A Letter to my Daughter on Her 2nd Birthday

A Letter to my Daughter on Her 2nd Birthday by popular Atlanta lifestyle blogger Happily Hughes

A LETTER TO MY DAUGHTER

Dearest Henley Rae, 

Happy birthday my heart.  You’ve been with us for two years now, and it seems like I just had you yesterday AND we’ve been together forever simultaneously.  I can’t imagine our little family without you.  You are the sriracha to my sweet and sour chicken.  The jalape├▒os to my margarita.  The perfect kick of happiness and spice to our lives. 

I never want to forget the way you were today.  All of your excited talking, half of it I couldn’t even understand.  But I knew what I needed to, you were happy.  We woke up and got doughnuts from your favorite store.  We brought some in for your lovely teachers at school.  I picked you and Hudson up early and we got lunch and ice cream.  Then we played outside and snuggled up for a long nap.  Your dad came home early and we had dinner and then watched your favorite movie- Frozen.  Hudson’s sick of it by now, but it was your big day so we all lay on the couch and enjoyed it together.  Then you went to bed.  And I stayed up looking through your baby photos because OMG you’re growing up too fast!!!

Here are the things I NEVER want to forget:  I never want to forget the way you smell when you sleep.  A mixture of baby and little girl.  Of sweetness and a little dirt.  I never want to forget the coos you make in your sleep.  Or the way you wake up and babble nonsense because you’re not fully awake.  I never want to forget your pouty face.  Or the way you furrow your brows and boss people around.  I never want to forget the way you’ll wrap your arms around me in a fierce hug before you run off to play.  I even don’t want to forget the way you’ll hit your brother, and then act like you didn’t do anything wrong.  And I absolutely never want to forget your laugh.  It’s always come out as a cackle, even when you were a baby.  Like you were up to no good.  And half the time you’re not- you little leprechaun.  I love that about you. 

I love everything about you.  I think, no I know, that you are going to light the world on fire my little love.  And I will be there cheering you on, every step of the way. 

10 thoughts on “A Letter to my Daughter on Her 2nd Birthday

  1. Julia

    I feel like Hen and Zoe may be the same kid…bahahaha Happy Birthday, sweet sweet chunk of love! We love you in circles!

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  2. Alicia Taylor

    Aww! What a sweet testament to your daughter for her birthday. My kids are grown, but I can still smell that baby smell if I try hard enough. They were boys – so lots of dirt, too ­čÖé It’s amazing how fast they grow up, but it sounds like she had a good birthday.

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