As you contemplate taking your first steps and feel a huge range of emotions in doing so, I'd like you to know that you will feel these feelings over and over in your lifetime. Taking a first step towards anything is hard. You feel curious, stressed, nervous, scared and so many more emotions. It's a very nerve wracking thing to try new things, trust me I know. But as you grow older and begin to have more opportunities to take additional first steps, remember, that just like when you took your first walking steps, Mom and Dad will always be there for you. We will continue to hold your hand and give you the strength and the encouragement to take those first steps and venture into your future. We will do our best to prep you for those steps, just like we helped you to crawl and stand, but sometimes you may know what you need better than we will. We may try to push you too quickly into something that you're just not ready for, but just let us know. Tell us how you feel and share your feelings with us. We can be patient with you. We can do things on your time. We love you and we only want the best for you.
Please don't forget that you can rely on your Mom and Dad for anything at anytime. And remember that you can do great things! You can do absolutely anything that you want to do, and probably more. Just please, don't grow up too fast.
Love, Your Mom