Today you turned one!! Baby girl, that is so hard to believe. You were just born! It was only yesterday that I held you for the first time! Except... it wasn't. It was a year ago. Wow.
You know, there were times when your Daddy and I were undecided about having another baby. Your sister has always kept us pretty busy! But we decided to go for it and I got pregnant. We are so blessed! What I didn't know until I held you was that there was this Anna sized hole in my heart before I had you. You were missing from my life and I just didn't know it yet. You, sweetheart, are in my heart and my soul and I simply can not imagine my life without you in it.
It has been so much fun watching you grow up this past year. You went from a teeny, tiny baby, so dependent on your mama, to a little girl who loves to explore the world around her. I love watching you play and climb and dance your way through the day. I love celebrating each new milestone you reach and watching your mind work as you learn new things.
Your smile is breathtaking. Seeing those dimples.... it instantly makes me happy. Your giggles and laughter is the sweetest sound. I pray that you are always this happy. People often comment about how you are such a happy girl, that you are very easy going. This is so true and yet, you know exactly what you want! You are definitely a girl with opinions of her own. I also pray that you always stay true to that and that you always go after what you want!
I have so many hopes and dreams for you and your sister. God has a purpose for you and I know you both will do amazing things. I hope you follow your dreams and are never afraid to be who you are. I hope you know that you are never alone. I will always, always be here for you, sweet girl. Whether you need a kiss on an owie or a hand to hold if you are scared or a shoulder to cry on if some guy is ever stupid enough to break your heart... I'm here. You are so loved, baby girl.
You are growing up so fast. I blinked and you turned one. I'm so afraid to blink again! I'm trying my best to slow time down, but no luck so far.
I love you so, so much, Anna. I am so very blessed to call you mine.