You’re here! It seems like your Papa and I have been waiting for you forever. Even before we knew you were coming, we dreamed about you. We wanted to know who you would look like, what you would like and what you wouldn’t, how you would grow up…and we knew that we would cherish you, but we didn’t know just how much!
You have been here for just a week today, and you already have us wrapped completely around your tiny little finger. We are hopelessly smitten with you, and could sit and stare at your perfect little self forever.
You have so much personality. Last week I stayed with your momma and daddy to help them get used to this whole parenting thing, and you and I got to know each other pretty well! On Wednesday night we stayed up and talked all night. Well, you talked. I got a little blurry somewhere around 3 am. It’s good to know that you can pull an all-nighter though–it keeps your parents on their toes!
See all of these people here? They are your momma’s family. We are just missing a couple of people, which is pretty good, when you look at how many of us we have!
And these people? They are your daddy’s family! There is so much love for you and your momma and daddy in these two pictures!
That’s so many people, isn’t it! These are the people who will teach you about the world. They love you so much…and even when things get crazy they are still your best people!
Your Papa and I want so much for you, Little Girl. We want you to love Jesus, and we know that your momma and daddy are going to teach you how much He loves you from the very beginning. We want you to be strong and brave and soft and sweet…that’s a tall order, isn’t it!
There is so much good in the world, even when it’s hard to see. Be part of that good. Grow up and chase your dreams. Our world is changing so fast that I can’t even imagine what it will look like when you are all grown up, but I know that as long as you keep your eyes on Jesus and remember that your family loves you so much, you’ll do fine.
You have your daddy’s long fingers and toes, and you’re going to be tall like he is, I think. He loves you so much–some daddies are a little bit afraid of tiny babies, but your daddy is right in there from the beginning. He loves to snuggle you and talk to you…and rumor has it he’s already teaching you the finer points of “Star Wars” on the XBox!
You’ve got your momma’s double chin (on a good day you can find a third one in there!). It’s a Maloy thing, and if you look really closely at that picture up there you will see that your double chin means you are a true Maloy! You’ve got your momma’s little tiny mouth too…but don’t you worry–she’s going to teach you how to make sure you’re heard anyway!
Your momma and daddy love you so much, and just as importantly, they love each other so much. They are going to love teaching you about the world. Your daddy plays the guitar–as soon as your little fingers get just a bit longer I’ll bet he’s teaching you too! And your momma? She loves to laugh and she has the greatest sense of humor. She’s going to help you find the funny in the world very soon!
You have a big brother too. He’s a little furry, and a little crazy…but as you can see, he’s already watching over you just like a bit brother is supposed to!
Princesa, we love you so very much. We are so blessed to be your Mamaw and Papa. There are great things in store for you, and we are going to love being a part of watching you grow up!