2 December 2016

Happy 5th Birthday Ellie

Dear Miss Boo,

It feels like no time at all since I was writing your last birthday letter, yet so much has happened in the space of a year and you have continued to grow and blossom. I'm glad I've decided to write to you like this each year because there is so much I think I'd forget otherwise.

I actually cannot believe you are 5. I expect I shall say that each and every year...

This year was the first birthday that I haven't spent the whole day with you as this year you were at school. It felt particularly poignant this morning as I drove you to school thinking about the very same time 5 years ago when you had almost made your entrance into the world. As the school bell rang at 8:55am and I kissed you goodbye as you stood front of the queue so excited to spend your day at school with your friends, I couldn't help but think of the moment 2 minutes later at 8:57am that you were born and when we first met. It felt strange walking out of the playground without you but also filled me with pride that you're growing and flourishing and finding your place in the world.

The fact that you went into the classroom quite happily this morning in itself is pretty momentous as we are still often having wobbles in the morning which I'm not going to lie have been slightly heartbreaking. You absolutely love school once you are there and settled, it's just the saying goodbye bit. You are such a home bird and love your family and I think the simple fact is, you just miss us. But you are having fun and learning so much - I can't believe that in such a few short weeks you can read some words. I love the little discoveries I find in your book bag each night, there are often drawings in there which are always so happy and cheerful and filled with hearts that you have recently mastered drawing. You are super creative and really enjoy colouring and making things, you're always giving your masterpieces to friends and family. You still love books, even more so now you are learning to read and as predicted you are already reading to your sisters which is just beautiful to watch. You are asking so many questions about the world at the moment with a real thirst to learn. You recently asked me if I believed in something and I said yes, you replied with this little gem:

"If you believe in something in your imagination mummy then it becomes real in your heart".

Your imagination is so strong and I love seeing the world through your eyes. You're at an age now where everything is magical and its just brilliant to watch. You are so kind and thoughtful. Only this morning on your birthday you invited your sisters to help you open your presents and took real joy in sharing the moment with them. You're super affectionate and give the most lovely of hugs. I cried last week when I started my new job and you hugged me, told me I was doing my best and it would all be OK and ran to get me a tissue, of course this only made me sob more but this time with pride at the lovely little lady you are. You are old before your years and quite frankly amazing.

This year you asked for a bike for your birthday and I can't wait to help and watch you learn to ride it. You're so keen to learn and I hope it brings you much happiness peddling away with the wind in your hair. As you power forward know that I'll always be there right behind you just in in case you need me in every sense of the word.

We love you more and more each day and based on what 4 brought we can't wait to see what 5 brings.

Happy birthday my darling, I hope you had the best day,

Mummy x

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