An Open Letter to Alice

Alice,

My baby girl, the piece that completed our family. This first year with you has been an amazing one. I’ve never been around another baby quite like you. You are so full of life and personality already. You know what you want and are already so stubborn! I mean you were the only one out of three I had to be induced with 😉. You are so full of love and wonder watching you discover the world around you has been a privilege. You are so funny and weird already it’s fantastic. You are adored by your brother who I know will protect you but I know you will protect them too. I’m excited to watch you grow into the strong amazing woman I know you’ll be and although raising a daughter in this world is scary I know you are a force to be reckoned with and you will be just fine.

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An Open Letter to Ukiah

Ukiah,

My second born, my free spirit. I was so afraid when I found out I was pregnant with you, I didn’t think it was possible to love another person as much as I love your brother and that scared me but then you came and all of those fears were immediately replaced with love. Watching you imagination work is an adventure, like your brother your creativity is inspiring. You’re so smart maybe even too smart for your own good and that gets you into trouble from time to time but you never cease to amaze me. You have such a fiery little personality but I think you balance that out with how caring you are and I hope you never lose that. You are always there for your brother and even though you are younger you always look out for him. I was worried how you would be once your sister came but you’ve pretty much been nailing the big brother thing too. From the time you started talking you’ve told me you want to grow up and be a doctor to kids in the hospital. It will be amazing to watch you go down that path of your mind doesn’t change over the years. Whatever it is you choose to be when you grow up I know you’ll be great.

I love you,

Ashley/mom (yes he calls me by my first name)

An Open letter to Dominic

Dominic,

My first born and my first real love. Everyday you surprise me with how much you are growing. It’s hard to imagine my life before you, I never knew how much I needed you until the day you were born. You have taught me so much patience and I have so much admiration for you. You are one of the strongest kids I know. Your brain may be wired differently but you don’t let your struggles defeat you. You are such a loving human and although we seem to be going through a rough age I know you will grow up to be one of the kindest people there is. I hope as you get older you hold onto that creativity that you are overflowing with. It fills my heart with happiness when I watch you and your little brother and sister play together. I hope when you are all grown you remain close and the best of friends. The future still has a lot of unknowns but one thing I know for sure is you’re going to be great kid, I look forward to watching you grow into the amazing man I know you will be.

I love you,

Mom

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