A Letter to Ivy.

1 year, 12 months, 365 days, 8760 hours, 525,600 minutes, 31,536,000 seconds with you! They say that the days are long and the years are short, and this could not be more true. It feels like just yesterday Gray and I were awaiting (not so patiently) the arrival of you – our sweet little girl.

So much has happened in the last year. We’ve learned a lot about what it means to become parents, we’ve experienced so many emotions that no one could really brace us for. It’s been challenging, beautiful, terrifying and so incredibly rewarding all at the same time. It’s hard to put into words just how becoming your parents has made us feel but here goes nothing.

Joy- I’ve never felt more joy than when you became our daughter. My heart swells with happiness and the purest form of joy when you give me kisses. It has been amazing experiencing so many of your firsts – like rolling over for the first time, calling out our names, playing tug-o-war with Duff, the list goes on. There is nothing I love more than when you hug me back and squeeze extra tight just because you want to.

Pride- You are so smart little one and I feel so much pride watching you learn new things, seeing how excited you are to see an animal (even an ugly old blackbird) and seeing you clap your hands with joy when something clicks for you – its the best. We are so incredibly proud to be your parents and we can't wait to watch you grow and shine. Your light is by far the brightest.

Love- What a fitting name Ivy Love. You embody all that is love. You are so kind to others, you share, you smile, you have such a tender heart. When you wake up, you snuggle me and reach for your “Dada” because you missed him and want to give him morning snuggles. You are overflowing with love and there has been no greater love than getting blessed to be your parents.

Laughter- You are so silly, you make the funniest noises, you copy everything we do and you fill our lives with lots of laughter.

Adventure- Becoming your parents and watching you grow into your little personality is nothing short of an adventure. I love watching how you test your limits, you find the thrill in trying new things and being silly with your Dad. Becoming a parent was not easy but it is by far our greatest decision!

The list could go on and on but Happy Birthday sweet girl we love you more than you will ever know, in circles and beyond.

Love - Mom