Charlotte Claire… you are one! I can’t believe it. It seems like it went so quickly. When we found out you were on your way, we were surprised and elated! Your life came at a time when I needed some cheering up and it did the trick!
Daddy and I picked out your name before we even had children, and as soon as we knew you were a girl, we knew we’d call you Charlotte. Your big brother calls you CeCe (but it sounds like TeeTee) and Daddy and I like to call you Ceese. Since you were born, I called you my Muffin, and I like to make silly nicknames to go with it like “CeCe Muffin” or “ScrudMuffin”. We also jokingly like you Scrappy because you’re always finding food on the floor and eating it. Daddy said “One thing is for sure with this girl, she will eat half of her meal in her chair and the other half on the floor!”
When I was pregnant with you, you made it very clear to me you were different than your brother. You waited until long after your guess date to make an appearance and the story of your birth was a whole different ball game! While your brother enjoys being the center of attention, you enjoy watching from the sidelines. You are very observant and I think you’ll have a great sense of discernment. You are very careful when it comes to trust, and you make people work hard for your affection. That’s an admirable quality and I think it will serve you later in life.
You’ve always had a sweet demeanor but you’ve also got a sassy side. You know exactly what you want and you’re a bit fiesty. I’m a little worried how that will play out when you’re two… or sixteen!
There is something very special about your features – sometimes you look exactly like your daddy but sometimes you look just like me! I often see your brother’s expressions and I think you have your Auntie Tina’s nose. You definitely have your Daddy’s white-blonde hair and you get your easily tanned skin from the Toral Cuban side. I love to see the way God has combined two people in one sweet little life.
You really love your brother! I know you two will be best friends. You try your hardest to keep up with him and you are learning to fight back and defend yourself. He is a crazy guy so I think you’re learning how to play hard. He is always protecting you, feeding and making sure you have everything you need! He likes to tell mommy when you need something.
I love having a daughter to dress up and sew for! I loved making your Disneyland outfits and headbands for every holiday! I hope that as you get bigger you will know that this is how I show you my love and that you will always ask me to make your costumes, dress-up clothes and maybe one day your prom dress!
You love books and sometimes I catch you alone just reading. You love to play cars and you really love hugging stuffed animals and baby dolls. You love to play outside and love toys you can ride on! You are starting to climb the play structures at the park! You took your first steps at 10 months and now you are walking like a pro. You can say mama, dada, MattMatt, cracker, ball, book, banana, Nana, and you say “na” for hungry. You know your signs for please, thank you, sorry, more and milk. You nod your head yes (and it’s adorable) and shake your head no. You love to swim and once you jumped in our kiddie pool fully clothed! You’re a good eater and you will not hesitate to steal food. You love fruit, especially strawberries and clementines.
You love to nurse and that has been such a blessing to me. It’s been hard sometimes because you always need your mommy, especially for sleeping, and sometimes I’ve felt that I’m doing you an injustice by not teaching you to be more self sufficent but I remember that you are still a baby. There will come a day when you won’t need me anymore and I will look back on these days with longing. I pray that when you’re a mommy, you will be grateful for the bond we have and be willing to do the same, with great joy, for your children.
My sweet little Muffin, I cannot believe you’re one. I love watching you grow. You are a beautiful, smart and curious girl. I look forward to seeing the woman you will become.
Happy Birthday Charlotte Claire.