Good Morning My Beautiful Baby Girl.
Can you believe it- today is your very first birthday; you have been here with us for one whole year completing our little family unit.
Before you were born my darling, your daddy and I used to worry that there wouldn’t be enough love for you and your sister to share. I thought that I couldn’t possibly have enough love for two babies. I thought that I would be stretched too thinly, that I’d have a favourite and that I wouldn’t be able to do justice to looking after two babies.
Now you are here I know that I was so silly to worry about that.
Even for a minute.
You have been loved unconditionally by 3 people rather than two from the moment you were born.
How lucky is that?
It hasn’t all been plain sailing. Let me tell you, it is absolutely knackering being a Muma of 2!!
There have been
many moments when I’ve wanted to tear my hair out.
There have been moments when you HAVE torn my hair out (just when I was thinking I quite liked it actually!)
But, one year in to this life long journey, let me tell you this Hannah Muriel.
You are loved beyond measure.
I love the fact that you wake before your sister and we have precious time just the two of us.
The moment that I walk into your room and pick you out of your cot will forever be one of life’s highlights.
In some ways you are so ridiculously different from your sister and because of that, the way I get to love you is totally different too.
She wants to be near me, you just want the odd glance to check I’m checking you.
That means that when you do fancy a Muma cuddle it is one of the highlights of my day.
You are the ultimate independent baba. I can tell already that you are a go getter and I adore that.
Get out there sweetheart. You grab life by the scruff of the neck and fly by the seat of your pants.
Your dada and I will be right here if anything goes wrong. Don’t you worry baby.
I am actually writing this a couple of days before your birthday.
I hope you don’t mind, it is just so tricky to get anything done when you and your sister are around, (I don’t know why!)
And I would much rather be snuffling at your lovely neck or watching you balance in your little truck than be messing about on the computer if you’re awake (and anyway, all of the stuff I am about to tell you will be just as true next week as it is now).
Now, you may recall that I wrote your sister a very earnest sort of poem on her second birthday.
Yours, my darling is a little bit different because, you are a lottle bit different (this is not a typo- I have made it up. It is a mixture of ‘a little’ and ‘a lot’ because in some ways you are A LITTLE bit different and in some ways you are A LOT different; ged it?!). A bit more like me I think…
So anyway, enough of this- here is your poem.
For our Glorious little adventurer Hannah Houdini.
You arrived right on time with a bit of a nudge.
Without the ventouse you just wouldn’t budge!
I think it’s because I made a comfortable home.
I flippin’ well hope so, I was the size of the Dome.*
So Hannah my darling, a year has now passed.
I blinked and I missed it.
It flew by so fast.
So here are some highlights I want you to treasure.
I’ve written them down for you to read at your leisure.
Your smile quite literally lights up my world.
My beautiful, gorgeous, little girl.
When I walk into your room and see you stood in your cot,
It’s hard to think of a thing I’ve not got**
When you are sneaking your way back up the stairs.
You turn and you smile, as yet with no cares.
Your giggling, crawling, cruising ways, bring such huge pleasure to everyone’s days.
You are part of a pair but are whole on your own.
Know this my sweetheart, you’re never alone.***
When you and your sister are giggling with glee,
There’s no sight on the planet that I’d rather see.
You’re our darling daughter and we couldn’t be more proud.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BABY.
Love Muma and Daddy.