Dear Baby Girl,
In the middle of the night, when I can’t sleep and I find myself staring at the ceiling, I think about you and what I want for your future.
I promise to take you on adventures. Let’s explore new places together. Find little pockets of the world that are beautiful and quiet and soak it all in.
I promise to paint your nails. To take the time to slow down
I promise to make a mess. Even though most days I’ll probably be asking you to pick up your toys or clean your room, I will make time to make a mess with you.
I promise to pig out on pizza and ice cream and donuts. But also teach you about being healthy and taking care of your body.
I promise to be your biggest supporter. To encourage and inspire you to be a strong, independent woman.
I promise to be there. All the time. In the middle of the night. When I’m busy at work. Whenever you need me. And your dad too!
I promise to let you be you. If you want to wear mismatched clothes. Color your hair. Pierce your nose.
I promise to tell you you’re beautiful. Not just on the outside, but the inside too. I want you to be confident in your abilities as much as your appearance.
I promise to be silly with you. Dance in the rain. Sing in the car. Tell jokes. Take a break from the routine of our day and have fun.
I promise to make your sisters read to you. They are older than you. A lot older than you, but they’ve been waiting a long time for you. They are excited to meet you. I want you to know that they may be busy at times, but I promise they will always make time for you.
I promise to hold your hand and protect you. As long as you’ll let me. And when you’re too big to hold my hand, I’ll walk next to you, side by side, still watching.
I promise to believe in you. Always. Even when you don’t believe in yourself. I’ll be your biggest cheerleader. Along with your sisters.