It was Monday night and I had already put you to bed. I looked at the clock and I told Daddy and Bubba that it had been exactly 9 months to the minute that we first embraced your beautiful face. It had been 9 months that you first graced us with the wonder of you.
I have a book and I rarely read it to you, not because I don't like it, but because it makes me cry when I do. It talks about the wonderful night you were born. It says things like, "the moon smiled with such wonder" and "the wind whispered the sound of your name" and "not once had there been such eyes, such a nose, such silly, wiggly wonderful toes" or my favorite "Heaven blew every trumpet and played every horn on the wonderful, marvelous night you were born." This book has such true statements as innocent and elementary as they may be.
I go back to that night. I remember the pain. I remember the fight. I remember the joy. I remember the pride. I remember the overwhelming love that fluttered inside. On that wonderful, marvelous night you were born.
You are uniquely you. You have big blue eyes that turn into that shape of a rainbow when you smile. You don't just smile with your mouth but with all of your 14 pound body!
You have a little button nose that gets so full of snot that Mommy could scream. But you do all the fussing for me when I have to get that snot out!
Not that that is the only time you fuss.
But did you know that I love to hear you fuss as much as I love to hear you laugh? I do, it's true. See, your fussing tells me that you have insight. You, my little 9 month old know what you like and what you don't. You know what you want and want you could stand to live without.
Your dark, full hair makes so many, so jealous!
You love to watch your feet dangle and wiggle and flip and flop. You don't need toys as long as you have your feet!
See, my girl, you are uniquely you!
I can't count on all my fingers and toes how many hearts you bless each day. I can't fathom how many smiles you encourage along the way. I can only imagine how many prayers are prayed for you, sweet girl. The lives you fulfill are endless. The love you bring is forever.
This and so much more, my daughter, is the wonder of you.