To my littlest gremlin.
I cannot believe you are 5 YEARS OLD today. You were dying to be 5, as are one of the youngest in your year. You will always be catching up.
My first born; the little one who made me a Mummy. You are growing up so much and it makes me so proud (and drives me so crazy watching you do so). You are the one who taught me how to be a Mummy, what to do, my little guinea pig. I learnt to be less selfish, to cope on so much less sleep, to give up my boobs and body for a while, to learn life will never be the same again and all I ever need to know about Peppa Pig.
It was exhausting, scary, amazing, exhilarating and one of the hardest and best times of my life.
I still remember back to your Dad placing you in my arms when you were born; a purple coloured, crying little thing. I want to say I loved you instantly but that wouldn’t be true, as it definitely took me time to bond and get to know you.
So much has changed in the last year! You are so tall and lean, have grown so much and finished a whole year in reception which makes me so proud. You have learnt to read and write and grown in confidence, making lots of new friends.
The conversations we have are so funny and can be so serious. Typically you have a fascination with death, religion and all questions I have to rack my brains to think of how to answer. You are fickle, ridiculous and such good fun to be around. You and little Piglet are starting to become the best of mates, playing together and having fun but you don’t half love to wind her up. It’s hard for me to get mad, as I know I was exactly the same with my brother. I love watching you play (and love that your Dad and I can talk for 5 minutes in the kitchen with a cuppa when you disappear!)
You never flipping listen. It is like talking to the wall but I’m figuring this is normal for a now 5 year old. I guess there are so many other things to do instead of get your shoes on, or clean your teeth!! Your room is a tip and I’m seeing signs of what is to come, so think will have to sort that one out before the teenage years!
Nothing makes you happier than your imaginary games, your blind bags (!), your dollies, chocolate, cake and ice-cream! It’s the simplest things and I hope it stays that way for a while.
We have started having more Mummy-daughter days and they are lovely. Trips to the cinema, out for lunch, playing, games, walking and talking. I love the time we get just you and me, as you are always so funny and such good company.
I can’t believe you have been in my life for half a decade. This just amazes me. They say it flies but looking back to when you were born, it feels like a lifetime ago and I don’t remember life before you really.
Love you gremlin and I hope you have a lovely birthday and party!!