Happiest of Birthdays to my sweet little girl,
I am sort of in denial that you are now five. Five sounds so very big to me. It’s not a toddler and most certainly, not a baby . But that doesn’t change the fact that you are and always will be MY baby.
You’ve grown a lot this past year, both physically and emotionally. While you’re still a little peanut to me, you’ve caught up with most of your classmates and are no longer the smallest in the bunch. You’re still sensitive and your feelings get hurt easily. But we’re working on verbalizing your thoughts and using our words to explain how we feel. It’s a tough thing to learn. Even adults still struggle with it.
We butt heads…so much so that I can’t even begin to imagine what the teen years will bring. The decibels at which screams come out of your mouth is mind-blowing and sometimes I feel I might explode with frustration. But you are independent and know what you want. Lucky for me, you also love to snuggle and are quick to forgive after a disagreement. I’ll take that while I can. I hope we can always hug it out.
You still love all things princess. In fact, the other day your brother was getting you spell some words out. He had you spell boy and then asked you to spell girl. I told him that one might be difficult for you. He said, “Emerson, what are you? I’m a boy, you’re a…” You replied, “PRINCESS!”
Your interests have also expanded past the Disney market. You fell in love with My Little Ponies, Barbie and also found a new obsession with mermaids. You love to pretend and Daddy and I love to hear you talk in your “fancy” voice. It’s music to my ears.
Speaking of music, you still love to sing and dance. You are constantly showing off your jete’s and singing all sorts of songs from the radio. Taylor Swift and Kelly Clarkson are a few of your favorite singers. You traded in gymnastics for a dance class this year and are thriving. You keep your eyes on the teacher at all times and want to make sure you get each step right.
I love to watch you with your brother. Sure you fight sometimes and get in a big time brawl every now and again but for the most part, you are great friends. I enjoy watching your relationship grow as you both get older. It’s a beautiful thing.
This coming year is going to bring some big changes. You are about to embark on a new journey. Preschool ends in just two months and after summer you’ll be going off to kindergarten. I know you’re ready. You are sad that your friends won’t be with you, but I know you’ll quickly learn your way and make new ones. I’m really not even worried about you. You’ve come into your own. While you are still quiet and sometimes shy, you’ve learned to assert yourself and speak up when necessary.
I am so proud to be your mama and I love you so very much. Know that no matter what life throws at you, your father and I here to help you navigate your way.
Hugs and kisses,