My daughter Staria, on your sixth birthday…
I really can’t believe you’re six. Six. Seriously! First it was Rose Petal, then Gigi, and now you. My baby big girl!! You’re no longer little now are you? Every year on your birthday I remember the first time I saw you, blonde hair, even when you were born! Such a beautiful and sweet little thing, from the moment you were born – your middle name, Joy was, and still is, such a perfect fit.
I remember when you were just one day old and you started vomiting. I couldn’t believe a tiny baby could vomit so much! You spent your first year of life medicated so it didn’t hurt your throat and tummy and Mummy did LOTS of washing. LOTS and LOTS of washing! But you never seemed to mind. You were always so happy! The doctors said you had bilateral hip dysplasia (your hips weren’t working properly) when you were born and immediately I was so sad. Devastated even. I hated not being able to have long baths with you and cuddle you skin on skin. For six weeks you wore your harness and I still remember now the most magical day when it came off! I came straight home with you and lay on the couch with you on my chest – the first time we could lie like that! You fell asleep instantly in my arms and I remember breathing in your beautiful baby smell and kissing your soft baby skin and feeling so unbelievably happy.
Even now, you still are my little smoocher. My cuddle bunny. You love snuggles and crawling into bed with me each morning and I love being able to have an (albeit quick!) cuddle before we get up to get ready for school. You’re by far the most feminine little filly in our house and being a Gemini usually means there’s some kind of dramatic emotion not too far from the surface… I love how you wear your heart on your sleeve. You have such goodness in you. Such purity and joy and kindness.
You are a natural mother with an innate ability to recognise when someone is not well or needs something. And you’re such a beautiful big sister to Smiley, so loving, caring and nurturing. I think you were secretly (or not so secretly!?) pleased that he started saying your name first!
Today at school your teacher showed me your writing from this week. You wrote (independently) all about a leopard. Your best writing yet! It was amazing! You’re so excited about school and whilst I know some mornings you’re a bit tired and you’d love to have an hour or so extra at home to cuddle and play, your love and enthusiasm for learning is wonderful – we are so proud of you.
Being the youngest sister of 3, especially with Gigi so close in age to you must be tough at times. Often the other two can run faster than you, tie their shoe laces, read better, count higher… and you’re still waiting to lose a tooth! It must be hard, and frustrating at times, but you (mostly!) just take it in your stride. Daddy and I were watching you this week when you were doing your spelling homework. What concentration! And your drawing and colouring – it’s amazing!
You are often ‘away with the fairies’ and I wonder where you go – what you’re thinking about – and then you come out with a really interesting question, or a funny story, or an amazing fact – I love how your brain works and the fact that you always surprise me. Your passion for life, your beautiful and awesome laugh, gorgeous smile and the love you have for your family is something we will always treasure as special qualities in you.
Your gentle nature is something I hope you’ll never lose, your beautiful smile (and that gorgeous dimple!) is something I hope to see every day and your ability to see the good in everyone is something I hope you’ll always share with the world.
May this next year you walk on Earth be full of dreams, light, love, fairy dust and colour – big, bright and bold colours!
I love you my baby girl, Happy Birthday sweetheart!