My dearest V,
They say Vesna, pronounced VEHS-nah, is an ancient Slavic goddess of Spring, born to bring happiness and luck. And in the past year you have brought us an immeasurable amount of joy, luck and happiness in a time when the world is hurting and when we could all use a little hope. You are our light and hope, and my motivation to work hard every single day.
And boy, did the first year go by quickly. Though I took a million pictures and videos of this past year, I hope my memory won’t fail me and that I will always be able to recall and remember the countless precious moments we got to experience this past year.
And me – well I learned that you do everything on your own time. You love to charm people with either your big gummy and squinty eye smile or now a slight smirk. I learned to see the world through your eyes, and everything suddenly feels amazing.
And your dad – you and your daddy have become partners in crime. You spend your weekdays together and I love overhearing you two talk, laugh and listen to music while I work in another room. With him by your side, you will grow to be an independent and confident woman.
Over the past week, I watched you as you slept, realizing you are not going to be my baby forever. And now that day has come. Though you are now embarking on toddler-hood, do know that you will forever be my little baby.
You are O N E year old! Happy birthday, my beautify little girl.