A Letter to My Baby on Her First Birthday

My Dearest Alita,

The first time ever I saw your face
I thought the sun rose in your eyes
And the moon and the stars were the gifts you gave
To the dark and the endless skies, my love

I can’t believe it has been a whole year since you brightened up this world!  I’ve spent the last three days looking at photos from your birth and those early days.  You were so small!  I see the look on your Papi’s face in those photos and it brings tears to my eyes.  He was so nervous, little girl, but oh-so-excited for your arrival.  And now, a year later, you are still his whole world.

And the first time ever I kissed your mouth
I felt the earth move in my hands
Like the trembling heart of a captive bird
That was there at my command, my love

Ah! kisses! You make me smile and giggle with glee when you give us kisses, baby.  Those open-mouthed slobbers are the sweetest kisses I’ve ever received.  Daddy asks in Spanish, and you happily oblige him–climbing on his chest, then standing up beside him with pride you clap your hands.  Sometimes you pat my tummy or blow raspberries on it.  How I wish we had more moments like this: laughing and giggling together.  These memories are more precious than all the treasure in the world.

And the first time ever I lay with you
I felt your heart so close to mine
And I knew our joy would fill the earth
And last till the end of time, my love

When I think of your birth, there are some things I am sure of:  Having you at home was one of the best decisions I’ve made.   That first day was bliss.  I carried you next to my heart with the greatest pride!  God gave you to me–and you grew strong inside of me.  YOU are my greatest accomplishment!  I remember snuggling you, touching your soft skin in wonder, and waiting for you to wake up and need me.  Now you are sleeping soundly in your spot (mostly taking over my side of the bed) with the covers kicked off.  

The first time ever I saw your face…

A year of loving you isn’t enough, my littlest love.  I need a lifetime more.

Love,
Your Mami

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Hours after birth…

Ale 1

One year older!

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2 responses

  1. Give her a big kiss and gentle hug from her Papa! Hard to believe for me too that a year has already gone by, but she has grown and been surrounded by much love there in Mexico which has been a very big blessing for all! Take care and Love, Papa

    Sent from my iPad

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    • Oh and the circle continues. I remember looking into a certain little angel’s eyes when you were first born, and thinking just that “What an angel” Your eyes were so bright and you were so happy to be in this world. I am glad that you have had some good things happen here. It wouldn’t mean as much though if you hadn’t experienced pain as well. Isn’t it so wonderful to know the love and trust of your little angel? Enjoy little mama and try hard to lock those memories because they are precious, especially when some slip. I wish I could replay all the good memories of each of you and play them over and over again. Enjoy! I repeat cause these times are precious. Love each of you. Los Amos.
      Mama

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