It’s early. I didn’t sleep well. Too much caffeine. In the times where I was awake I found myself thinking about you baby girl. Thinking about you because in a very short time, when you call us to let us know you’re awake I know your Dad and I will go rushing in to your room and meet you with a round of “Happy Birthday”. Yes Olivia, today you are two!
I think about the two years that you’ve been a part of our lives and know they have been the best, and the most life changing for both Daddy and I so far. There is nothing more amazing than watching a baby grow into a little person, especially a little person like you who has so much life in them. In times of stress and tears you’ve been our joy.
There are so many things I wish people could know about you but I know I don’t have the words to write them all here, and I think there are some things that are just better experienced first hand. I love your creativity and imagination. You love music and will often come and grab me and say, “Music Mommy! Dance! Mommy dance!” We will hear noise coming from your room and peek around the corner to find you sitting in the rocking chair “reading” a story, totally caught up in your own world. I wish I understood the words to your stories and I love that you have them.
You have such a sensitive and sweet little heart. You have no idea what rocked the country of your birth exactly one week ago, but you know something did. Many times the day after you came to me to offer comfort and wiped my tears and said, “Mommy sad.” This is not the first time you have shown your Dad and I that you know what’s going on around you, and you don’t even need the details. One day we will tell you the stories of Haiti ‘before the earthquake’ and I can only hope and pray that we can rejoice in the positive changes since that day. I hope you know a Haiti that is growing and thriving.
Baby girl, your Daddy and I are so proud to be your parents. Every day we feel grateful that we were the ones that God the call that said, “We have a little girl for you, just like you wanted.” I hope that over the years as we tell you the story of how you became part of our family that we can do it in a way that shows you how loved you are. I can’t imagine life without you. You are the biggest source of smiles for us, the biggest source of laughter, and the biggest source of joy in our lives. I get tired of people telling me what a lucky little girl you are to have us as parents because WE are the lucky ones. We are the ones that have been blessed.
We still have some work to do with the fingers, but now, after all the weeks of practice you can tell the world when they ask how old you are, “I’m TWO!”
We LOVE you!
~Mommy and Daddy