Oh, my sweet girl. How your world (and mine) are about to change.
I am so proud of the little person you’ve become. I say “little” because whenever I call you my big girl, you say “I’m not a big kid yet, mommy.” I’m okay with that. Stay little as long as you can. Growing up is overrated, any way.
You’re kind, compassionate, and have a way of lighting up a room. Your personality is contagious and I can’t get enough. I’ve laugh-cried more times in the past 2.5 years than I can ever remember. Your sense of humor and wit are both forces to be reckoned with. Your dance moves and singing are my most favorite things right now. I will never tire of “havana oo na na”.
You’re strong-willed and one of the most independent people I know. Hmm… I wonder where you get it from? You are so much of me. Sometimes it worries me, because I know the burden of that type-A, take no sh*t personality. Thankfully, you are also so much of your dad. Laid back when needed and always observing those around you. Your empathy at such a young age astounds me. I don’t worry about your adjustment as a big sister because I know you will embrace the change. You’ve adapted to everything we’ve thrown your way – from your big girl bed to potty training – you’ve led the way and done it all with an ease that simply amazes me. Of course, every transition is harder on me than you.
I know you’ll be the biggest helper, and worry about me and baby brother often. You are already so concerned with him and my ever-growing tummy. If I make a noise or a move that seems out of the ordinary, you ask “you okay, mommy?” – just like your dad. Don’t tell him how crazy it’s starting to drive me though 😉 At 39 weeks pregnant, every groan and moan results in “are we headed to the hospital today?”.
I don’t ever worry about you, Harper Rose. Honestly, I worry about myself during this transition more than anything. Will I be able to love on both of you equally? Will I give you the attention you so deserve while also taking care of the needs of a newborn? I know there will be an adjustment period, but I also know you will handle it with grace and guide me along the way, as you always have.
You truly are my greatest adventure…and have given life more purpose than I ever imagined. I can’t wait to see you lead the way for your baby brother. In the words of your favorite, Mickey Mouse – we are just beginning a “super adventure” and I’m thrilled to be along for the ride.
Surf’s up, sweet girl.