To my baby, my little boy, on the eve of your 2nd birthday:
It’s cliche how much I love you. You are already one of the best humans I know. Your emotional intelligence far exceeds my expectations and you empathize with the best of them. Your humor and timing are phenomenal. Your friendliness and patience seem unparalleled. Your bright blue eyes shine with curiosity and brilliance.
As I ponder how I no longer have a 1 year old, I’m reminded that every day with you is a gift, even if it doesn’t always feel like it. Your tantrums are reminders to me that feelings can be frustrating and are so real, even in the littlest bodies. Your stubbornness is, I think, some karmic retribution for my own independent streak that you seem to have inherited. You are a beautiful combination of the people that surround you - quiet, smart, and introspective like your dad; caring, funny, and extroverted like your mom (with giant feet, to boot!) Everyday, I’m more and more grateful and excited to see who you become. Just in this year alone, you’ve sprouted into a little boy who makes me beam with pride.
Here’s to the beginning of your 3rd rotation around the sun. Happy Birthday, CharlieBear.
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