To Ella, our wonderful girl, today you are 6!
Six years since I missed my own baby shower because you decided to show up three weeks early. Six years since our journey into the unexpected started. Six years of being a mummy – your mummy.
A lot has happened in the six years you’ve been here and it’s hard to remember what life was like before you. We’ve certainly been on a roller coaster ride but you’ve managed to keep our hands skimming the clouds for most of our time together.
This past year, you’ve changed and grown so much. You’re settled and happy at school, you love your teacher and being with your friends. Your understanding of the world has developed and you are now able to tell me so much about what you want, what you like and don’t like, what you’ve done at school. The improvement in your speech has also enhanced your cheeky side and your sense of humour is really beginning to flourish. This week you’ve mainly been telling me that you’re excited for your birthday and your party (I am too!), the first year you’ve been able to tell me so.
A few weeks ago you reduced me to tears in the bustling playground as I sent you off into school with my usual kiss and ‘Love you’. You turned back to me and for the first time ever, said ‘love you mummy’ – still enjoying firsts 6 years into our adventures together.
You love your little sister, Lucy. I love watching your relationship grow and feel pride (and some trepidation for your teenage years!) at the independent, determined and confident little girls I am lucky enough to call mine.
Over the last year, you’ve lost four teeth, grown about a foot taller and over the summer you mastered a major milestone and became dry day and night – no more pull-ups! Big changes that signify how you’re growing up way too quickly.
Out of school, you’ve started Rainbows (who have promoted your inclusion and independence) as well as cooking class (learning listening and life skills) and swimming lessons (still some way to go but you love being in the water and you try very hard). You still love bouncing on your trampoline, anything involving a glue stick or a felt tip and your pictures and writing have come on so much.