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.
Hours after birth…
One year older!