Sunday, October 4, 2015
Day 4: Melody Grace
Happy birthday, sweet Ellie. I miss you so much little girl. I can't believe you're already 2. It seems like it was just yesterday that you were sleeping on my lap while I watched Bones and told you all about the hopes I had for your future and how you would have a truly wonderful life. I still believe every word of it.
I couldn't believe how blessed I was to get to live with your mom and dad while your mom was pregnant with you. They were so much fun to live with, and they were my second family. You are so lucky to be born to parents that want and love you so incredibly much. You, sweet girl, were so loved from the very moment they knew you were on the way. Your folks telling me that they were expecting you was one of the happiest moments of my life, and I still can't help but smile thinking about that joy. I've learned so much about love watching them love each other and love you.
Ellie, the day you were born, I was in the hospital with your mom and dad and Grandma and Grandpa Cain. We'd been waiting almost 2 days while your mom was in labor, and I am still amazed at how little sleep we all got and that your mom dealt with that as well as she did. She was just so excited and ready to meet you. When you were born that morning 2 years ago, your grandparents and I had all been sleeping in the waiting room of the birthing center because the nurses were so nice to us. As soon as they told us we could come see you and your mom, we headed down. I've never seen either of your parents look so proud. It was like they were glowing with light from the inside.
Oh, El, you were so beautiful. I couldn't believe how tiny you were. Such sweet little fingers and toes, so pretty. Your grandma and grandpa both held you and I just sat. I was so amazed by you. When they handed you to me I felt flooded with joy. You were my niece. You were my family. You were a whole new little world. You were perfect, and I was completely in love. How could I not be? You were such a delicate, sweet creature and you were now as much a part of my life as sunshine.
Ellie, I am grateful that I get to be a part of your life and that I am your Aunt Jaymin. I am grateful that I am getting to watch you grow up. I am blown away with how smart your are (though it shouldn't be a surprised given how smart your folks are) and how much you are growing. You are a beautiful little girl and you are going to be a gorgeous woman (just like your mom). I hope as you grow that you remember you always have an aunt that loves you and is here if you need her.
I love you, El. I miss seeing you every day. Be good.