My dearest Mia,

One year ago today, almost down to the minute, you changed our lives forever. In a single instant, you made life before you so inconsequential as we fell madly, deeply in love with you and with the little family you helped us become. When I looked down at you for the very first time I couldn’t believe you were real, that you were ours. I remember hearing you cry for the first time!. The sight of you was just pure magic. You were perfect. You are perfect.

You’ve grown up to be such a sweet, kind, gentle little soul. You’re so open and welcome with people you don’t know all too well but, once you’ve had enough time to let someone in, you’re the funniest, loudest, most charming girl I know. And for the lucky few who get to be on the receiving end of your love, it is the absolute best feeling in the world.

My dear, beautiful Mia. You make me so incredibly happy and I thank the lucky stars that I have the privilege to call myself your mama. These past year have been the best (and hardest!) years of my life and I wouldn’t change a single minute. You (and your daddy) give my life such meaning and I embrace and cherish every minute of every day that I get to spend with you.

Happy birthday my little sweetheart. I love you times infinity.

Mommy