Dear Little Jo-Jo,
My sweet, rambunctious, bien traviesa daughter… it is hard to believe you will be one in two weeks. And at the same time, it’s hard to believe that you haven’t been part of our family forever. You sure did take your time getting here–and we waited anxiously for your arrival. I should have known then that you would be stubborn and ready to take us by storm!
I love seeing you light up, my love. Your face is like a thousand suns when Sissy and I come home from school. You twinkle and scream Dada! across the meeting when you see him glance your way. Even other people you see in the street, in meeting, at the store… they can’t resist your charm! I hope you stay this friendly forever.
Sissy sure does love you too, but sometimes it may not feel like it. And you know what, sometimes you agitate her to the point her patience! I just watched as Sissy arranged her toys, then walked outside. As soon as she turned her back, you ran over to the little table, grabbed the Barbie, and proudly took off with her. Poor Sis didn’t even know what was going on when she walked back into the room–but you did! Oh! you little tootie! I hope you and your sister will always be this inseparable!
Papi says you won’t let him rest during the day, and I tend to believe him. He said you stand at the door and scream at him until he brings you outside to his work area. And then when it is time to rest, he swears that you won’t sleep without him cuddling you. What a cuddle bug you are! I love seeing how you look at your Papi, and I hope that adoration last forever too!
You’ve filled parts of my heart I didn’t know were empty, little girl, with your rat-a-tat-tat feet and your toothy smile. And I sure do look forward to another year with you in our lives.