I’ve been taking photographs of our little man on each monthly milestone, and I thought I would write little notes to accompany them, to someday give to my love. I hope you won’t mind my sharing them here. ❤
My favorite thing about you is the joy you bring to our lives. Your face lights up whenever our eyes meet, especially if I’ve been in another room (even for a second!) or when you see the bathtub. You laugh hysterically when we make raspberry noises or wash the rolls on your neck (sorry to your teenage self for exposing that on the internet). You watch in amazement at the paper cranes I’ve hung above your changing pad, in awe at your rainbow fairy mobile, and are amazed by string lights. You are a chatterbox, and you love to talk, but when the cool breeze blows the branches of the trees, you quiet quickly to watch the wide world around you. Your father and I say that if we do anything right, we hope to foster the joy and wonder you have for your entire life.
I hope that you never let anyone take away your joy. Never let anyone dim that light in your eyes, no matter what happens. Some day, you’re going to get your heart broken, or you’re going to fail at something about which you cared deeply. It will be hard to not feel jaded, but sweet boy, you must remember how strong you are, and find joy in the little things until it is restored entirely. I know you’ve only been in this world a very, very short amount of time, but I feel pretty confident that this joy is your gift to the world. How lucky we are to be your parents!
With all of my heart, I love you, Charlie Daniel.