Yesterday there was a party for you (though I'm fairly certain you couldn't be bothered to notice). Your party was attended by women who have known and supported me since I was your age and was hosted by two women who will be in your life until you are my age and beyond. To say that I am grateful for these women would be the understatement of the century. Lady Baby, there are a lot of pressures associated with being the gender that nature selected for you. I am proud and humbled that you will be born into a circle of women who I believe will teach you how to navigate those pressures. I hope you will see them as your role models, as people who love you and- most importantly- as good, genuine, compassionate and interesting people. As you move through your life you will create your own circle. Perhaps the most important lesson that I can teach you is to value the people in your circle. Cherish them, love them and always make time for them. There will be times when your world may seem to be falling apart around you- I can't protect you from that- but so long as you have your circle, you will always find a way to make it through.
Dad "practicing" carrying you around
Pretties from your party.