When Dan is asked when his birthday is, he usually replies with this:
Remember, remember the 5th of November….
Most of the time people don’t forget his birthday for that reason. Birthdays are a big deal to me, therefore since Dan and I started dating over 10 years ago, birthdays have been a big deal to him. I love to celebrate and enjoy a day, week, or I have been known to even enjoy a whole month from time to time! So today we woke up trying to celebrate in the best way that we knew how.
This morning as I was making Dan a birthday breakfast, he came down a little happy and a little somber. He told me that for clinics today that he was wearing his scrub top from UAB (the one he wore the day Mary Anna was born). It has been in his closet ever since July, and today just felt like a day to celebrate her, so he wore it proud. We shed some tears over coffee and scrambled eggs this morning. It just felt bittersweet.
D told me when he got home today that at lunch our pastor came to eat with him, and he asked him what his favorite birthday thus far was. He quickly answered that today is because it’s his first birthday to be a dad. You see, it’s the hardest birthday so far without our little angel, but it’s the best, because as he said, he has now experienced the greatest joy thus far in this life, and that’s the birth of our baby girl.
Dan the Man,
Happy birthday to the man of my dreams, love of my life, and the daddy to my baby girl. You complete me and make me a better person. I will never forget how you acted the day Mary Anna was born, and what a birthday celebration that we had that day. Today we celebrate you and all that you are and all that you have accomplished. I love you so very much big D. Mary Anna is so proud of her daddy, and she loves you so much. Thank you for loving me and her unconditionally, and teaching us how to keep walking. You are our rock, and we could not ask for a better role model for our family.
We love you so much!