Dear Maddie,

Your second birthday is coming up in a few days and I can’t believe how quickly time has gone. You went from being my baby girl to an independent toddler with a mind of your own. You know what you want and you don’t hesitate to go for it, whether that is by climbing on the counters to reach for your favorite spoon or grabbing the remote and pushing buttons to figure out how to get Mickey Mouse Clubhouse to play on the TV.

You’re also an amazingly bright little girl.  You can count from 1to 10 forwards and backwards already, which is very shocking to me considering it took your brother until he was 3 ( almost 4 if I remember correctly) to do the same. You may not know how to speak perfectly yet, but that doesn’t stop you. You keep going until you can figure out how to get what you want.

These past two year of your life has shown me so much about you and your little personality. You are a sprinter! When you want to get places, there is no stopping you. You literally run after what you want and try to get around every obstacle in your way, even if that obstacle is me telling you to slow down. You, my sweet princess, will be something and I want to help you along the way, even if helping you means letting you do your own thing without my interference.

I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for you because there is so much positivity and brightness in you that you simply shine wherever you go. I wish more than anything that you achieve all your dreams in life and live a happy life. Just keep in mind, mommy is not perfect and I will make mistakes along the way. Please know that everything I do, I do because I love you and I do it with the right intentions in mind, even if it may not seem that way. I just hope that one day you can forgive me for all the mistakes I’ve made along our journey together.

Love you always,


P.S. Out of all the amazing things you’re going to do, can I please ask one favor? Please stop insisting on taking your clothes off everywhere we go and refusing to put them back on again. This little trait of yours is not fun for neither of us right now. It’s funny, yes, but makes our life really hard.