Today our first baby turns THREE! Seriously, time is going by way too quickly for my liking. Read on to hear my birthday thoughts for this very special little birthday girl.
To my sweet baby girl,
Happy 3rd Birthday, Madalyn! I can not believe that today you are officially a three-year old. I can still remember the day you were born like it was yesterday. I’m not going to lie, that day itself was not one of my best, but, it brought me you and I am so forever thankful for the blessing of your life!
When I look at your newborn pictures, I can see you in every little feature still today. It is hard to see you grow up so quickly, when I can so easily remember the days of you being a newborn.
You were the one that made me a mama, Madalyn, and I am so thankful for the chance to play that role in your life. You were the one who made me realize I can run on less sleep than I ever thought possible, and the one that first made my heart almost burst when you took your very first steps. You made your Daddy and I parents, and while we have gone through ups and downs in our roles, we wouldn’t change that for the world! I never knew how unconditionally and how much I could love someone until you were born, sweet girl.
Every year that passes, I continue to be so amazed at the person you are becoming. You are no longer that little newborn baby who was unable to do a single thing on her own. You are no longer that little one-year old girl, on the verge of walking…
Or, the little two-year old girl who had just become a big sister…(could you look any more grown up in this picture?!)…
You are now three. Three years old.
I mean, just look at you! So grown up.
You love to sing, Madalyn, and you rarely stop. We know you have fallen asleep only because we no longer hear you singing from your bedroom! Your favorite songs are probably “Shake It Off”, “Under the Sea”, and “I Love You, Lord” (yes, quite the variety!). I love how creative you are! You are often making up words to the tune of songs you know, and just singing away. I love listening to you and your Daddy sing before bed — I hope you always have a special place in your heart for music! You also enjoy serenading your brother and making him laugh, which I love. You love to dance, which is usually more of jumping and running around, but it is dancing nonetheless.
You are a great talker, and your Daddy and I are still constantly entertained by the things you say. You speak super well, and put together great sentences. You have always been really good at communicating, but this past year I have seen the greatest difference! You also have an amazing memory. I mean, we could have said something one time, two months ago, and you just do not forget it! You are really great at associating places and people with memories that you have.
You are a girly girl, which I absolutely love. You love to play dress up, and you are frequently asking to wear a dress, when given the choice of picking out your outfit for the day. You also love picking out a bow and/or necklace to match your outfits, and pink is definitely your favorite color! Although you are girly down to the core, you also really love to be outside. You are always asking to play outside and you could stay out there and play forever if we let you. You love to swing, and slide and blow bubbles, especially with your Daddy. You also really enjoy animals, and the zoo is one of your favorite places to go! Although, your favorite part of the zoo is the carousel, and you would ride on that over and over again if you could!
I am so thankful that I am able to stay home with you, because I can tell, that you, just like your mama, enjoy routine. You really like knowing what’s coming and what to expect each day. You love to be home in your “cozy, cozy” bed and in general, you just really like being home. You like adventure as much as any other toddler, but there is an obvious sense of security that you get when we are home.
You are a really fun big sister! You and your brother do not perfectly get along, but, you have a sweet spot in your heart for him, and I can already tell. Whenever we FaceTime with family, you always want to show them Gavyn, and make sure they know he is there. You are always excited to help get him up in the morning, and as much as having a little brother isn’t always the most convenient thing for you (i.e. when he wants one your little toys that he can’t have!), you love him. You love to hold his hands when you are in the wagon together, and you love to give him hugs. Gavyn is really lucky to have you for a sister.
I hope that you always know how much you are loved, Madalyn. You have so many people who love you so, so much. You are an energetic and spunky little girl, but you also have a lot of kindness and sensitivity in your personality which makes you just a wonderfully unique little girl. You are very passionate about what you think is important, and I think that is something that is really going to carry you far.
My prayer for you, my princess girl, is that you would continue to grow and thrive and love Jesus. He is already doing some amazing things in your life and I pray that this next year would be one where you continue to ask questions about who He is and sing those songs that praise Him in your sweet little voice. I pray that you would stay strong in your convictions, no matter how small they seem now, as I know that will be something to your advantage as you grow up. I pray that you would continue to be a good friend, and a good sister. And, most of all, I pray that you would know how loved you are, that you would know that there is a God who loves you so much more than you could ever fathom, and that you are never, ever, alone.
Thank you for being the wonderful daughter that you are, Madalyn. We love you so, so much!