To Our Sweet Emmy Girl,
365 days ago, our family was made complete. We welcomed a daughter and Ry-Ry gained a sister. Truth be told, the first three months of your life were anything but blissful and easy. During my pregnancy with you, I always joked that I had a feeling that you would enter the world on your own terms and you did just that…laughing at the fact that we had recently scheduled a c-section date, you decided that you were ready to join us just over a couple weeks early.
My water broke and Daddy and I immediately gathered our belongings. I had everything for my hospital bag laid out but had yet to actually pack so that needed to be done. Mimi came to stay with Ryan and off we went. It was October 10th, 2017. Once Dr. Pleasant arrived, he told us that he was going to try and deliver you right at 10:10am so that you would be born at 10:10 on 10/10. Little did he realize that you had your own plans…again. During your delivery, Dr. P. tried and tried to pull you out. He worked so hard, in fact, that he called another doctor in so that he could rest his muscles for a minute. Well, little girl, you finally came out…pulled out FEET FIRST and with a fractured clavicle. Let me assure you, that clavicle issue made little impact on you and it was then that we realized just how much strength you possessed.
You took almost a minute to cry but when you did, so did we. You were here. You were beautiful. You were amazing.
The next three months of your life involved two emergency trips to the NICU, tons of screaming and many tears due to horrible reflux. Our love for you was overwhelming. All-consuming and overwhelming. We couldn’t wait for you to begin feeling better. It hurt our hearts to see you in so much pain.
Right around the three month mark, the reflux subsided and it allowed your personality to begin to emerge. You smiled and cooed all the time and became one of the easiest and happiest babies. As the months passed, it became evident that you possessed some sort of special energy. Any time that we go in public, people can’t help but be drawn to you and your infectious smile. It’s pretty incredible to witness.
You are sweet, energetic, smiley, full of life, strong-willed and stubborn. 99% of the time you are content and easy but that other 1%…watch out. You know what you want and certainly aren’t afraid to do what it takes to get your way. You light up when your brother walks in the room and he absolutely adores you as well. Every morning, the second that he hears that you are awake, he asks, “Can we please go get her?” It brings tears to my eyes just thinking about the love that you two possess for each other.
Thank you for making our family complete. We are so honored to be your Mommy and Daddy.
We love you,
Mommy & Daddy