My Darling Charlotte,
First off, Happy 3rd birthday! I still can't believe I have been loving you for 3 years. It feels like so much longer, and frankly I wouldn't want to imagine my life without. Since the moment I found out you were growing inside my body, I vowed to do everything possible to benefit you. I cut out all the bad foods, completely quit drinking coffee (that was HARD), obviously quit drinking alcohol, exercised as much as I could to stay healthy and if it wasn't organic it wasn't good enough for you.
I personally have gone through so many changes, but the best change is how much bigger my heart has grown because of you. Thank you for teaching me how to love unconditionally and endlessly. Thank you for teaching me how to endure sleepless nights and become a caretaker. Thank you for teaching me the true meaning of patience. Thank you for loving me through all my flaws. Thank you for bringing our family closer together. Thank you for the endless laughs. Thank you for choosing me as your mommy.
You are the light of my life. I tell you that all the time, because I mean it. You have pulled me out of the darkness. You make me want to be a better person - everyday!
In just 3 short years, you have changed the world around you and you don't even know it. You make your family better. You make me better.
I don't always appreciate your strength in the moment (aka stubbornness), but you have been doing things your own way before you even made it to the outside world. We were all anticipating your arrival and you made us wait an additional 15 days past your due date. Always full of surprises! That's you kiddo. I love watching you grow, discover, develop and blossom into an incredible little lady. I look forward to everyday I have with you. Even the challenging days, because I know there are lessons to be learned for both of us.
You have a wild imagination and I love the journeys you take us on through your visions. You host the best tea parties. Tell the silliest jokes. Draw the most adorable family portraits. Give the best hugs. Say I Love You at the right moments. Crack a devilishly cute grin when you're being mischievous. And melt my heart on the daily.
At the young age of 3 you have become quite the world traveler. Daddy and I love experiencing and exploring the globe with you. Pretty amazing you get to celebrate this birthday in Thailand! I'm not sure how we'll top this experience next year, but we have our work cut out for us.
Thinking back on it, you have had quite the amazing birthday trips. Last year we took a little lady trip to Hawaii right before you turned 2!
You are so special to Mommy, Daddy & the whole world around you. Never lose your charm, curiosity, sense of humor, sweetness, confidence. But most of all, never lose your BIG love! You love with your whole self. Happy 3rd birthday my sweetness. Mommy loves you beyond the moon!