A letter to you on your first birthday from Dad
All my life I heard my parents explain how the love of a parent for a child cannot be explained. I never understood how a feeling couldn’t be expressed with words. I didn’t understand, until now. November 17, 2013 was a day that forever changed your mother and me, both as a man and a woman and as a married couple.
The lead-up to your arrival was so exciting. I couldn’t wrap my head around the fact that I was going to be a dad. Here I was just a kid myself and getting ready to have a little life depend on me and her mother! Any nervousness I had melted as soon as I heard your cry and saw your sweet little face. I remember hearing that scream and noticing how perfect you were. Your tiny nose (your mom’s), what would be your gorgeous blue eyes (your mom’s also), and your quivering lip (which you still do) captured every bit of my attention. I don’t know how long it took to clean you off, but I couldn’t stop looking at how beautiful you were! All I saw was a beautiful little angel that God had given to us.
Fast-forward a year later and I don’t know where the time has gone. You’ve experienced so much in your first year: a brutal winter, two moves, and traveling to more states that I can count. You’ve grown so much and continue to amaze us every single day. I love the moments your mom and I share with you, but I really enjoy the special things between us two: silly songs, the mirror dance, the banana dance, and of course, bath time! My favorite moment by far is hearing you belly laugh at me for the first time in Arizona. I’ve never seen such pure joy in my life!
It’s very true, the love a father has for his daughter is second to none. You are my special little girl Hadley-Boo. I know we’ll butt heads in the future and won’t always see eye-to-eye on everything, but nothing can replace the love this dad has for you. This is just one of many special days for you Hadley, so enjoy it; I know your mom and I will. Don’t be surprised if you catch me staring at you – your beauty continues to leave me speechless. Remember, no matter how much of a big girl you become, I will always remember that little baby girl staring back at me, holding my finger with her whole hand. Happy Birthday Little Blue Eyes. Daddy loves you so much.