My Dear Miranda Iris

It was over a year ago when I first found out about you. Back then, I wasn’t sure how I felt about you. More than anything, I was scared. Afraid that things would never be the same once you came into our lives.

But I knew that those changes would somehow be for the better. I didn’t know you yet, but I already knew I loved you.

When I first met you I was scared. Afraid that you were still too fragile to handle. You cried and cried until you felt comfortable, until you could feel the warmth of your mommy’s skin, until you could hear her heart beat. I knew from then on that you would be my favorite person.

Everyone looks at you with so much love, and I can’t blame them. You have brought so much joy into our lives that I cannot even remember why I was so terrified about having to welcome you into our family.

You’ve shown us how one person can change another completely. Your dad, the one who has been taking care of us all this time, is now responsible for you. And I know in my heart that he is his best version of himself because of you.

I wish for the same things for you, Mira. The same ones I wrote down on that card when you were still in your mommy’s tummy.

I pray that the world you grow up in is kind to you. I pray that nothing in this world will ever hurt you.

I hope that you will always be curious. Always look at the things around you with bright eyes and wonder.

I hope you always remember to laugh and be silly.

I hope you always find a reason to smile.

I hope you’re never afraid, and that you’ll always have the courage to take risks.

I hope you always remember that you are loved.

I can’t believe you turn one in a few days. Please don’t grow up too fast. Ninang loves you very, very much.

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