To Will, on your second birthday!

Dear Will,

I am in serious disbelief that you are two whole years old today!  Part of it may be this time of year, or the fact that I went through it with your sister a couple weeks ago, but I have been thinking a lot about your birth and your time as a tiny baby lately.  I remember when the nurses handed you to me for the first time, and you opened your enormous eyes and looked into mine.  It was as if I had always known you; I was just waiting to meet you.

Throughout the past two years you have taught me what it means to be a mother: sleepless nights, endless worries, and frustrations.  But being a mother is also more overwhelming joy and love than I ever thought possible.

I am so proud of the little boy you are becoming.  Besides being so big compared to that first time I held you (you were just over five pounds, after all), you have grown in so many other ways.  Your impressive vocabulary and communication abilities impress even strangers.  You are able to count to 8 without help and sing your ABCs.  You can run and climb and put things together- and take them apart!  You have truly great manners that need little prompting most times.  But the things I love most about you are harder to measure.  I have never met someone with a bigger heart.  A true empath, you feel everything so strongly, which is both amazing and challenging. The way you love on your little sister melts my heart, and your ability to make friends wherever you go is a quality I hope you hold onto for life.  Never lose your compassion for others, Will, even if it isn't always reciprocated as strongly.

Being your mother has taught me many, many things: to be patient, to have faith even when all seems hopeless, to never take anything for granted.  But mostly, it has taught me to slow down and be present in the day-to-day.  Even things that one seemed mundane now hold a special kind of magic because of you: wind, rain, trucks driving down the street, a friendly stranger saying, "hello."  It's all too easy for us to lose that wonder as we get older, and it is regained when we experience life through the eyes of our children.

So even though it's your day to be celebrated and gifted, I want to thank you for all of the beautiful gifts you have given me just by being alive.  Words fall short when describing our two years together, but I can't wait to see where this adventure continues to take us.  So happy birthday, William Robert!  Cheers to one hundred more!




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