Tuesday, March 26, 2013


My Sweet Emma Ramey,
You are ONE year old today!  Phew!  What a year.  I cannot even begin to tell you what an incredible, amazing, life-changing year it has been.

One year ago today was probably the hardest day of my life.  I'm not going to give you the rainbows and kittens version of your birthday - it was tough stuff.  There was a point in the whole process that I vividly remember thinking I was going to die - that this was it for me.  Birthing a 10+ pound baby isn't easy. :) But would I do it all over again to get you?  In a New York minute.
I must say, the hardest part of your whole life was the day you were born...after that was smooth sailing.  You have been the BEST baby.  There have been little hiccups along the road - any new parent will tell you that.  The process of figuring you out (and letting you figure us out), overall, has been absolutely incredible.  You just were the baby that was meant for us.
You are growing and changing so much right now.  I guess you've been growing and changing this whole time, but it just seems like the past few weeks have brought on a new little person!  You're walking (basically running), talking (even though we can't understand most of it yet), showing us your favorite things, showing us your not-so-favorite things, and getting a little personality about you.  It's like you've morphed out of the baby stage and you're becoming a little lady.  I'm not going to lie - part of that makes me a little sad.  But a bigger part makes me so happy and ready to see the person you're going to become!
I can't even begin to imagine what the next year will bring!  This year was so much fun...and, by all accounts, the next year is even better.  I can just imagine you as a little girl by this time next year.  I'm just going to need you to slow down in the growing department a little bit, ok?
Just promise me this - you will always stay the sweet, gentle, kind little girl that you are right now.  I know there will be times that that just isn't happening (don't we all have those?), but I will help you along the way as much as I can.  I promise you that.
Happy birthday to the best gift I've ever been given!  I love you to the moon and back.