It's almost impossible to believe you are turning 4 years old today. It literally feels like yesterday that we surprisingly found out we were expecting you. Our little "peanut." Our first born. Just married. Nervous and scared. Those 9 months went by pretty quickly with sickness only in the beginning. Labor was very long and very miserable. And we had quite the crowd waiting an entire day at the hospital for you to make your entrance into this world. But when the time came for us to finally hold our sweet baby girl, our world changed. Bringing you home was scary. Every little thing made us nervous. But being parents came natural. And you became the center of our world.
These 4 years have gone in the blink of an eye. From the newborn stage to toddler stage to now a precious little girl. We went from worrying about your lack of talking at age 2 to never having a moment of peace around you. You talk a lot. And have very intelligent things to say. Everyone loves hearing what you have to say. You tend to be shy around others at first. But quickly open up. Especially if any sugar is involved. You are a stubborn, stubborn child, to say the least. You analyze everything. And you don't miss a thing. Your memory is incredible. You remember every single thing, every single place, everything said, who bought you what, what store that came from, and what our plans are for the upcoming months. There are certainly no secrets around you. You are never, ever lacking an opinion. Whether its picking out your clothes for the day, or where we're going for dinner, you are sure to let us know what you want. You are quite particular and obsessive. And always expecting to get your way. And it's not pretty when you don't get what you want. Complete melt down fits are very common for you. We usually experience several a day. You love girly things, like shoes, nail polish, make up, dresses, and jewelry. But also love being outdoors, playing on the playground, riding your bike, going fishing, holding your fish, and playing sports. But you despise any form of a bug. And you scream and cry, just like your momma. You are obsessed with band aids and ask for one almost every hour of the day. You want to watch cartoons the second your eyes open in the morning. You love music and singing and dancing. Our cooking and dishes usually involve a very loud CD player, playing all your favorite Sunday school songs and we sing and dance like no one is watching. You love to draw and paint and color. And I could talk about you for hours and hours. Your personality is hard to sum up. You are such a fun, unique, smart, funny, sweet little girl.
You have always been a daddy's girl in many many ways, but still very attached to your momma too. You adore your baby sister. Giving her hugs and snuggles every chance you get. I love peeking around the corner at you two, sitting on the couch, with your heads leaning into each other. I can feel your love for each other. And it melts my heart.
It's heartbreaking to realize just how fast these 4 years have passed. That you are no longer a baby or even a toddler. That you have blossomed into this beautiful, sweet, full-of-personality little girl in the blink of an eye. But watching you grow and change is amazing. Watching every age and every stage and trying to soak it all in. Trying not to miss a single moment. No matter how old you are, you will forever be our baby girl.
Our heart grew the day that you were born. And it continues to grow every single day. We love you so much it hurts. And we do our best at making sure you know that....by telling you over and over and over. We could never tell you enough. Or explain just how much we love you. We pray that we can forever be the absolute best parents to you that we can be. We hope you have a perfect 4th birthday!!
I love you with all my heart.
A tiny glimpse of these four years...