Dear Beatrice Kate:
Today, you are two years old! My little brain can't possibly understand how the past two years have already come and gone. It seems so strange to me that we've only known you for two years and yet, can't remember what life was like before you were here. Daddy and I talk all the time about how it's so fun that you just fit right into our Family Club like you've always been a member!
Today is the day that we get to officially break free from the "preemie" shadow. But really, we've already done that for quite sometime, now haven't we? You continue to surpass every prognosis given to you at your birth. Doctors are so impressed at what a "poster child for prematurity" you've become... and so are we! You're no longer the tiny, two pound, kitten-sized infant you once were. You've become such a special a little girl.
I am amazed and so, so proud of the person you are growing into each day. If I could have ordered a daughter from a catalog, you are exactly what I would have selected.
You are beautiful; much more than Daddy or I could have imagined our DNA could create. The fuzzy little hair you were born covered in has now been replaced by wavy, golden locks that have already passed your shoulders! Your precious blue eyes have stayed crystal blue and your eyelashes make old ladies jealous everyday.
You are so smart- brilliant even. You stump us with how much your knowledge about your world grows exponentially overnight. One day you're speaking in full sentences, and the next; you're making up a full-length imaginary story to your baby dolls. Occasionally, you'll even throw in a Spanish word or two!! Daddy and I can't believe how much you are able to absorb and regurgitate in a snap. Your memory is the most impressive, though. You can remember things that have happened or stories from books, even if it happened months ago, and re-tell them to us like it happened 5 minutes ago. It's really incredible and I hope it serves you well when you're in school someday.
You are very musically gifted! This is something that Daddy hoped for. You love, love, love guitar and violin music! Whenever music comes on, you stop and dance or clap your hands and demand, "More!". You also have the sweetest singing voice I've ever heard. Sometimes, I'll hear you singing to yourself or to your babies and it makes me smile.
And finally, the trait we are the most proud of...You are kind and sweet, especially to your friends and especially to your Mommy. This is the trait that I prayed for over and over when we first found out we were pregnant with you. More than anything, Daddy and I prayed for a gentle child; and the Lord granted us that! It really makes me so happy to see you willingly share your toys with friends or pat my back when we hug. You are so empathetic to others' feelings; much more than I've ever seen in a toddler. You try your hardest to make people smile and I can't express to you how often you are so successful!
Beatrice Kate, more than anything, I want you to know how proud I am to be your Mommy. Truthfully, each night I thank the Lord for choosing Me! to be your mother. I don't know what I did to earn such a privilege, but I am so thankful. You are a joy, in every sense of the word. I can't wait to see what the next years hold in store for our family... because if the past two have been any indication; we're in for some really fun times!
And, of all the little girls in the world- you deserve the happiest birthday possible!
Happy Birthday, Sweet Girl!