The last day of 2

Tomorrow you turn 3.  You have been excited about your birthday for weeks, and today was no exception.  We went shopping and you told everyone we met that it’s your birthday.  You’re having the pink party you have dreamed of, with a ‘Mimi’ cake (I love that you call Dora ‘Mimi’) and lots of friends who love you.  I can’t wait to watch you open presents, hear everyone sing Happy Birthday to you, with a big Hip Hip Hooray at the end!  This last year of 2 has shown me why I wanted to be a mother, and there were so many moments to love.

You learned to count, making it up at the start, saying 4, 6, 11, 14, 16.  Goodness knows why you chose those numbers.  Then you made it from 1 to 10 and beyond, and I couldn’t have been more proud if you had flown to the moon.

Your endless chatter every day never ceases to impress and surprise me.  We have lovely conversations over chai and gingerbread at our favourite cafe.  Whenever we pass it, you ask for “coffee man” and I can’t help but give in.

Ballet class is your favourite thing and I’m sure not a day has passed that you haven’t put on your shoes and danced for me, or Daddy, or Nanna.  You have an amazing sense of rhythm and love classical music.

I hear you sing along to the radio when we’re driving and it makes my heart happy!

You started preschool, and you run to me with arms out every time I pick you up.  You bring home the most adorable artworks and we hang them on the stairs so everyone can see.  You are so purposeful and planned in how you do things.

You are super friendly and often adopt other families at the playground, joining in their games as if you always belonged.  You charm everyone with your big eyes and sunny smiles!

We gave you a scooter as an early birthday present, and in just days you went from beginner to racer, going as fast as I can run after you!  Like a skater you throw your leg out behind you and glide along, so graceful and balanced.

You always hold my hand when we walk, and I love feeling you bouncing along beside me.

I say guess what.  You say love you.  I say I love you lots and lots.  You say no Mum, just one.  One love.

You tell me Mummy, I’m so happy.  And that’s all I could ever want for you.

So goodnight my darling, and when you wake, you’ll be 3.  And I’ll love you more than yesterday.  And even more the day after that.

My bestest girl in the whole world.  M x

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  1. Anastasia March 16, 2012 at 7:58 am #

    She is precious Mel

  2. Niki Sprekos March 16, 2012 at 9:36 am #

    Mel I can relate to all your words here and it’s so beautiful. My princess is turning three in 3 months and it makes me sad but so proud at the same time.

    I hope you have an amazing day tomorrow cause she deserves the best pink party ever. She is amazing and you have done a wonderful job. HAPPY BIRTHDAY gorgeous Sophia.

  3. Louise March 16, 2012 at 10:11 am #

    Oh Mel, I can’t stop the tears!! Such beautiful words.
    My little man is 3 already and you summed it up perfect.
    Looking forward to seeing you soon xox

  4. Simone March 16, 2012 at 10:51 am #

    Just beautiful Mel. I hope Sophia has a beautiful birthday and I am sure it will be captured wonderfully. My little baby turns 2 next week and I am already a little weepy.
    Sim x

  5. Jen March 16, 2012 at 11:04 am #

    Mel I have only known you a year and yet I can’t believe the changes in your little princess. She has grown from a pensive, serious little girl to a glowing, happy, expressive sweetheart. I loved her back then and I love her now. Bye bye beautiful little 2yo and welcome little ‘full of life and love’ 3yo xxx

  6. Vicki March 16, 2012 at 3:30 pm #

    Love it… Beautiful words and I feel the same way about Chloe too. Miss S enjoy your birthday party your mum organized for you… You will have an awesome day =)

  7. Jane March 23, 2012 at 6:38 am #

    That was beautiful, Mel.

  8. Tina DaSilva March 28, 2012 at 9:40 am #

    She’s a beauty Mel, and your words have captured so much. She will love looking back on this when she is older. What a special bond you both share.

  9. melriddell April 18, 2012 at 2:35 pm #

    I look at her every day and still cannot believe how fast she’s growing, right before my eyes! It’s wonderful, but gosh, I want to stop and catch my breath sometimes 🙂

    Thank you, so so much, for all your wishes and love! xx

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