Yesterday was your first birthday. I remember waiting to meet you. It seems both a long, long time ago and yet only yesterday. We didn't know if you were going to be a boy or a girl, we didn't know when you would arrive, we didn't know what you would look like or who you were going to be. I didn't even know for sure what labour or motherhood were all about. I guess we have both learned a lot in the past year.
I remember talking to a friend about a week before you were born, saying "I know I can take care of a baby. That part doesn't scare me. But I don't know how I'm going to be someone's Mom."
Each and every day, I watch you learn something new and you teach me something new, too. There is a whole world full of mystery and delight out there and I am going to enjoy showing it to you and having you show it to me. Both Daddy and I love you so much. You are bright and cheerful. You are loving and happy. You are the apple of my eye and I can't wait to watch you grow. You already have so much personality and we are going to have so much fun together!
It turns out that I didn't need to know who you were before you came. I know now and that is more than enough.