I was most nervous about you when your dad and I started dating.
I remembered myself as a teenager – I wasn’t sure I knew the first thing about how to manage that stage in someones life at only 28, and I worried that you’d for sure reject any sign of a new girl in your dad’s life.
We met and we clicked immediately and effortlessly and our bond has only strengthened every single day since then.
I love being part of your life. I love teaching you how to manage your hair, I love that you will talk to me for hours about options for changing the colour of mine.
I love that you notice when my nails change colour, even though girly things have never really been your thing.
I love that you still, even now after all these years, sit with me while I do my makeup and laugh when I brush my eyebrows.
You’re a fantastic human being and I love you with my whole heart.
You have taught me so many things, but above all, you have taught me patience.
You have changed me in a way I’ll never really be able to explain.
You make me want to be better.
Because of you, I’m kinder to myself about my body because I want you to know that you must love yours no matter what it looks like because it’s not what makes you beautiful. (It’s that bright sparkling soul that lights up every room, and that smile that is going to change the world.)
I am more determined because I want you to see that even when life is tough, you can find strength to keep fighting forward. I want you to see that you can do anything you put your mind to with dedication and the right attitude.
I’m still learning. Life is tough for me sometimes. But you’re patient, loving, compassionate and I’m so unbelievably grateful for you while I find my way.
I make beautiful boys with incredible, gentlemanly character . I love them with all my heart and soul (your brother too – even though I didn’t create him, he counts as one of the loves of my life as well) but I feel so incredibly honoured to be able to experience life with a daughter too.
It’s a privilege to be a part of your journey.
I love being your friend, your confidant and I love having someone in the house to complain about period pains with!!
I love when we make the same train and your talk my face off from the second we meet to the second you leave me, even though it’s pre coffee and I don’t always have it in me to talk back.
I love your phone calls that drag me out of meetings when you’ve had a bad day.
I love all of the amazing memories so full of love and laughter that we have created together. Both just you and I and those with our whole tribe of a family.
You are a beautiful, kind hearted, compassionate sweet soul. You let Alex and I into your life with your Dad and Fynn with such ease, it feels like we’ve always been here. You gave us your trust, your respect and your love without condition.
I’m not sure what I ever did to deserve you, your love but you and your brother have completed the puzzle of my life.
Thank you for sharing your dad with me. Thank you for being so incredible with the little boys – for loving them so much that my heart soars when I see you all together.
Thank you for showing me what it means to be brave. To step out of my comfort zone. To try new things even when I KNOW I’ll suck at them but that that’s part of the fun of life.
I love you.
I wasn’t there for your first steps, but I’ll be there for all the steps you’ll go on to take in life and I can’t wait.