My dear sweet Lilly Babe,
I've just gotten you into your jammies, given you a long goodnight kiss, breathed in your sweet baby hair and handed you off to your daddy for your bedtime bottle. Tonight Daddy and I are sharing a room with you at Grandma and Grandpa's. At 5:00 tomorrow morning he and I will wake up, pack our bags and leave you for an entire week.
My kiss goodnight was bittersweet, baby girl. Your dad and I are very excited to be spending a week in Jamaica, somewhere he and I went two years ago when we decided we would start trying for a baby within the next year. We figured it would be our last big trip before YOU! We had so much fun and have laughed, ooh'ed and ahh'ed over the memories of that trip ever since we returned home.
So much has changed in two years! The most important and life changing of them all, of course, is having you, Lilly pie. While I would love to make this vacation a trip for all three of us, I know how very important it is for Mommy and Daddy to do this for "us". You are our world. And in order to be the very best parents to you, we have to be the very best husband and wife to each other. That means doing special things that help us focus on who we are as a couple.
We will be celebrating our fifth year of marriage (a week early) while we're away. Five years ago, we had no idea what was in store for us this year. God has blessed us with a chubby-cheeked, toothy, smiley, bouncing bundle of a beautiful baby girl who will turn 7 months old while we are gone. Although we have had some struggles as parents, you are worth it, darling. You have taught us more about life, love and loss than I could have expected.
So enjoy your time with Grandma and Grandpa. They love you very much, sweet pea. Giggle your heart out, suck your toes til you're blue in the face, and nuzzle deep into Grandma's neck when you need that extra snuggle. She has all the snuggles in the world ready for you.
We will miss you very much. When I kiss you goodbye while you sleep in the morning, dream on and know that even though we are far apart you will be with us in our hearts every second of the day.