July 23, 2007


Dearest Mia Bean,

Yesterday you turned two. Two whole years that seemed to fly faster than I ever thought possible.

Two years ago, I was in the operating room of the hospital in which you were born. I was worried - worried about your mother going through surgery, worried about passing out, worried what kind of father I was going to be, worried how I'd take care of you when I can't even seem to take care of myself sometimes. When the nurse handed you to me, bundled up in blankets, all those worries disappeared. My only thoughts were about you, our brand new little Amelia.

Yesterday we had a party for you. You wanted rainbows because you love rainbows so we did rainbows. It looked like a gay pride parade stopped and threw up in our living room. It was stupendous. You descended the stairs in the morning and, literally, the first thing you said was "wow". We ate pizza and birthday cake. We unwrapped your presents - a tricycle, a wagon, a doll, a dollhouse and, because your mother and father really and truly lost their minds, a drum - and played with them all afternoon. You were so excited you could barely go to sleep. But you did.

Your birthday is far more exciting than my own. These birthdays you're having? I've lived through those years and now I can watch you live them as well. And nothing brings me greater joy. Two years ago, you couldn't hold your own head up. Yesterday you counted to ten on your very own (okay, so, I had to help with "six" but the rest was all you). You are a little person with little wants and needs and desires and quirks and neuroses and a sense of humor that never fails to crack me up. I love that. I love that we can stare at each other over the dinner table and just crack up for no obvious reason. I love that you make me hide from you and show me exactly where I should do my hiding. I love that, when you see me across a room, you charge towards me at full speed, spread your arms, and hug me once you reach me. I love that, and you, more than you could ever imagine.

And see, that's my great secret as a parent - I love you with more feeling and more passion that you could ever fathom. One day when you grow up and have kids of your own, you'll probably understand. But don't grow up too fast, okay?

You are the best thing I have ever done with my life (of course, marrying your mom was a pretty great deal too). And I love you, my little Bean.


Posted by Chris at July 23, 2007 7:09 AM

Happy Birthday, little girl. I love the rainbow theme; we would have felt right at home.

Enjoy being two! It's a great time to be a kid.. and a dad.

Posted by: Hygiene Dad at July 23, 2007 7:50 AM

How beautiful she is.

Happy Birthday to your Miabean.

Posted by: at July 23, 2007 7:57 AM

Happy Birthday, Mia! You're a lucky little girl!

Yesterday my youngest turned 4 (and last Friday the oldest turned 6). You are so right. Their birthdays are so much better than my own!

Now, I need you to tell me how you edit your photos to make them look all soft like that. Please?

Posted by: Alissa at July 23, 2007 8:01 AM

Happy birthday, Mia!

Posted by: Maria at July 23, 2007 8:10 AM

oh my goodness, i could throw up from the absolute cuteness of that ladybug ensemble. happy birthday mia!

Posted by: denise at July 23, 2007 8:11 AM

Happy Birthday Mia and congrats to your parents.

Posted by: William at July 23, 2007 8:17 AM

One word, Chris: BEAUTIFUL!

Posted by: Maribeth at July 23, 2007 8:32 AM

Congratulations, Mia! Speaking as the mother of a couple of two-year-olds, I can say with authority that two is awesome. You're going to have a great year.

Posted by: Kelly at July 23, 2007 8:35 AM

Aww, I love the little rain outfit! Happy Birthday, Mia Bean.

Posted by: Fraulein N at July 23, 2007 8:47 AM

Lovely. Happy B-day little Mia.

Posted by: jodi at July 23, 2007 8:51 AM

Nice words, Dad. Declan and I are having a rough week and now I am all ready to go try harder again. Thanks.

Happy birthday Mia! (LOVE the ribbons in your hair).

Posted by: aimee/greeblemonkey at July 23, 2007 9:15 AM

Happy Birthday Mia! Enjoy being two!

Posted by: Janice at July 23, 2007 9:36 AM

Miss Mia,

You don't know me yet, but I hope we get to meet soon when I come to DC this summer. I always remember your birthday for two important reasons: 1) it's my grandfather's birthday, and if that's any indication of the person you're going to be, I think the world is better for having you than it will ever know and 2) today is the two-year anniversary of the Boy's and my wedding.

Watching you grow during this time has been a reminder of how fast time goes and how much can happen in a period of time we think is so short. All the wonderful, funny things you've done, and all the small and large heartaches that have happened to us and your parents in the last two years have been so different because of those two days in 2005. You are a charming, beautiful, funny girl and I am so happy your mommy and daddy let us watch you grow up.

If only your daddy would do more audioblogs with you.

(Sorry, Chris, couldn't resist.)

Here's to a lovely rainbow Birthday.


Posted by: alektra at July 23, 2007 9:39 AM

Happy Birthday, Mia!

Two is so exciting.

Posted by: Jenn at July 23, 2007 10:06 AM

Awww, happy birthday to Mia!

Posted by: Traci at July 23, 2007 10:18 AM

Happy Birthday Mia! What a lucky girl you are to have such loving and fun parents.

Posted by: Krush at July 23, 2007 10:24 AM

what a beautiful post. and those pics, just delicious! Happy Birthday little Mia!! I love hte ladybug umbrella and boots. so cute!

Posted by: madmom at July 23, 2007 11:05 AM


She's grown up before OUR eyes and I had to think--is she two already? Well she shares the birthday with my fiance and he's pretty awesome and amazing too--must be a thing about that day in history.

Guess what, Mia is only going to get better and someday you'll be driving away after dropping her off at 4th grade and you'll cry because my GOD wasn't he I mean she just yesterday?!

Posted by: Michele at July 23, 2007 11:32 AM

you guys really are the cutest family ever. happy birthday Mia!

Posted by: ali at July 23, 2007 11:46 AM

A drum?! Well, you KNOW I'm all over that. Dang, Chris, this might be one of the all-time BEST Daddy posts anywhere EVER. Beautiful. As is your Mia. Happy 2nd, Mia!

Posted by: Marilyn at July 23, 2007 12:11 PM

Happy Birthday to the Bean! She just gets more adorable every pix!!!


Posted by: 2faced at July 23, 2007 12:31 PM

What a heartwarming post. Happy 2nd birthday, Mia!

Posted by: Lisa at July 23, 2007 1:08 PM

That is so painfully cute. I can't look straight at the pictures! The cuteness burns!

Posted by: Leah at July 23, 2007 2:10 PM

My god... 2 already.

It's been so fun, watching her grow from a baby into a little girl. She's just stunning.

Happy Birthday, Miss Mia!

Posted by: Emily at July 23, 2007 2:23 PM

Excellent post. Happy Birthday Mia Bean!

Do you know what I said to Hoop the other day after showing him some pictures on your site?

"We have to have kids this cute, OK?"
"I mean it."
"Sure thing babe. I'll work on that."

Posted by: Tink at July 23, 2007 4:14 PM

Happy Birthday, Mia! I can't believe she's two already.

That lady bug umbrella, raincoat and boots combo may be one of the cutest things I've ever seen.

Posted by: bad penguin at July 23, 2007 4:37 PM


That was really wonderful, Chris.

Posted by: iheartnewyork at July 23, 2007 5:01 PM

Happy Birthday, Sweet Girl! Do you know how lucky you are to have parents who love you as much as yours do?

Posted by: wordgirl at July 23, 2007 6:05 PM

she's beautiful!

Funny how at once it seems like we were bringing The Boy home from the hospital last week, (he's 6 -- and a half he'll point out) but we can't remember what we did or what we talked about before we had him. :)

Posted by: Nat at July 23, 2007 6:23 PM

How sweet! And now? Your beautiful daughter has entered the "Terrible Twos" -- let's hope she's on the lighter side of that! Also? Can we clone Mia and send one of her clones my way? Because I totally think she is precious, and I don't even pretend to know half of her little being.

BTW, the fact that the gay pride parade stopped and threw up in your living room? It made me nearly spray my monitor with Diet Snapple Lemon Iced Tea due to the laughter!

Yet again, thanks for sharing!!!

Posted by: ironic1 at July 23, 2007 6:23 PM

she's beautiful!

Funny how at once it seems like we were bringing The Boy home from the hospital last week, (he's 6 -- and a half he'll point out) but we can't remember what we did or what we talked about before we had him. :)

Posted by: Nat at July 23, 2007 6:23 PM

Anybody have a tissue to spare?

Lovely, just lovely. Happy birthday to Mia Bean.

Posted by: Phoenix at July 23, 2007 7:32 PM

Happy Birthday Mia Mia Mia!!!

What? No Rainbow Brite doll?

Love the rain slicker and boots -- very chic!

Posted by: coolchick at July 23, 2007 9:34 PM

I'm a blubbering mess over here. Happy Birthday sweet girl. Beautiful post Chris. Beautiful.

Posted by: samantha jo campen at July 23, 2007 10:14 PM

I'm a blubbering mess over here. Happy Birthday sweet girl. Beautiful post Chris. Beautiful.

Posted by: samantha jo campen at July 23, 2007 10:14 PM

Wow! Two. I remember reading about her being born. Seems like it couldn't have been two whole years ago. Time sure does fly.

Posted by: Janet at July 24, 2007 2:43 AM

That's so cute! She's so lucky to have such an awesome dad! :)

Posted by: sunchaser at July 24, 2007 10:39 AM

I'm late for the test - congrats!
Love the hat...

You are such a good dad. It is refreshing to see dads that can love like that and be open enough to express it. Wish there were lots more like you. Mia is a very lucky little girl... Happy Birthday (late) to Mia... and to you, too, Dad. You did good.

Posted by: sue at July 24, 2007 1:38 PM

Happy (late) Birthday, Mia!

Posted by: Stephanie at July 24, 2007 11:10 PM

Happy birthday to Mia! :)

Posted by: Zandria at July 24, 2007 11:15 PM

Happy birthday Mia!!!!!!!

Beautiful post Chris, you're a great dad!!

Posted by: Nadine at July 25, 2007 2:49 AM

Happy belated Mia!
She is so darn adorable. I just love that age and cannot wait for mine to turn two. These sleepless nights are so overrated.

Posted by: Mary at July 27, 2007 2:53 AM