Thursday, August 12, 2010

Happy 2nd Birthday

My dear children,

It feels like I just recently wished you a happy 1st birthday, and that was almost too much to bear, but now this?!?! You're TWO... Happy Birthday to you.

You've all grown so beautifully, hitting your milestones in ways we couldn't have anticipated and certainly didn't expect. Last year at this time, you weren't even walking-- barely crawling. But six little legs figured it out and off you went. Now you run, racing around the house, the yard, the beach, like you haven't got a care in the world. I can't tell you how many times in the last two years I've wished I could freeze time just to enjoy the moment a little longer.

The pride that I feel when I look at you three overwhelms me-- honestly takes my breath away at times. Every day at our house is an adventure. They aren't always the best adventures, but most of the time ours is one of the happiest houses I've ever been in. It's hard not to smile watching three little explorers walking through the world, experiencing it, and delighting in all that it has to offer. You love the animals at the zoo or the farm, jumping off the couch on to the pillows, swimming any time you can, slides, bubbles, music, signing the alphabet, counting to name it, you love it.

I took a few moments on your birthday to remember what it was like the day you were born. It wasn't your typical birth, Mommy and Daddy didn't get to hold you and welcome you to the world like most babies. We saw you for mere seconds and we were scared to death for each of you. As long as I live, I'll wish that you would not have known the obstacles that faced you right out of the gate. However, I watched you play on the beach, singing Happy Birthday, blowing out your candles twice, devouring your cupcakes, and I knew-- as I know every single day-- that you are doing just fine!
Mommy and Daddy love you so much both individually and collectively. Having three two-year-olds isn't without it's challenges but we wouldn't change a thing. Thank you so much for picking us as your parents. It's an honor and a privilege. Happy Birthday, my sweet babies. Don't grow up too fast on us.