Dear Mia,

It’s hard to believe you’ve only been in the world for 730 days because I can’t remember what life was like before you came along.  The beginning was a little fuzzy since I was on pain meds for my c-section (which might explain why you slept for what seemed like two weeks straight).  But I’ll never forget the first time I saw you:  wide-eyed and beautiful, looking around the operating room with curiosity. I was so happy you were pretty and didn’t look like an alien.

It’s amazing to have witnessed your transformation from helpless infant to fearless toddler. I’m not going to lie, but the first few months were tough and a bit boring since you couldn’t really do or say much. I saw some validity in what my very wise and compassionate friend Sue said to me before you were born: “Don’t be surprised if you find yourself not wanting to throw yourself in front of a moving bus for this baby.  That comes later.” It did not take much time to for me to develop that protective instinct though, and my love for you grows exponentially each day. And now that you have the basics of walking, talking, eating, and having opinions (and clearly expressing them) down, I not only love you, but I really, really like hanging out with you.

What I truly appreciate most about you is that you have adapted to me be a working mom so well.  When you see me running around the house like a crazy person most mornings, you are aware that “Mommy go to work” and you shower me with kisses, hugs, and waves good-bye, rather than fits of crying, when I head out the door.  I think this is because I went through great lengths to ensure you had the best childcare possible. But I also am extremely lucky that you are so good-natured and socialable. I am also pretty sure you don’t hold any grudges against me leaving you during the work week (my greatest fear) because when I come home from work you are glued to my hip and mimic my every move. I must admit, it can be annoying at times, but I know to savor it because before I know it, you’ll be a teen and you might pretend like you don’t know me when you see me in public.

So, happy second birthday Mia!  I am amazed at what a beautiful little person you are, inside and out. You are by far my greatest accomplishment and the biggest source of joy in my life. I love you lots!

Mommy xx

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