Dear Baby Princess,
You took your first steps on Saturday.
More precisely, you took your first steps on Saturday, March 3, 2012 at 5:58 pm. I had just come home from getting a long-overdue haircut and you were playing on the floor with Daddy. I knelt down to join the two of you and you climbed off of your truck. Daddy helped you up and you were about to walk toward me and then got tripped up on the edge of the truck and fell. But I picked you up, turned you back around toward Daddy and you did it! Two full steps before you realized what you were doing, started laughing and fell down on the cutest tushy ever.
It could not have been a more perfect moment. Just the three of us, on a weekend, when Daddy and I were both fully paying attention and so excited to watch you reach this milestone. You are almost 18 months old which apparently is on the later side to start walking, but we knew you would get around to it on your own time. Sure, babies have been doing this since the beginning of time, but you are our baby and we are so proud of you. Today you got a Happy Gram at school because you walked almost three feet on your own!
There is so much to love about you at this age, sweet girl. To steal a sentiment from another mom, there are characteristics you show right now that I would love to bottle and give back to you years down the line. Like your genuine sweetness, untempered by any of the emotions and self-consciousness and complicated logic that will guide your behaviors later in life. I think about that every time I watch you bring Daddy or I our shoes because it's time to go. Or every time you pull a book off of your bookshelf, bring it to me and crawl into my lap. You know what you want, you're smart enough to take the steps (pun fully intended) to get there, and everything else about you is just an embodiment of pure innocence. You trust us completely, and I take that responsibility very seriously (if I think about it for too long, I feel genuinely panicked). When I say I want to give you back your sweetness and innocence years from now it's not for my benefit (though I'm sure I'll long for those moments when you're a teenager). I mean that I wish you could experience that magical simplicity at a time when you will remember it, even for a moment.
But, that's not how life works, which is why I am savoring these moments for both of us. I love you, Baby Princess. Sleep tight because you've got lots of walking to do tomorrow.