Dear Lila,

I cannot believe a whole year has passed since you came into our lives! When the doctor handed you to me at 4:02pm a year ago, I had no idea just how much fun this year would be, or that I would or could love you this much.

You brighten each day with your big smile and infectious laugh. Your curiosity and wonder at new things make me see things anew as well. I love that you have not yet learned about reservation or "playing it cool" - I hope you never do - because I love that you are always unabashedly yourself and express your feelings so clearly and truthfully. I hope you stay that way always.

I love the way you look when you suck your thumb. I love your sweet hands that are constantly exploring and learning. I love your blonde hair that looks like mine. I love your cheeky grin. I love when you bury your head in my chest before naps. I love that you are such a snuggle bug. I love the way you clutch my leg when I am working in the kitchen. I love that you follow me from room to room. I love how you get lost in your books. I love your glee over chasing Tallulah and Riley. I love your zooming commando crawl. I even love your temper and how you get so mad when you are frustrated or can't do something, because it shows how determined you are and how much you care.

I can't even begin to tell you how much you have changed my life for the better. You are the best thing that ever happened to me.

I am so looking forward to the rest of our life together. I just love being your mama so much. Happy birthday and lots of love to you, sweet girl. May all your dreams come true.

Love, Mama xo