Happy birthday, sis! I can't believe a year has flown by already. A year ago, we were in the hospital, anxiously awaiting your arrival. And, I couldn't believe that your dad and I had a daughter.
This year, I have been reveling in the joy of having you as a daughter. You are delightful, exuberant little girl. You have your Grandma's wide smile and your Lala's...well, what we like to call "Natalie sass". You are crazy about your Blankie, bottle, and cell phones. Seeing any of the above items, even from across the room, will incite a persistent shriek until the object is surrendered to you. You love exploring toy bins and dumping out purses. As soon as you could sit up, you could entertain yourself by emptying kitchen cabinets, boxes, and drawers. We love your strong personality and are constantly amazed at how many preferences you can express at such a young age. You either LOVE or HATE it. There is no middle ground.
That doesn't make life easy and it certainly doesn't make life boring. When you get your mind set on something, there's no changing it. You shriek and yell until we give you whatever you want. You are already well-versed in the two-year-old tantrums your brother occasionally has. Lala has given us multiple warnings about you and your teenage years ahead. Grandma tells us that it's good for a girl to have a strong-mind.
You are an excellent snuggler. Excellent. Probably the best baby I have ever snuggled. If we hold you with Blankie, it gets even better. I don't think there is a better feeling in the world than to have your fat, cuddly body snuggled up next to mine, your head laying on my shoulder. Sometimes, your chubby hand pats my face and it is so, so sweet. And you are sleeping better...thank you.
Baby-girl, you are the best surprise of my life. It's been an adventure of a year and Dad and I look forward to the adventures ahead. We love you so much and our life is so much richer with you in it.