Tuesday, May 09, 2006

To Violet, on Her First Birthday

Dear Violet,

One year ago today you were born. It hardly seems possible, but here it is, your first birthday. Happy Birthday, my sweetheart.

You came into this world on a sunny May morning, eleven days past your due date. Although we had to nudge you along a bit (induce labor), once you realized you were gonna get born (Pitocin), you made sure that your journey into this world was swift and short (3 pushes!) - for which your mama thanks you. Even as a babe in utereo, you were an if-there's-a-job-to-be-done-let's-do-it-right kind of girl. You've always had moxie, kid.

It is amazing how quickly your first year has passed, with you blowing through each stage in your life - infant, baby and now, toddler - with such self-assurance and independence. When you were just 4 months old, you demanded food. Demanded it. Your first solid food was the veggies from mama's turkey pot pie, and you loved it. You never looked back. By the time you hit 5 months, you learned that you could get anywhere you wanted to go by rolling. We'd find you under the coffee table, or cozing up to Zoe, or staring out the sliding glass door. You never could sit still for very long. At age 6 months, not being one for moderation, you learned to sit, stand and cruise. The week you turned 11 months old, you started walking, and in that same week, you started talking, too. All of a sudden, our baby is the littlest big girl on the block. Where did the time go??

I have never known anyone with determination and stregnth of will to match yours, Vi. You never give up on what you want, never. This is a quality that will serve you well in later in life, but right now, is making for epic battles between you and Hazel. Just between you and me? I love it when you stand your ground, and hold fast to whatever toy Hazel is trying to swipe from you, while grunting in protest. I also love it when you succeed at keeping the toy out of Hazel's grasp, and then turn around and hand it to her after she's given up and moved on. You little so-and-so.

Speaking of Hazel, I know it doesn't always seem like it, but she loves you so much, Violet. So much. Sometimes she says she wishes she were bigger so she could carry you around with her, wherever she goes. You are the first person she thinks about when she wakes up in the morning, and you are the first person she kisses when we pick her up at preschool. Hazel studies your bravado -- the way you will let anyone hold you, the way you walk up to kids you don't know at the park, and try to play with them, and she delights in feeding you, because she knows you are game for eating anything, including sand. Hazel has millions of silly nicknames for you: Little Gnocchi, Little Chocolate Chip, Centerpiece, Waterfall and Beast among them. She's learning that life with a baby sister isn't always fun, but that when she is upset, you will be there for her, offering her your favorite toys, even your blanket. She is teaching you how to talk, and take care of your baby dolls, and how to play with sidewalk chalk. You are teaching her how to try new foods, how to open up to people, and how to give.

A year ago, Violet, your Dada and I could not imagine having enough love in our hearts to two girls... it just didn't seem possible. But then you came along, and our hearts simply exploded. We just couldn't get over you, with your faux-hawk and your tiny mouth like a little bow. We still can't get over you, with your wild curls, your huge, toothy grin and your many Violet-isms, including: curling your fingers up and squealing "ticka-ticka-ticka!" (tickle-tickle-tickle!) whenever you see anyone's toes, including your own; calling Hazel's Mardi Gras beads "ooh la laa!"s; and carrying rocks from the driveway around with you and chit-chatting with them in your mooney, yappy way.

You are our joyous baby girl, our little Flower, Miss Violet Olivia. When you joined our family, you completed it, absolutely. My dream of giving my daughter a sister came true because of you, Vi. And what a sister -- what a daughter! -- you are. You amaze us, and we feel blessed to call you ours.

Happy First Birthday, Violet, and many happy returns!

Mama, Dada and Hazel


Blogger shane said...

Happy Birthday, dear little Violet. I love you and sincerely cannot wait til you take your turn at making me feel like the Rock Star Dad of the group, if only for a little while :)

1:19 AM  
Blogger Debbi said...

Happy birthday fellow Taurean. Vi you little dickens. How big you are and how fast you are growing. You and your big sister are melting my heart and I haven't even had the chance to hug you for real yet. But, thanks to cyber space cousin Deedee can send you big hugs all the way from my house to yours. So here are some big hugs and sloppy wet kisses just for you on your birthday!!!! Much love to you and your totally amazing family. Tell your mama she is truly eloquent and I adore the prose she shares with all of us. Without her I would have missed the wonder that is you and Hazel and would have lost touch with your Dada who won my heart a long time ago when he was just a little kid too. Happy Birthday Violet Olivia. Give 'em the dickens, girlie.

6:52 AM  
Blogger me said...

Happy birthday sweet Violet! I can't believe you are one already. It seems like just days ago that I was holding you in the hospital while your mama was noshing on chocolate pudding in the hospital.

We love you very much!

9:38 AM  
Blogger Green said...

That was beautiful. Happy Birthday!

11:51 AM  
Blogger Mistry said...

Ah that was so so so cute. Happy Birthday Violet. Time really flies, I remember seeing her so cute and small and now she is such cute little toddler.

5:21 PM  
Blogger Binky said...

Happy Birthday, Violet! I know you will really love reading what your mom wrote about you when you get older and learn to put the alphabet together. Not everyone has a mom who can write like that!

5:56 PM  
Blogger lesley said...

violet: happy birthday!!!
alisyn: will you adopt me??

i love you guys! best family ever!

3:59 PM  
Blogger Stefania Pomponi Butler aka CityMama said...

Happy Birthday to the little rascal!

this post brought tears to my eyes. (i love a good b-day post...)


4:24 PM  
Blogger Mom101 said...

I'm with citymama - too much emotion! and on mother's day, no less. A very happy bday to Vi. I hope she knows how much she's loved.

1:41 PM  
Blogger Catherine said...

Awww, this was so beautiful!

I was checking out some of Blog Diva's work and stumbled upon yours! I will HAVE to be back to read more... anyone who names their child Violet and appreciates THE GRADUATE and reads Shel Silverstein and The New Yorker Magazine HAS to have plenty of fun and interesting things to say. :)

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