Kate, Katester, Katester Bunny, Kitty Kate, etc.
It is the eve of your second birthday and I just got done rocking your one year old self to sleep for the last time. I'll admit, it was a little hard setting you in your crib. I knew the next time I'd see you, you'd be two! Someday, when I'm really old and wrinkly and have silver hair, I hope to look back on these birthday letters I write to you and your sister and be able to remember bits and pieces of how you were at certain ages.
On your second birthday, I'll want to remember your cute voice and how you talked. I wish I was better at getting videos of you talking. Hearing you say, "Waddaya dooin'?" in your adorably curious voice never fails to make me laugh.
I'll want to remember your mega watt smile. I'm hoping it never changes, so I won't really need to be reminded of it. Here is a picture of it for good measure. Look at those smiling eyes! Your left eye shrinks when you smile, just like mine does.
I hope I can remember that your favorite songs were: Wheels on the Bus, "Wiki Wiki" (Skidamarink), & Twinkle Twinkle. But most of all, I hope I remember that when you're tired of hearing me sing, you smile that big smile of yours, put your hand on my mouth, and say, "No more song." It's a little insulting, but hilarious nonetheless.
I'll remember that puzzles and books were your jam. Your princess castle too. You love lining all the princesses up in a row and talking to them about who knows what.
I'll want to remember how your hair was pretty much always in your face/eyes. No matter how neat your hair looks after I do it in the morning, by mid morning it's a total mess.
You love your sister, and you two have such a special relationship. You guys play all day everyday, and even though you don't always get along, you guys always make up fast and get right back to playing. I always catch you two giggling together and having the cutest conversations. Nothing makes me happier to see your friendship with each other blossoming!
Every night we have a rocking/cuddle session before I lay you down for the night. You lay your head on my chest and let me know what songs to sing. (Until you tell me stop, of course). It's my favorite way to unwind at the end of the day. You are an active little thing, and it's just so sweet to have you lay on me and be so still.
You LOVE to dress up! You constantly ask me to put dresses on you. Your favorite thing is this huge light blue pettiskirt that you always call your "Rella" skirt. You will also walk around in my high heels, and throw my purse around your shoulder.
Kate, your daddy and I love you so much. We love who you are and what you bring to our family. You keep us laughing, and you keep us on our toes. You melt our hearts with your cuteness, swoon us with your charm, & make us so proud to call you ours. Hope you have such a special birthday, and that you feel the love we and so many others have for you.
Happy Birthday, sweet girl!!