Happy 1st Birthday Emily!

Dearest Emily,

Exactly a year ago today you stole my heart. I can't believe 52 weeks have past, a mere 365 days since I met you for the first time. How did we get here so quickly? I can't believe we have been your muma and daddy for an entire year! It is absolutely crazy to think how fast this year has gone. I remember the first time I saw your face, just minutes old and you had your beautiful big eyes open, taking in the world. I remember holding you for the first time, and crying because I couldn't believe how incredibly lucky I was to have you. The first few days went by in a blur of happiness. Watching you fall asleep on my chest, with your fingers wrapped around mine. I'm so glad I got to be there with you, to watch you go through your milestones, sitting up by yourself, eating solids, crawling, saying your first word, and even walking. All before you are one. I honestly can't put into words how proud we are of you. I love nothing more than waking up to your gorgeous smiles in the morning, listening to you talk away, and call out for your 'muma' on the monitor, It melts my heart everytime. You have learnt so much in such a short amount of time. I have tried my best to capture as much of your first year as I can, I got your first laugh, crawl, and steps all on video. I look forward to the day when I can sit with you, and look through the mountains of photographs. I never want to forget a moment or memory with you. 

 I always wanted a little girl, someone to go shopping with, to dress up in little pink dresses, and do all of the girly things, like having tea parties. I think because I was the only girl when I was younger, I was determined to have a little girl of my own, and here you are. As perfect as ever. I love the relationship we have, you have become my best friend and I really hope that as you grow older that never changes. I hope to be there with you through all of the milestones to come. Your first day at school, your first date, your first day at university if you decide to go, meeting the love of your life, and maybe even a wedding. 

One of the wonderful things about having you is how affectionate and determined you are. You never give up, when you were trying to walk, I think you fell over more than you were standing. Even when you toppled over and got hurt you carried on, and I really admire that about you. I love how strong our bond is, even though you are fiercely independent, you still make sure you give me and daddy lots of cuddles. I hope that me and your daddy do you proud, and make you happy. I hope that we teach you to love, and be kind. To be independent, and your own person. To teach you manners, and courtesy, but most of all to teach you how important it is to show the people you care about, you love them.

Although this year has flew by. I am so proud of you and how much you have learnt. I have treasured this year, and I am so grateful to have you. You have made me so happy, and you are everything I have dreamed of and more. It has been my greatest privilege to be called your muma. I don't know how many times throughout the day I stopped, looked at you and thought 'she's ours? how did we create such a perfect little girl'. You have taught me so much about myself, life, and the things that matter the most. You have taught me patience, and belief. You have made the saddest days joyful again, and taught me that love is stronger than anything. I'm so thankful to be your muma, to spend my days by your side, watching you grow and learn. Thank you for being here, for being you, for being happy, fun loving, independent, cheeky and oh so beautiful. As you turn one, remember that whatever you do, wherever you go and whoever you turn out to be. Both me and your daddy will love you unconditionally. 

Happy birthday Baby girl. I am so incredibly lucky to have you.
I love you always
Muma. x

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