To Adeline, on Your 2nd Birthday…

March 21, 2017

Usually, I reserve my Tuesday posts for recipes and yummy things that I have made recently.  But today is different, because today my baby girl turns 2.  And, she IS pretty tasty.  At least, I think so.  Today I’m writing a letter to Adeline, on her 2nd birthday.

To my dearest Adeline,

I simply cannot believe that you are already 2 years old.  Time is a funny thing.  It seems to go so fast, but at the same time, it feels like you have been part of our family forever.  But, oh, boy!  Your dad and I are so grateful to have had you in our family for the past 2 years.  You have brought so much joy into our home and into our lives.  We just don’t know what we’d do without you!

The past 2 years have been a time of great growth for me.  Being your mom is the hardest, most rewarding, wonderful thing I’ve ever done.  Everyday I learn something new, and you are constantly teaching me life lessons.  Being a mom is such a huge responsibility.  There are so many things that I want to teach you and so many things I think you need to know.  But today, I will just write about a few things that I want you to know.

You do you, girlfriend.  One of my most favorite things about you is that you are confident in your own skin.  You are really starting to have your own preferences as far as what you wear, and I love it.  You ALWAYS have to have a bow in your hair… even when you go to bed.  If I forget to put one in your hair in the morning, you come to me and say, “Mommy?  I need hair bow.”  Sometimes you insist on having MULTIPLE bows in your hair, and it just cracks me up.  You also love to wear sunglasses–even, and especially when, you are inside.  Lately, you’ve loved having your fingernails painted, or as you say, “Color fingers, Mommy?”  You also love to wear necklaces, usually beads.  You always like to strut your stuff when you’ve got all that stuff on.  I hope you never lose that confidence in yourself.  You are important.  You are good enough just the way you are.

Let your voice be heard.  When you were born, you made your presence known.  The nurses and your aunts, Alicia and Krista, all commented on how loudly you cried after you were born.  That certainly hasn’t changed.  You were a very particular baby, with lots of specific needs and wants.  And when you weren’t having those needs and wants met, you let us know.  Even now, when you want something or need something, you are very vocal and make it known.  A few weeks ago when you were in nursery, there was a little boy who was bothering you, and you said, “Stop it!  Go away!”  You have always stood up for yourself, and I hope you continue doing that.  You are smart and capable–always remember that.

Channel that determination.  Your dad and I love how determined and stubborn you are.  You always find ways to do what you want to do.  You are constantly dragging your little pink chair around the house to reach whatever you need to reach.  When we ask you if you need help with something, you usually say, “No, I’m otay.”  We love this about you, and we hope you never change.  We also hope, however, that you channel that determination and stubbornness in the best of ways.  You have such great potential to do amazing, wonderful things in this world if you decide what you want to do, and then stick with it.  I hope you always choose good things to be involved in, and work hard to accomplish your goals.

Miss Adeline, we sure love you.  We feel so lucky that God saw fit to send you to our family.  And we are so grateful that you will get to be a big sister soon.  You are going to be such a good example to your little brother, and I can’t wait for him to learn from you.

Happy birthday, Baby Girl.

Love, Mom and Dad

Below are some pictures taken by my friend, Sam.  Thanks, Sammy!

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More about Shannon Packer

Hi! Thanks for stopping by! My name is Shannon Packer and I am married to my best guy, Jeff. We have a daughter named Adeline. I started this blog to keep our families updated on our lives since we have moved far away. But I will also be posting about parenting, life in general, and finding joy in the journey. Enjoy!

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