Tomorrow a whole new chapter in your life begins. Somehow the sweet, tiny little baby we brought home who turned into a shy, quiet toddler has become a confident, smart, kind and funny big kid who can't wait to start kindergarden.
Every time someone has asked you if you're excited you've answered, "A little bit. And a little bit not." There's still some of the cautious girl there. But you have also told me that on the first day you're just going to look around, find someone nice and they will be your first friend. And that's the new confidence that you've found. I hope you'll be able to hang on to both.
I hope that you will have fun, and explore and make friends. I hope that you will ask lots of questions and soak up as much as you can. I hope you will listen to your teacher and be polite. I hope that you will always be as sweet and loving and generous as you are now - that getting bigger and being out in the world doesn't change that. I hope that if you see someone who needs a hug, you will offer it to them. And I hope you will always know how much we love you, and how much our time together has meant to me.
Because I am so thankful for the privilege of spending the past five and a half years with you. For getting to have dance parties and dress up days and afternoons at the pool. For all the morning snuggles and mid-morning snacks and the millions of stories we've read. For getting to watch you become Rory's best friend and hero.
I will miss having all of that every day. I will miss our quiet afternoons while Rory sleeps. I will miss the constant barrage of your chatter, your questions, your artwork and your love notes. It's hard for me to let you take this next step into the big, wide world all by yourself. But I know you're ready. I know that this is going to be a wonderful, exciting, amazing year for you.
When I tucked you into bed tonight, I told you to remember these three things...
School should be fun. Always look for the fun, even if you can't see it at first.
Sometimes things are tricky, and they might take awhile to learn. But if you keep trying, and you work hard, you can do anything. (Just like how you taught yourself to swim this summer.)
You will make lots of friends. But always remember to be kind to everyone, not just the people you are already friends with. That's the best, most important thing you can do.
Lily Sophia, my big girl, you are sweet and smart and funny and amazing. Everyone is going to love you. And at the end of every day, Mommy and Daddy and Rory will be waiting for you. And we will be proud of you, always. Good luck, little one.