Dear Emma Rose,
Your dad and I, and big brother Ben too, can't believe it has been one year ago today that you were born. Lately we have been reminiscing, saying "Can you remember what it was like before Emma was born?" And believe me, we have a hard time remembering what we did before you or Ben came along (I think we went to the movies more but that seems to be all we can recall :) Your dad misses an hour or two of sleep and not worrying about whether or not he shut the bathroom door. But your sweet smiles, the way you wave at him when you first wake up or when he walks through the door, the slobbery kisses and the way you say "Da-daa" make it all better. Ben misses being able to leave Legos around the house and not worrying about shutting his door. But he looks forward to playing Legos with you someday, loves the way you crawl after him, kisses you good morning and good night every day, smiles and praises you when you learn something new, and shows genuine love for you daily, and he loves it when you call him "Buh or Bubb". I miss you growing inside me (I know that sounds sort of strange but I loved the way you felt when you moved around in my belly) but I was so excited on the day you were born so we could finally meet you. I miss having projects lying around the house, you do like to get your hands on craft supplies, and you're fast too. But your little hand on me when you nurse, the way your eyes crinkle when you smile, your happy laugh and disposition, the way you crawl after me, and especially when you say "Mama" makes all that other "stuff" seem silly.
We love you little Emma Rose. We can't believe you are already one year old. We have been amazed at all you have done and the ways you have changed in this past year, and the wonderful way that you have enriched our family. We can't wait to take part in the adventures this next year will bring.
Mom, Dad, and Ben
PS- I think you kind of liked the sweet little personal pumpkin pie with whipped cream that Grandma made for you today- yum!