To My Firstborn

Dear Rhys,

For the past two and half years, you have been my entire life. There are not enough cliches to describe it: apple of my eye, light of my world, etc.

This year has been hard on all of us with all the transitions we’ve made. But, you have rocked them. You have no idea how much you mean to me or how much  you have helped me this summer. Whenever I have needed cheering up, you have been right there with a cuddle and acting silly. Your two and half year old antics always make me laugh. The cuddles that you more than willingly give are my sweet nectar. I can’t get enough.

There are only three more weeks until you are no longer my only child. It is still hard for me to imagine life with two children.

I know you are going to be a good big brother. You already give little Evelyn kisses on my belly. You know where all her stuff is and you gush with cuteness when I show you her pink clothes and blankets. Rhys, you will be such a good big brother–you are a wonderful share-er already, and love to help me out. When babies or younger toddlers have cried, you have acted concerned and tried to help them feel better.

Sometimes though, I worry about how our relationship will change. Will you feel jealous or ignored? Will I get short and frustrated with you when trying to take care of a newborn? Our relationship will definitely change. But, I do know one thing for sure. My love for you will never diminish. That’s the wonderful thing about love–it always grows. There is always room for more.

As you begin your new life as a big brother, I hope you keep your personality. I hope you adore your little sister and shower her with love and affection. I hope as the two of you grow up, you become a shining example for her to follow. Continue to be a happy, active, life-loving boy with a hunger for knowledge. Continue to show your love for others. Protect Evelyn and be her best friend.

You are my first born. You are my pride and joy. That is why your middle name is Michael–the angelic name of Adam. I love you to the ends of the universe and beyond, Rhys. That will never change.



Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.