To my daughter on (the eve of) your first birthday,
Tatum Presley Cushing, where do I begin?
One year ago, at 12:11 pm, I heard your cry for the first time. It was the sweetest sound I had ever heard. Right then and there my life changed. One year ago, I spent the night staring at your precious face, thanking God for the greatest blessing. One year ago, your dad and I announced your birth to our family and friends. One year ago, we became a family of three.
Without a doubt, this past year has been the best year of my life. Because of you, I am a mom. Something I have always dreamed of being. Because of you, I strive to be the best I can be. Because of you, I feel complete. Tatum you have changed my life in the absolute best way possible.
It’s amazing to see how much you have changed over the past year. You went from an little gummy bear baby to a cruising and happy one year old. You went from sleeping away the day snuggled in my arms to climbing on me like I’m a jungle gym. You went from baby cooes to babbling to your first words, dada and mama. You went from being a baby to being considered a toddler.
You are such a happy girl and have a smile that lights up the room. You’re an easy go lucky baby but at the same time you know exactly what you want. One of the best things about you is the love you give. From your smiles to your hugs and kisses and best of all cuddles.
I can’t get enough of you.
You, my child are also FUNNY! You are very aware of this. You make crazy noises and when we laugh, you keep doing them. You love attention and once you have it, you know how to keep it. Then you laugh right along with us. This is the case everywhere we go.
You are such a special girl, I am so proud to call you mine. I have so many hopes and dreams for you in this life. I hope that no matter what you do and where you go, you know you’re never alone. I hope that you have the courage to go after your dreams and determination to not give up. I hope that you have compassion for others and a giving heart. Most of all, I hope that you get the most out of this life you’ve been blessed with.
No matter what, I will always be here for you. I will be here to hold your hand when you need support. Lend an ear when you want to talk. Pick you up when you fall and most of all guide you the best I can through this life.
The most important thing I want you to know is that you are loved. So very loved.
Happy 1st birthday, my precious daughter. Love, Mommy P.S. I will post pictures tomorrow of her birthday photo shoot I did with her. You will not want to miss it! XoXo,