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A Letter to My Daughter on Your First Birthday

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Dear Peyton,

Happy first birthday to the sweetest little girl in the world! You are the best thing that has ever happened to me, my heart and soul, my sweet little everything. Having wanted a daughter as long as I can remember, you really are my dream come true.

In one short year, you have completely changed every aspect of our lives, and yet I can’t remember what my life was like without you. I love watching you grow, helping you learn, and making you laugh. You’ve taught me a new meaning of patience and discovery as I do my best to comfort and guide you through your life so far.

There are so many things I want for you, and I know when you’re older I’ll have to try not to cross the line between what I want and letting you be yourself. I want to teach you to be fearless and persistent. I want you to know that when you fall, you have the strength to pick yourself up. I want you to feel safe and confident expressing yourself.

I promise to always be your teacher, your caregiver, your supporter, your cheerleader, your shoulder to cry on, and your partner in crime, even when you are too cool for me.

I love you so much more than I ever knew I could. I love you so much it hurts. I love you more than anything, and I can’t wait to see what wonderful things you will do and say and accomplish in the future!

Love with all my heart forever,

Your Mom

 

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