Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Happy 3rd Birthday, Beatrice Kate!
I know, mathematically, that three is only one more year older than two; but my love, you made some big changes this year. It's like overnight you've woken up to become this exceptional little lady and no longer do you have any resemblance to the baby you once were.
Beatrice Kate, my heart is so full with the love I have for you. You are quite simply, a joy. I fell in love with you the minute I first saw you three years ago, but I couldn't have imagined then how deeply in love with you I am now. You are the child that we always dreamed and prayed you would be, and are on track to become the person we hoped you might be.
You are so kind, and sweet and gentle to all things and all people. You are very clearly a doula's daughter and are nurturing to babies of all shapes and sizes. Your calm demeanor often puts infants at ease and you love nothing more than to make them smile. I've often overheard you rocking your baby dolls to sleep, singing them lullabies and whispering soothing words to them during nap. It makes my heart smile every. single. time.
You are incredibly empathetic for others, and often will try to comfort or console friends or family you think are in distress. You've come home from school sometimes worried about classmates who got in trouble or who were having a rough day.
You are so confident in yourself. I am so proud of this self-confidence and can only hope with every fiber of my being that you'll always have it. When we say things like, "You're so silly" or "You're crazy"... you love to remind us that, "I'm not silly, I'm just Beatrice Kate!"
And yet, with this self-confidence, you are so respectful of those around you. You are careful with other people's belongings, and will ask before you play with things around the house. You build up others, sometimes just to make them happy. It makes me smile so big when you come up and say something like, "Oh, Mommy. That is a beautiful dress." or "Those are really nice shoes, Daddy".
You are also so incredibly funny, possibly the funniest person I have ever met. Your comedic timing is so perfect and lately I wish I could tape record everything you say because it's usually hysterical. You've just started telling jokes within the last couple of months and you'll frequently say, "I was just joking you Mommy" when I don't get the joke!
And holy cow, Bea, you are so smart. Like smarter than Daddy and I have ever been, kind of smart. You learn and retain new things at a rate I didn't think was possible. It makes teaching you things so much fun. Your love for books (which you can nearly read by yourself) and nature, music (which you're already showing signs of possessing an aptitude for) and foods, will help guide you on a life path that's bound to be full of adventure and knowledge.
Beatrice Kate, when you were born, we joked that you had more name than body. And now? You have more personality than name. I can't think of a more perfectly unique name for a perfectly unique little girl. You seem so much older than you did even just six months ago, that I can't imagine how old you'll be six months from now. I catch glimpses of the friendship we'll have someday. It makes me equal parts excited to get to know you and sad for the baby you used to be. Our moments of quiet snuggling are fleeting and I cherish every. single. time. you ask for extra hugs and kisses.
More than anything, everyday, I feel simply lucky. Lucky that God chose me to your Mommy. Lucky that I get to have a hand in shaping who you will become. Lucky that I know the person you are today, and will get to know the person you'll be. You've only been apart of my life for three years and yet, I can't imagine my life without you in it.
I knew three years ago, from our first moments together, that you were special. I had no idea you would be so unbelievably extraordinary.
Happy Birthday sweet girl. I love you thiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiissss much (if not more).
Posted by The Raleigh Collins at 1:27 AM