Four years ago tonight I was packing my bags and furiously cleaning the house. I knew I was going to meet you the next day. I didn't sleep one minute that night. I was so excited to finally become a mom! I had waited all my life to have a sweet baby and I could hardly wait to see what you would look like and what you would be like.
Your birthday and first month didn't turn out anything like I had expected. It was the hardest month of my life. But OH how I fell in love with you so quickly. I knew when I saw you in the NICU that you were a fighter and that you were going to do great things.
You have changed our lives. You were not an easy baby. You cried all the time. You never slept. Oh boy you were a strong willed toddler. I wondered how we would ever make it sometimes!
No matter how much you tested me - you brought me SOOOO much joy. I would lay in the bed every night and your daddy and I would talk about all the funny things you did. You amaze us every day. I think God is going to use you in BIG ways. You have handled your "special ears" so well! I love seeing how far you have come and I know that it will never define you.
You are so smart. You are probably the funniest person I have ever met. You are a character. You are full of personality. You have wonderful manners - always saying please and thank you. You are kind hearted. Maybe my favorite thing about you is you always care about those who are crying or hurting. You LOVE to help your sister and comfort her. If Hollis cries (or gets in trouble) - you are immediately at her side holding her hand and singing to her. I think you have an innate ability to know when someone needs a smile or a hug.
You are ALL GIRL! You LOVE to dress up. You love pink. You only want to wear dresses and if I put you in pants - you will come home and immediately take them off because "princesses don't wear pants". You love to dance and you love music. You LOVE to watch movies on your iPad. You end up in our bed every single night. No matter how hard we try - we always seem to wake up with you right in the middle. You love to write your name. That is your new favorite thing you do constantly. You have recently become a Chatty Cathy. You talk to us NON STOP. And now we have entered the "why" phase.
Happy Birthday sweet Harper! (tomorrow)
I love you!
(Or as you call me half the time "maw maw") ha!