Dear Zoey (On Your Second Birthday),


You’re asleep right next to my on Daddy’s and my bed. It’s naptime and even though you fought it, you finally did give in and now you’re snuggled up to your Elmo blanket (your favorite) and you’re clutching your sippee cup full of juice; your ever-present binky is tucked between your lips.

I know when you wake up you’re going to be full of joy and wonderment and a little bit of trouble–just like you are every day. You’ll want to play with the new toys you got yesterday at your birthday party, eat leftover cake for lunch and watch endless episodes of SpongeBob and Fresh Beat Band. And when Daddy gets home today, you’ll want to open your presents from Mommy and Daddy.

I know all of this, but right now, I’m enjoying just watching you sleep and thinking back to when you were born two years ago. You were so tiny when they laid you on my chest for the first time, but in that moment, Daddy and I fell completely in love with you.

I can’t believe the time has passed this quickly–even though lots of people warned Mommy and Daddy that it would. Sometimes I wish for the little baby who was content to cuddle all day, but really, I’ll am so overboard in love with the little girl you’ve become. You’re so amazing in every way and each day that you grow and learn, Daddy and I love you a little more. You’re wonderful, smart, beautiful, caring and just plain awesome.

Daddy and I love you so much, Peanut.

For the sake of preserving memories, here’s a bit about you right now:

You LOVE macaroni and cheese (preferably the Stouffers kind), hot dogs and Oreo cookies

You’re starting to use a Big Girl cup and doing really well with it

You eat 5x sharp cheese and blue cheese like it’s nothing

You LOVE Fresh Beat Band and SpongeBob Squarepants. You sing along (and know the dances) to the Fresh Beat Band songs and insist on listening to their CD in the car and when you’re taking a bath or shower

You call horses ‘yeehaws’ andyour friend Charlie ‘Char Char’

You like swimming at Grampy Emmett and Grammy Karen’s house and riding in the wagon at Grandpa and Grandma Hoose’s house

You get excited when you realize we’re on the road close to home

You’re turning into a daddy’s girl and prefer that both Mommy and Daddy lay down with you for naps and at bedtime

You love reading books

Every day you pick up a bag and say you’re going to go to Grandma Hoose’s house. You also pretend to call her a lot.’

You beam when we praise you for learning how to do something

You make the world a better place just by being you


You are so loved, Miss Zoey Grace, and that will never chance. So today, on your birthday, I wish you the best day possible. And I hope in your sleep right now you’re having good dreams.

Happy birthday, my wonderful girl.




P.S.–Like I said last year: Ignore Mommy if you catch her tearing up today. She’s just so incredible happy and probably she’s got something in her eye.


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