Daily, Letters to Maddy, Madeline, Monthly Letters, Parenting After Loss

12 Months – One Year!

My Lovely Little Madeline,

  
Today, my sweet girl, you are one whole year old!  That’s 12 months, 365.242 days, 8,765.81 hours, or 525,949 minutes that you have filled our lives and hearts with so much joy, love, grace, and beauty.  You have filled my heart to overflowing, my darling girl.  
 
  
 
As usual, this last month has been amazing and full of so many fun things.  
 
  
You got to meet the Easter Bunny for the first time.  You weren’t a fan. 
 
   

 
We got to see even more of your photos used by Hallmark and Hallmark Baby.  
 
  
You’ve learned to blow kisses, which seriously is the cutest thing ever.  
 
  
You say “huh” and shake your head “no” a lot.  So far we still think it’s pretty funny.  
 
  
 
We celebrated your first St. Patrick’s Day and your second Easter.  
 
  
We even let you “help” dye eggs and you loved finding the “hidden” eggs on Easter morning.  
 
  
 
You are still not quite walking.  Though you are just so close.  You are so fast when cruising along the furniture and you will even let go and take a couple small steps while making your way from the table to the couch, but you always grab right back on.  You can do it, you just aren’t convinced quite yet.
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One of the funniest things you have been doing this last month is dancing.  You have always loved music.  I used to be able to make you stop crying instantly just by playing Katy Perry’s song Roar.  Now, you have learned to “dance.”  Your current favorite song is Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars.   Every time you hear it, you stop whatever you are doing and start bouncing to the beat.  It is just so cute!
 
  

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Your personality is really shining these days.  We are getting to see little glimpses of the big kid that you going to become and it is so much fun.  
 
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You have the sweetest smile I have ever seen, and you absolutely love to share that smile with others and wave at everyone you see. We can’t get through the store without you charming your way into the hearts of all of your fellow shoppers.  People love to stop and talk to you and tell you how pretty you are.  You eat it up.  You turn on the charm and smile and “talk” with them.  For a baby who has brought the sunshine back into our lives, it is amazing to see you shine that amazing light on others too.  
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You are our rainbow, our sunshine, our sweetheart, our love, our bitty girl, our squishy cheek princess, our darling daughter, and our whole world.  
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In some ways it is so hard to believe that it has been an entire year since you first entered our world, but in so many others I feel like my soul has known you forever.  
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You have brought the joy and the color back into our lives, and we are just so blessed to call you our sweet little girl.
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You continue to surprise and amaze me on a daily basis.  I am so excited to start this new journey with you into toddlerhood.  It’s going to be amazing.
 
Love Always and Forever,
 
Your Momma
 
P.S.  You may now officially be a toddler, but you will always and forever be my baby girl.  
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