My apologies, dear, it has been far too long since my last letter. My how you’ve grown over the last two months. You are now talking all the time – and much of it is intelligible! You’re also running, climbing, and getting into everything. Oh, and you’re obsessed with a show called “Bubble Guppies.” You’re favorite word just might be, “Buppies!” As you grow, you only become more and more adorable and fun. Seriously, you are a joy to be around Lily. I can’t wait for 5 o’clock each day so that I can walk in the door and see what you’re up to. I treasure our times together each evening – and oh how I love the weekends! You’re delightful Lily bean. I love you.
The other night, I was talking with your mother, and it hit me that you’re not a baby anymore. There was a time, maybe 6 months back, when your mother and I would both find ourselves sad about how fast you were growing. It seemed so obvious that you were growing quickly and you would not be our little girl for much longer. Somewhere along the way, though, those feelings stopped. This was not because I wanted you to grow up, but I think because I saw what and who you were growing into and it was even better! You were growing into a little girl. You were growing out of being a baby. While there was some obvious sadness about moving out of the “baby phase” this new phase is wonderful. You’re becoming a little person: you’re thinking, responding, processing, creating, laughing, and playing in incredible ways. As I already said, Lily, you are a delight. Your mother and I love you so much – and we are so happy with the little girl you’re becoming.
Now, don’t get me wrong, you need to be sleeping through the night! Seriously child, what the heck! 🙂 But you are doing better, and I suppose you can’t be perfect, can you?
So I guess, what I’ve realized, is that I need to forget about the hopes that you won’t grow up – that you’ll stay so little. You’re not a baby anymore. You never will be again. That is sad. The good news, though, is that you’re growing into a little girl – my little girl – and you’ll always be just that!
I love you Lily. Thanks for being the blessing you are. You’ll never know how much you mean to your mother and I.
February 6, 2013