It is becoming a tradition to write to my children on their birthdays and I am very excited to write you the first of your birthday letters.
What can I say to you, I have been trying to decide for so long.
Firstly, I love you. I love you so much. I would love you whatever you were like but you are such an easy baby to love. You always have a smile and a giggle or a kiss and a cuddle for me. You are the happiest baby I have ever known, everyone comments on how amazingly happy you are. The only times we really hear you cry are when you are being attacked by your big sister and when you don't want to go to sleep.
Music makes you particularly happy. Your favourite song continues to be twinkle, twinkle. You can do all the actions (but choose not to if you are being filmed). I love to watch you dance along to music, you have this happy little bounce which melts my heart. You particularly love to dance to worship music, I am sure your Daddy in Heaven is so incredibly proud of your gift of worship, you dance, you clap and you reach out to Him, so relaxed and happy in His presence. I hope and pray you never lose your ability to worship, it is a joy to watch.
You are a total poser, as soon as you see the flash on a camera you stop what you are doing, look right at the camera and smile. Such a beautiful smile that you will no doubt try to use to your advantage in your toddler years to get away with all sorts of mischief. I suspect you may find it works too, your smile is hard to resist!
I love to watch you learn, you watch your big sister mainly and then give it a go. Currently you are learning to walk, I suspect you won't take very much longer at all. You have a patience and a persistence that I admire greatly. I suspect it will take you far in life.
You love bananas, there isn't much to say about that but you love them so much that it felt like I couldn't write a letter about what you are like without mentioning it. I think you would eat bananas constantly if I let you but you'll settle for most other foods if that is all that is going.
You love your toy doggy. You stop most things to give him a quick cuddle, he helps you feel happier on the rare occasions you feel sad. You are very good at going to places like creche but if you are feeling a little less secure you take doggy with you.
You love your Daddy. You play with me so nicely all day but as soon as Daddy comes home from work and I can see the love in your eyes as you crawl/cruise over to him for a special Daddy cuddle. I love watching you love him, I am so pleased you have a Daddy who cares for you and whom you care for.
Miriam I love you, I love having you in my life and I love that I get to be your Mummy, it is a joy and a delight. When God made you, He gave you to me and the honour and privilege is all mine. Soon your sister will be going to nursery and one the reasons that makes me excited is that I will get to spend some proper time with you. You are so tolerant of being abandoned when your sister needs the toilet or bashes you on the head but I am looking forward to spending some one on one time with you and seeing you grow and develop even more. I am excited for the person you can and will become.
Keep being special