Wow. Five. That’s a big one. I can hardly believe it. You have grown into such an amazing little girl. You are smart, responsible, a caring big sister. You can be bossy, but only to younger kids. You’re shy around strangers, but you’re getting better. You are in no way shy at home. At home, you are loud, exuberant, and always on the go.
You are my sensitive one. You don’t like to be reprimanded. It makes your whole face crumple with sadness and you run to your room and bury yourself in your bed. I think you’re preparing us for your teen years. Luckily, you rarely need a reprimand.
You like dolls, Barbies, and Disney Princesses. You like to play in sand. You love the water and swimming. You like playing basketball. You are a girly girl, through no fault of mine. You like clothes and shoes. You like to brush your hair and put it in ponytails or knot it up trying to braid it.
Five years ago today you made me a mother. From that first day, you have taught me so much. I learned how to put a diaper on to avoid a blowout. I learned to keep the diaper up to block any pee when the cold air hit you so you didn’t pee in my face. We learned how to breastfeed together. Thank you for being a good eater and making it as easy as possible for me.
You taught me to bounce you on a ball to stop you from crying. Late at night, when Daddy was late at work, and I thought it too dangerous to take my screaming baby for a walk, you taught me that our stroller can make it through all the doors in our house.
You taught me how to feed a baby solid foods, how to wean, how to potty train. You taught me how to kiss a boo boo and that a band-aid makes everything better. You taught me how to trust that you could climb up a slide by yourself, even though I held my breath the first couple times.
We’ve been through first teeth, first steps, first birthdays, and first days of school. We’re coming up on our first graduation in a couple weeks and first day of kindergarten in September. (We’re really trying to find you a good school. Really.)
But the biggest thing you’ve taught me is true, unconditional love. I could never imagine how much my heart would swell the first time I held you. I thought it might explode growing so much. And I could never imagine there would be room for it to grow more and more as the days and years go by.
I am awed watching the tiny baby I first held five years ago grow into the amazing little girl you are today. I am so proud to be your mommy. I can’t wait to see who you become in next five years.
Happy Birthday, my big girl,