Today marks an incredible milestone in Kendall’s life, as well as my own: her first birthday! I cannot believe how quickly this past year has gone by. It feels like only yesterday that I was heading over to the hospital to have my non-stress test, only to be told that it would be the day that I would be meeting my baby. At that moment I had no idea how much love and joy would be brought in to my life.
Throughout my pregnancy countless people told me that a mother’s love for her child is the most powerful love in the world. I would hear this and think to myself, “Yes, yes, I know.” But I didn’t know. I didn’t know just what that love meant. I didn’t know that that love would be all-consuming. I didn’t know that that love meant that I would give anything to ensure that my baby would be happy, safe, and healthy. I didn’t know that that love meant that I would worry about every little thing under the sun. I didn’t know that that love meant that I would cry (often!) because I felt so immensely blessed. I didn’t know that I would question what I had done in my life to ever deserve to have such an amazing gift.
Becoming a mother to Kendall has been the greatest joy of my life. It is my privilege to watch her learn and grow. Every day since she has been born I wonder how I got so lucky. I don’t think I will ever know. What I do know is that I could have never imagined loving someone more than I love my precious girl. And that love continues to grow every day.
Happy birthday, baby girl! Your mommy loves you more than you could ever hope for or imagine.