Yesterday my baby girl turned 5 years old. 5. I can’t believe that 5 years ago (and 1 day), at 11:59 PM I became a mommy.
So I thought I’d write a little letter to her because, well, it seems fitting for a 5th birthday.
Dear baby girl,
I cannot believe that you are 5 years old. 5 years ago you made me a mommy and I felt a love I’d never felt before. You were so tiny that I couldn’t believe my eyes. My little 6 pound bundle of joy. And boy did you let us know that you had arrived. You’ve had a set of lungs on you since day one. I called you my little pterodactyl. And to this day you still have a set of lungs that rival Janis Joplin’s scream.
From day one we knew you were something special. You were pretty on track with your development until about 18 months, when you started speaking in full sentences. From that moment on we knew you were going to give us a run for our money. And we have been running ever since.
Two was a great age. Everyone says the terrible twos are hard, but I loved two. You were inquisitive, funny and so kind and loving. Three was when things got hard. The threenager stage was in full effect and my goodness did you have an attitude. Three was when you started to show your strong, opinionated personality. You know what you want and will negotiate for hours to get it. Even though you want to be a veterinarian I think you’d make a great lawyer. But boy were you funny. And you are still making us laugh every day.
Four brought some of the biggest changes. You became a big sister. And I saw another side of you that made my heart burst and shed tears of joy almost daily.
The love you have for your brother is something that I couldn’t have ever imagined. You love him with your whole heart and soul. I know it was hard to share mommy at first, but you handled it so well. I see how you look at your brother and I just can’t imagine life without you both.
And now you’re 5. We don’t always see eye to eye, you and me. Even at 5 you have the mind of someone much older than you are. You are strong willed, quick whited and full of life. I swear you should be an actress because you know how to bring the drama girlfriend. But at the end of the day you are my girl and I feel like the luckiest mom in the world that you are my daughter.
From the moment you made me a mama, I was changed. Thank you for letting me kiss your boo boos, braid your hair and snuggle you to sleep at night. You are my girl, my best friend, my daughter. I love you Audrey Grace.