Dearest EllaMae (MaeMae),
A day as your mother is unpredictable, enlightening, adventurous, and sometime nerve-wracking. You are a girl who is driven to do whatever she puts her mind to. Your determination, sense of humor, and flexibility will serve you well, as you have already proven to have won the hearts of a few boys and one proud mom! On the eve of your first birthday I reflect and capture the moments that have and will continue to shape our family story with EllaMae as the newest character.
The name EllaMae reminded me of a graceful, poignant, and sweet little girl. Well, 1 for 3 ain’t bad I guess (Amazingly Sweet). Your personality and physique have drawn a different picture of you as a determined, head-strong, and less than delicate little princess. Amazingly this “princess round-face” can light up a room and turns heads at locations throughout the city. Your sincere eyes, vivacious smile and layers of love have friends, family (and even strangers) are drawn to your charismatic personality. Your daycare friends have renamed you to “MaeMae” and the name has stuck. Most recently, your curious and destructive nature have given you the title of “Mighty Mae.”
Having done the whole motherhood level 3 thing with your brother, I felt a bit more prepared this time. As ignorance would have it, while you and your brother have some similarities, your differences will rival my plans. You never took a Nuk, and no need for a mute button. You were smart enough to know what was food, and what was just a hunk of plastic in your mouth. As with eating there was really no reason to rely on others. Taking things off people’s plates, spoons, or drinking from your brothers cup as needed are standard operating procedures in your manual. Utensils are over-rated unless there is ice cream involved, in which case a few drips to the chin determine your plan of action. Sitting (3 months), Crawling (6 months) walking (10 months), and now running, climbing all happened on a similar timeline. However you have been able to stand from a sit without using your hands to brace or support you for quite some time. A task many adults still struggle with. You seem to have a considerable amount of coordination catching and balancing yourself despite obstacles that attempt to take you out at the knees. Talented yes, although simply looking down on occasion might serve you well, or at least protect your shins from bruises!
Eating is a sport, as is riding the dog. Both bring great joy. Adding to the list pulling the recyclables out of the bin, climbing stairs while mom and dad aren’t looking, and bouncing to music are gaining momentum. Most of all you are a sincerely sweet, and entertaining little girl. You have won the hearts and taught me lessons I didn’t know I was lacking. You inspire me everyday to a better person, and recognize that fashion and hair accessories are over-rated.
So on this April 11th eve of 2013, I wish you many sweet dreams. As we would typically sing (to the tune of hot-cross buns)
How are you, How are you?
Mommy Loves you so much, Mommy Loves you so much
Yes I do, Yes I do!
Dream big little one.
Love you more,