Almost four

She’s almost four.  She loves pink, and yellow.  Princesses.  Ballet.  Pretty frocks.  Barbie and Strawberry Shortcake.  Ice cream with sprinkles.  Sparkly shoes.  Long hair with plaits.  Lollypops.  Swimming.  Her scooter.  Preschool.  The park.  And huggles.  My favourite thing of all.  I wonder how I ever did without them before she was here.

I could not be more grateful for her, for every morning I wake to her embrace.  For every night I check on her and fix her covers.  And watch her sleep, just for a minute.  For every gorgeous thing she says that I wish I could record.  For the way she skips wherever we go.  For the way she wishes for snow in summer, and sunny days in winter.  Her confidence, her passion, her imagination.

My life has changed in almost every way because of her.  Some days I can still see the baby she was.  And there are moments I can almost see the beautiful woman she will become.  In between, I fall in love with the girl that she is.  And I pinch myself that she’s mine.

My Sophia-Phia pumpkin eater.  My little chicken.

My everything.

M x

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  1. Jane February 19, 2013 at 8:23 am #

    LOVE them

  2. Tamara February 19, 2013 at 8:38 am #

    my absolute fave pic of her ever is the one of her skipping. wonderful. xt

  3. Amie February 19, 2013 at 9:15 am #


  4. Mish February 19, 2013 at 9:42 am #

    Mel, I love everything about this shoot – your beautiful Sophia, your wonderful styling, your honest captures, her dress and that crown… oh my! Happy fourth birthday Sophia. xxoo

  5. Lisa Jay February 19, 2013 at 9:55 am #

    The pictures are so precious! Love your words too. You are so blessed to have this beautiful little girl. Keep pinching yourself. She is yours! xx

  6. Margo Plowright February 19, 2013 at 11:29 am #

    OMG I just love this sophia session…she is truly divine , you editing is dreamy and i love her! They are all amazing, but my favourite is number 4 closeup….edited beautfully and her skin in this shot is truly porcelain perfect.
    Hugs Margo xxxx

  7. melriddell February 28, 2013 at 2:30 pm #

    Thank you so much Jane & Amie! And Tam, I adore that photo too – it’s everything Sophia 🙂 xx

    Mish, what a beautiful comment, thank you!! xxx

    Lisa, I really am, and I do 😉 I am so blessed to have her. xo

    Margo, oh, I knew your favourite would be mine too! Thank you so very much. xxx

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