Gem-gem-jareee! How is it possible that you were born a year ago today? We waited anxiously for you back then…and waited…and waited…and when finally you arrived, well after your “due date,” we saw you were worth it!
Right away you drew us in with your tiny, delicate features and little halo of fine, wispy red hair. What a good-natured and joyful little girl you have been. Weren’t you just a newborn yesterday? Didn’t you just start holding your head up during tummy-time? Didn’t I only recently get thrilled to watch you sitting up to play with no support? It was only moments ago, wasn’t it, that you started climbing my stairs and making me lose my breath!? My main and most-treasured memory of you this past year is the ready smile and twinkling eyes I have enjoyed every single time I have seen you. You’re a smile bringer, Gemma May!
Recently, though, just after you first became mobile as a speed-crawler and have now started toddling on those two tiny feet, oh the little girl I see emerging!!! Wowzer! I see ornery behind those clear blue eyes. I see a little trickster getting ready to delight us all with her antics. You are strong and sassy, you are easily pleased and opinionated under that thickening garland of red.
Every new tooth (with that happy, wide-open smile) brings a few new words and makes the joy bells of my heart ring madly!
My favorite Gemma game is kiss-kiss. And sweet baby girl, you have let me smother your cheeks with kisses, snuggling close and graced me with thousands of your sugar-sweet pecks over the past year. I am looking to a lifetime more. I hope we’ll always get to be partners in crime and that you’ll let me tag along on your mischievious adventures to come!
I love you, baby girl…Nonna
NOTE TO SELF: Put everything waaaay up high again, as a new little Kelley kid can reach everything!