Ella just stirred, much like she does many times, each and every night, and although running on less than three hours of sleep I didn't fall asleep next to her as I do most nights when I resettle her. All those memories of her birth came rushing back to me and I felt so amazingly blessed to have her in my life. I thank you from the bottom of my heart my little angel for coming into my life!!
I had an amazing pregnancy with her, an amazing babyhood and toddler years, and to me she is really turning into a little girl now. Her vocab is absolutely astounding and our daily conversations endlessly put a smile on my face.
This little girl has changed my life more than I could have ever dreamed. Don't get me wrong.. she is a shocking sleeper and I cannot remember when I had a full night sleep since her birth, she is so incredibly time consuming and drives me up the wall with her stubbornness at times.. but there is something she has done for me that no one ever has. She has softened me up, made me feel strong and made me feel alive. She has indirectly encouraged me to live my life to the fullest, to stop and smell the roses, to love all the little things in life again. Ella has given me the strength to follow my dreams as a designer and showed me how to have fun again.. and she has certainly taught me how not to take life so seriously.
As your dad and I promised you on your naming day.. I promise again that..
- We will nurture you in a loving and caring environment, so that you grow into a kind, considerate, empathetic person.
- We will help you to seek and gain knowledge, ensuring that you learn to make educated choices and good decisions for your future.
- We will support you in your endeavours, allowing you the confidence to take on and complete anything you wish.
- We will provide you with a balanced lifestyle, ensuring that you appreciate all that life has to offer, family, friends and fun.
- We will provide you with the tools that you need to become the best possible person you can be, both personally and professionally.
- We will give you respect and understanding as you go forth in the world, so that you can do the same for others.
- We will not influence you with any prejudices or preconceived ideas that we have, so your future is not hindered by our past.
- We will ensure you understand that the more effort you put into your life, the more you will receive in life
I love you my little angel more than I can ever explain in words.. after all I am a photographer and I think in photographs not words.. happy birthday my darling!! may each day bring you the happiness you have bought me and my you follow your dreams without once being hindered by other peoples opinions.. you can be an astronaut if you so desire.. and don't ever let anyone tell you differently..
I love you!!