For all of its daily joys, the biggest knock on parenthood is the suddenly-crystal-clear lens through which you begin to finally grasp the relentless speed at which life is passing.

One need look no further than her own child to witness in physical form that breakneck pace, and then will it to slow down… beg for it to… just a bit.

How fast a year goes by.

My sweet surprise child, you are my currently-breaking heart’s biggest joy.

Stay curious, stay smart and please please please—always let me hold you, my last baby.