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Friday, September 28, 2012

Your Daddy

*Disclaimer: this post is full of sap, so if you're feeling the least bit nauseated you may want to stop now.  :-)

Dear Lilly,

I just wanted to take a few minutes to make sure you know that you have the best Daddy in the whole wide world.  I know I don't show or tell him enough, but I am so thankful for him and all that he does for the two (three counting Layla!) of us. 

On Wednesday, Mommy had a rough morning.  It wasn't much different than any other morning, it was just one of those mornings where nothing went right.  I was rushing around (as usual) trying to get ready, pump, make sure I had my pump and all of my parts for the day, make sure your stuff was ready for the day so Daddy didn't have to deal with it, etc.  I had an early meeting so it was important that I be on time.  I was literally running out the door (right on time for once) when I realized that the outfit I had on had some left over spit up on it.  Don't worry, I wasn't mad at you - just annoyed with myself for forgetting to send it to the cleaners.  I changed and left about 10 minutes later than I needed to.  Due to unforeseen traffic issues and not knowing where to go/park, I ended up being too late for my meeting and having to skip it.  Like I said, not a huge deal, but I was so stressed by the whole mess that when Daddy called to ask me a question about an hour later I burst into tears.  The past two weeks have been the busiest weeks I've had since I returned to work, and I have been feeling like there aren't enough hours in the day and running on fumes even more than ever.  I pulled it together and went about my day, and then this happened:

Your sweet, thoughtful Daddy sent me the most beautiful flowers to brighten my day - and brighten my day they did (after I cried some more, of course!). 

It made me think about the fact that I don't tell him often enough how much I appreciate him.  You light up his world, little girl, and there's nothing I love more than seeing the utter joy on your face when he walks in a room, or hearing you giggle at the silly songs he makes up for you, or listening to him read you your bed time stories (even though he makes up alternate endings!).  Sometimes, watching the two of you, I don't know how my heart doesn't explode with love for you both.

Your Daddy loves us so much, Lilly.  He is so hands-on with you and involved in every aspect of your life (he even helps Mommy make your baby food!).  He is so patient with you and I know you will learn so much from him, because he's the smartest person I know.  He is my biggest champion - he's so supportive of me and everything I want to accomplish, and I know he will be supportive of your dreams as well, no matter what they are.  Some day, when you grow up and fall in love and choose a life partner, if whoever you choose is even half the person your Daddy is, you'll be the luckiest girl in the world. 

Always remember, sweet girl, that your Daddy adores you.  He is so excited to watch you grow, and can't wait until the day when he can teach you all about football and cars (humor him, ok?).  When you're a little older, and you're mad at him for embarrassing you and trying to scare all of the boys away, just remember that in his eyes, you'll always be his little girl. 



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