I can’t believe it’s been a year. People say it goes fast, but I had no concept of how fast it really it goes. Within one short year, you’ve gone from a tiny little creature that fit in two hands and couldn’t focus past your nose to an active, babbling, giggly little girl with a broad range of emotions, actions and expressions. Every day, every moment, every second, you bring joy into my life. Listening to you laugh makes me feel like I can conquer the world, and watching you persist to learn something new gives me new incentive and determination in my own endeavors. You make me want to be better, do better, make a difference. All this before you can walk or talk. Just think of what you’ll be capable of next year! I am determined not to be one of those parents that thinks their kid can do no wrong. But for this one moment, I want you to know that you are everything I could have ever wanted and more than I could ever have conceived. Thank you, pumpkin. I love you. And happy first birthday.