Happy 1st Birthday, Magali Grace

Jun 9, 2020

Family and Home

Dear Magali Grace,

It’s been one year since you greeted us earth-side with your first cry in the operating room. I remember when Dr. Rosengarten lifted you over the curtains at the hospital, I broke down in tears. Going into the OR, I had no idea how I was going to feel and the minute I saw your scrunchy face I felt my heart open up so you can fill it with more love!

I honestly thought having a second baby was going to be a re-do and I get to re-live the first year of motherhood again but boy was I wrong. There is no re-do but instead, I get to witness Aliyana be your guide. You two will forever be connected in the most sacred way. Together, you will conquer mountains and do amazing things.

Magali, you challenged me and gave me a completely new journey with only snippets of familiarity. You remind me daily how fast days are moving, how quickly you change, how adaptive I need to be, how it’s OK to lock myself in the bathroom for a good cry because two kids can be overwhelming and if I don’t stop and take the time to be present with you, the little things I notice will be gone the next week.

You are going to spend most of your life trying to figure out who you are. It took me almost 30 years to discover mine and it wasn’t until I became a mom where it all seem to find its’ place. You are lightning-fast, strong, adaptive, and extremely curious. I don’t doubt that you will become something amazing in this world. Your first year has been a wild one! I wake up some mornings wondering if I’m dreaming. This year has opened up my eyes and heart to a lot of topics that I hope I am able to successfully teach you and your sister. My wish is for you to grow up happy, resilient, and strong with grace in your heart, in a new society that believes in celebrating the beauty of our differences.

Magali Grace, you entering this world has changed me. You are the magic baby that taught me to create the beauty I want to remember as a mother, and because of you, I learn to experience and celebrate motherhood wholeheartedly. Thank you for being my little firecracker. I love you so much and thank you for completing this family!


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