My Dearest Sunshine

Dear BJ,
I’ve been writing you letters since the day I left the hospital without you. A letter a day for every day you were in the NICU (four long and difficult months), every birthday and every milestone. So I think it’s fitting that I write a letter to you today to tell you how proud I am of you. There’s no specific reason for todays letter other than the fact that lately you’ve been growing leaps and bounds, you’re talking more and more every day and you still have the ability to make my heart absolutely melt.
Your personality is a mixture of your dad’s easy confidence, my stubbornness and both of our love of laughter. I know no other child who wakes up with a smile most mornings and that smile brightens my day. You absolutely love music. Both your dad and I do too… and more and more lately you love to tell me “dance mommy” and we break out into a mini dance session. You’re a boys boy and boxing, wrestling and all things outdoors are also a love of yours. You’re bossy “come with me mommy” and “Im’ma do it!” are two of your most often used phrases.
You’re still not sleeping through the night. I blame this on myself and daddy. We were so worried about your weight gain in the early days that when the doctor told us it was okay to stop giving you night time sippy cups we continued. Now it’s become a bit of a habit. We’re working on it though… you’ll get there. You’ve began potty training… you’re not loving it but you don’t really have a choice in the matter on this one. We’ll figure it out together.
And you’re so incredibly smart. I love watching your brain work… watching you figure things out and talk to yourself while you’re playing. Daddy says he hopes you have my brains and his brawn. I think he’s selling himself a little short there but I can tell you’re smart as a whip.
Above all else I’ve just written about. I want you to know how much mommy and daddy love you. How proud we are to be able to call you our son. I want you to know that we’ll support you and will always do our best to provide you with everything you need to succeed. You’re mommy’s heart and daddy’s little man and I love watching you grow. We all had a bit of a rough beginning with things but I wouldn’t trade anything about having you for a second. Because the end result was better than I ever could have imagined or hoped for. You are truly mommy’s sunshine.

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