My lovely Lola Mae,
Happy Birthday!! Today, you are three.
How can it be that you are three?! I can hardly believe it. Very soon you will be a big kindy girl – I am excited for you – as I know how much you are looking forward to it, but also a little sad that we will no longer have our mornings together. I guess I’m going to have to get used to these bittersweet moments as you grow.
My sweet girl, what a year it has been! Reading your last birthday letter – I can see so many things are the same, but also notice small differences in the way you are growing.
This past year, you have been a little shy, a little more self aware. But when someone gains your trust, you shower them with love and affection. And there are moments when you forget that you are shy – and that heart on your sleeve is there for all to see and delight in. Your laughter is still infectious. You are still a wriggly worm and it is only when you sleep that you are still.
Oh the things that you love – your favourite colour – orange (a coincidence that it is also the favourite colour of your beloved Papa?!) Your favourite foods – sushi, peanut butter and milk. You still love to sing, and I love your shy, proud smile when you finish a song for me. You have become a bit of a puzzle wizard just like your big sister, and also love painting, dancing, building blocks and playing with your dolls.
You really are a home body – you love the idea of adventuring, but I see you at your most content and relaxed when we are at home just pottering about.
You ask approximately 100 questions every hour. Sometimes the same question several times in a row. It is lovely to see you fascinated with the way things work – the reasons why things are the way they are – and I am often amazed at your observations.
I have loved watching your relationship with your sisters develop this year. You are beginning to show some real big sister qualities with Belle (both the good and the bad!!) and she just adores being around you. It is really fun to see the two of you play. Your friendship with Ava is delightful. All those sister secrets and in-jokes – sometimes you two are laughing so hard and I have no idea what is so funny, but it is SO lovely to watch.
Lola Mae, you are such a delight. I am so proud to be able to say I’m your Mama. I hope you have the best birthday ever! The fairies will definitely be celebrating this one with you! Wishing you a lifetime of happiness and dreams come true.
I will love you always and forever. No. Matter. What.
Mama xoxo (times infinity)