One Year Ago Today

My baby girl turns 1 today.

Dear Erin,

Happy Birthday, baby girl! You are 1 today. Your Mom and I can hardly believe it.

You truly are my little girl. I adore everything about you. And always will. Your blue eyes, Erin, just captivate me. It’s as if I could stare at you all day. Of course, I probably could. I don’t even notice your lip anymore. I really don’t. It bothered me at first, but now I know it’s just part of who you are — and that it will go away over time.

Your enjoyment of music is one of my most favorite things. I love to watch you ‘bop’ to any music we play or sing. It makes me think ahead to when your 8 or 9 and I bring you to your first concert to see the latest and greatest boy band of the day.

I completely cherish our special time, Erin. And for me, that’s putting you down each night. Holding you in my arms while I give you your bottle. Well, I can’t think of anything much better than that. I love looking at your while you are in my arms and I love talking to you — telling you how special you are and how much we all love you.

And that includes Aidan. He does love you, Erin. I know he does. He’s incredibly protective of you, as a big brother should be. But, I can see it in your eyes, Erin. One of these days, you’re just going to bop him, aren’t you?

I shouldn’t tell you this, Erin. But when you do bop him one day, I may say something strong to you at the time, but know inside I’ll be laughing like crazy!

You are our little angel, Erin. One day you’ll understand what an emotional time it was for us when you were born. Your Uncle Tim, who would so adore you, passed away suddenly less than a week after you were born. It made me raise so many questions. It made me question my faith in ways I never imagined.

But it also made me appreciate you so much more. Life was given. Life was taken. And you, littlest bit, brought so much joy to our family in a time we still have difficulty talking about. One day, you’ll know this.

When I look at you, Erin, I see the prettiest girl I’ve ever seen. I see your blue eyes, your smile, your wide-eye curiosity.

And I also see your Uncle Tim. That, Erin, is perhaps your most special gift. Every time I look at you, I am reminded of your uncle. I can’t think of a better way for you to pay tribute to the uncle you’ll never meet yet who you will be forever connected to.

I love you, Erin Margaret. Thank you for brightening our day — every day.


Mmm. Cake.

11 Comments on “One Year Ago Today”

  1. Stephanie says:

    Happy birthday Erin! Mike, you brought tears to my eyes. So sweet, you and Renee are lucky to have such precious little ones!

  2. Pessimistic Redhead says:

    I think it’s so wonderful that you will one day bring your Erin to a boy band concert and (secretly, or not) enjoy it. Happy Birthday, Erin.

  3. Stormy says:

    Happy birthday Erin!

  4. penelope says:

    Happy Birthday Erin!

    You are too cute!

  5. Sara says:

    I can’t believe its been a year already… Erin is lucky to have a father and a brother to show her what a man should be; kind, caring, loving, protective, and willing to get a laugh out of someone getting bopped in the head.

  6. Melissa says:

    I like cake.

    Happy Birthday, Erin!

  7. elizabethews says:

    Time flies! A year old! Happy Birthday, Erin! And happy Daddy’s x 2 day to you!!

  8. Molly says:

    Happy birthday, beautiful girl! You are a gift to your family.

  9. JenBun says:

    Happy Birthday to Erin!

    She is a beautiful girl, Mike, and that was a beautiful tribute to her.

  10. Wow where does the time go? Has it really been a year? Happy Birthday Erin! She is beautiful!!!

  11. heatherdc says:

    aww Happy birthday baby girl!!!

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