I wrote letters to each of my children when I brought them home from the hospital. Since it says so much about getting to know her and our first few weeks together, I'm sharing my letter to Bridget:
You are one month old today, and we are preparing to leave Children’s Hospital tomorrow. We are all so excited!
You arrived early and needed surgery, so we have not been able to bring you home yet. We have everything ready, though, and will be so happy when our family is finally all together. You were part of the group long before you were born—and it’s been hard not having you at home…you belong with us.
You amaze me. For such a tiny thing, you have already shown us so much about who you are. Your strong will and determination, strength of spirit and sweet disposition have touched us all.
You've made it through a lot already and have shown that you will meet a challenge head-on and give everything you have to achieve a goal. You give--effort and love--freely.
You and mommy have been quite a team these past few weeks at the hospital. Someday, I'll tell you all about how hard we worked together on getting you to eat by mouth.
You are leading the charge. I am just translating, and believing in you. Together, we are already beating the odds.
I can't begin to describe how much you mean to me. I can tell you that I could not love you more than I do--and that I could not be more certain that you were meant especially for our family. I feel so lucky to be part of your life.
Sweet, sweet girl, you make me smile. I promise to always take care of you, love you and enjoy you. I'll match your strength and determination and will love learning and growing right along with you.
I can't wait to learn all about you. I wonder what will interest you, what you'll find funny, and what will make you happy. I look forward to all the beautiful surprises that lie ahead.
I'll love you forever and ever,