We have a seven year old daughter.
Somehow we have all managed to fumble our way through the milestones and years and now have this big kid. This girl internet, this girl. She made me a Mum. She makes my heart burst with pride. She can do ALL THESE THINGS. She is funny, and creative and smart. She’s so tall. And mature. And seems years older than just the 7 that’s she’s been here. She is a loyal person. True and kind hearted. Full to the brim with just plain good, just like her Dad and Sister. I still can’t work out how I ended up so lucky.
I know that she can turn me from regular, level headed (crazy) Beth to pulling my hair out bat shit crazy Beth all in the space of 4 seconds. We clash and fight – namely because we are so similar – and because we spend our time trying to please and impress the other and getting frustrated when we never seem to meet in the middle. I’m tough on her, I know I am, just like I’m tough on myself. I need to let her be. Just be her and how she is and be OK with that. Our children can teach us so much about ourselves can’t they?
There won’t be time today for her to sit still long enough to listen to me and all I want to tell her. Being 7 and having a birthday is quite the business you know. Hearing her enthusiasm and gratitude for her presents this morning, hearing her talk on the phone to her doting grandparents, seeing her be kind to her sister, and seeing her sister show her own love by making Daisy a fruit salad for breakfast all by herself, well I know that we have done pretty well with our fumbling. Between Rob and myself, we have helped raise this great, confident, mature, kind-hearted girl. If she did sit still long enough I would tell her how much I love her. How proud I am of her every single day. How I know that being 7 is going to be the best thing ever for her. I’ll tell her anyway. I’ll keep telling her every day.
Rob, we’ve done good. Thank goodness for you and your endless patience.
Happy Birthday beautiful girl. It’s no mistake you share your birthday with a day of love, you have a heart so pure and good that the whole world celebrates it x