, and I learned that your laugh was my new favorite sound in this life.You learned to scream and I learned that you were a girl who knew what she wanted. You learned to sit up and I suddenly learned that you wouldn’t stay a baby forever.You learned to crawl and I learned that nothing could ever get in your way…you were on a mission, always. You learned to pull yourself up to stand and I learned not to hold my breath in anticipation of your fall , l learned to keep breathing.

You learned to push your little cart walking on your own, and I learned to let you go on your own my strong little love . You and l have many more years of learning together Riley bug.

We did it, baby girl – we survived the first year. Thank you for the lessons, the laughter and changing me forever – you’re everything.

Happy 1st birthday bug ❤️