My dear Giovanna,
To commemorate your first birthday, let me remind you a few of the infinite ways I love you…
I love how you greet Daddy and I each morning with an infectious smile.
I love how you squeal in delight at the sight of your big brother.
I love how you smile widely at strangers.
I love how you bury your face into my shoulder when you are feeling shy.
I love how you get into things with such determination.
I love how you sleep like an angel.
I love how you talk with plenty of ba’s and da’s and ma’s and na’s.
I love it when you pull every card out of my wallet with such interest.
I love it when you explore my closet.
I love it when you crawl across the room to see me, all the while saying, “mama.”
I love it when you climb up my leg.
I love it when you reach out both arms for me.
I love it when you play peek-a-boo.
I love it when you give wide open-mouthed baby kisses.
I love your melodious giggle.
I love your honeyed baby voice.
I love the juicy chubbiness of your legs.
I love the rolls on your wrists.
I love the roundness of your tummy.
I love the curls on your head.
I love the wonder in your eyes.
I love the focus of your long fingers.
I love the softness of your cheeks.
I love the sweetness of your gaze.
I love the smell of your neck.
And so much more in words that I cannot begin to express.
Little girl, I love everything about you. I love you, I love you, and I’ll say it again forever and ever. I love you.
Happy first birthday. Here’s to the journey before us.