A Letter to My Two-Year Old

Tomorrow, my little lady will be TWO.
Happiest birthday to my sweet, sassy & beautiful baby girl.
Photo Credit:  N.A. Barrett Photography
Waverly Maye,
It really doesn’t feel like an entire year ago that I wrote to you for your first birthday, but alas, here we are.  And now, you are TWO.  It’s definitely a mix of emotions for me.  Since the day you were born you have made life so full that truly, days fly by & it’s hard to grasp how quickly you are actually growing.  There have been so moments this year that I have wanted to stop time just as you are, I never want to forget how amazing this past year has been.
I often think about how many lives you have changed.  You are so loved, by many special people, & one of (the many) things I love about being your mama is watching you light up the faces of so many.  You made my parents grandparents for the first time, are the first niece for my brothers & sister, & get to spend at least one day a week with your great-grandparents.  On your daddy’s side of our family, you had made the best addition to a growing group of cousins, grandparents, aunts & uncles.  They all obviously adore you, just as much as you love them, & it makes my heart so very happy to get to watch it all happen.
And our little family of three.  Words can’t describe how much your daddy & I love you, how happy you have made us, & how you have forever changed us both.  Your happiness is so contagious & somehow, you find a way to make each day brighter than the last.  You amaze us & make us so proud, we constantly talk about you & are both addicted to your vibrant, crazy personality.

I could go on & on about the many things that I love that you do, things I know you won’t do forever but oh, that I wish you would.  The way you laugh so hard that you can see it in your entire body, that you squeeze our noses to get us to say “beep”, & that you “call” your friends & say “what’s up?” throughout the day. You are so very friendly, you say “hi” to every person who walks by us at the store & wave so fiercely to every single car that drives down our street.  You love your babies so much, you kiss them, hug them, & talk to them all day long, it shows your sweet, nurturing side that I know will stay with you forever.  Your vocabulary is insane, we can’t believe how much you understand & the only thing that amazes us more than that is how athletic you are.  You can almost run faster than me already (& try to often) & I’m thinking you already swim better than me, too.  There really isn’t a day that goes by that someone doesn’t stop me & ask how old you are, you are coordinated well beyond your years which keeps me on my toes all of the time. Along with that, you are brave, determined & very, very sassy.  You may be a little thing, but you are so incredibly fierce & while it makes for many trying moments, it really is one of the many things we adore about you.  We know it will make you one strong, extremely successful woman one day.

Waverly, there is nothing more important to me in this world than you.  I love you so much it hurts, & though we definitely have emotional days that challenge me more than I have ever been challenged before, I have never loved my life more than I do now that you are in it.  I am so excited to continue to watch you grow, each day you continue to teach me about what truly matters & make me a better person.
I am forever thankful to be your mama.  HAPPY, happy TWO baby girl.

And to all of you, thank you for your sweet, supportive early birthday wishes this week!  We are so thankful that you are a part of this journey with our family.  If you don’t already, follow along with me on Instagram (ashleywbrickner), to keep up with the birthday fun!


  1. July 25, 2014 / 1:55 pm

    This letter made me tear up! It's really amazing to have such an intense and overflowing love for a daughter and what a wonderful way to document these feelings! 🙂 Happy 2nd birthday Waverly! 🙂


  2. July 25, 2014 / 1:56 pm

    Happy Birthday Waverly! Such a sweet and beautiful note to your babe, mama!! Hope you all have the greatest time celebrating your little lady this weekend 🙂

    XO Kelly

  3. July 25, 2014 / 2:15 pm

    So beautiful! Happy birthday to your sweet two year old! 🙂

  4. July 25, 2014 / 2:49 pm

    Such a beautiful love letter to your darling little girl. We hope you have such a wonderful birthday party this weekend celebrating your special girl! Maddie wishes she could be there too!!!!! Happy Birthday Waverly xx

  5. July 25, 2014 / 2:52 pm

    You are such a sweet mama! Happy happy birthday to Waverly Maye!! Hope you all have a great birthday weekend!

  6. July 25, 2014 / 3:17 pm

    Look at her! Could she get any cuter? This is such a lovely letter. She'll apprecaite this someday, and probably shed a lot of tears at how special her mama made her feel 🙂

    Happy Friday! 🙂

  7. July 25, 2014 / 3:35 pm

    Oh, what a sweet letter! She will love reading this one day when she is older. Isn't is amazing how much our hearts grow when there is a little one? I never knew it was possible to love someone so much. I hope you all have the perfect day celebrating two years of little Miss Waverly!! Happy Birthday Waverly 🙂

  8. July 25, 2014 / 6:30 pm

    THAT PICTURE. i mean really. . . . ITS HANDS DOWN GORGEOUS. i die. happy birthday sweet waverly mae!!

  9. July 25, 2014 / 6:54 pm

    so sweet..Happy Happy Birthday. May your second year be better than the first, which I know it will be! Have fun at your party tomorrow! Can't wait to see the details!

  10. July 25, 2014 / 7:01 pm

    Happiest of birthdays to one sweet baby girl!!! 🙂

  11. July 25, 2014 / 7:13 pm

    so beautiful. happy birthday to that beauty of yours!

  12. July 25, 2014 / 7:36 pm

    Oh my goodness! What a beautiful post! Your fierce love for your baby girl just shines through in everything you share. Wishing Waverly a wonderful birthday!

  13. July 26, 2014 / 12:34 am

    so sweet…. hope she has a truly amazing birthday and a wonderful healthy, happy year ahead. Have fun tomorrow.

  14. July 26, 2014 / 2:13 am

    Aww what a sweet letter to an even sweeter girl! Have the best time tomorrow and the happiest birthday to Waverly Maye! xoxo

  15. July 26, 2014 / 3:10 am

    TWO?!!! Our babies aren't babies anymore! Happiest of birthdays, sweet Waverly Maye! We love watching you grow!

  16. July 26, 2014 / 4:09 am

    Isn't it so hard to believe they are TWO??? I still feel like I was at the hospital yesterday having Mason. The days go by too fast!
    And I wanted to tell you, where you say this "Waverly, there is nothing more important to me in this world than you. I love you so much it hurts, & though we definitely have emotional days that challenge me more than I have ever been challenged before, I have never loved my life more than I do now that you are in it." I feel like you read my brain and took the words out. Never were truer words spoken. It's EXACTLY how I feel about Mason! Happy birthday Waverly! xoxo

  17. July 26, 2014 / 1:55 pm

    Happy Birthday sweet Waverly!! For me birthdays are emotional because it's another year that has come and gone. I hope she has a fabulous birthday!!

  18. July 28, 2014 / 12:55 pm

    This is so fabulous! You are know how to tug on heart-strings- Tell her a big ole' happy belated for me and I cannot wait to see pictures!!! xoxo

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