It’s my daughter’s birthday this week, so I wanted to write her a little letter….
Happy Birthday to my darling girl, you’re 3 now and getting to be such a big girl, but as we always say (and you love) ‘you’ll always be my baby!’
It’s your 3rd birthday, and also your 3rd with a different ‘family’. I’m not sure if you really understand what a birthday is or how much you remember from previous ones. Maybe it makes you a bit anxious because you don’t know what to expect as each one has been so different. Don’t worry my darling, we’re keeping it simple and low key. we have all your favourite food planned (lots of cheese), and some of your favourite people will be coming to help you celebrate.
So much has changed for you since your last birthday, and I’m so proud of how you’ve coped with it all, you’re such a strong and resilient little girl! I’m so proud of how well you’ve settled here. It totally melts my heart when you’re excited to see me when we’ve been apart and you shout ‘Mummy, Mummy’ with a huge smile. I love how much you love your Daddy, and are so ridiculously excited when he comes home after work. You’ve achieved so much since we’ve known you, you continue to amaze me everyday. You’ve certainly grown so tall, and your hair is so pretty too. I love dressing you, and much to daddy’s dismay, I’m slowly building you a collection of shoes to rival mine. I was so proud when you ran your race last week, and even though we came last, that didn’t bother you in the slightest as you got that medal you wanted. You inspire me to be a calmer, more forgiving person, thank you.
I wonder how your birth family is feeling on your birthday? It may be hard for them knowing that you’re 3 and they can’t celebrate with you. I hope they can remember your beautiful smile, and I hope they can imagine you smiling as we celebrate you and your wonderfulness.
I’m sad we missed out on the first 2 1/2 years of your life, and I wish we could have been there to love and protect you. However I’m grateful for the people that did look after, love and protect you. I’m grateful the social workers took their time to find us, as you really are our perfect match.
This next year is going to be full of new adventures and challenges I’m sure, and I want you to know my darling that we’ll be there with you every step of the way.
Lastly, I want to say thank you for letting me be your Mummy, I know I’m not always the most patient or empathetic mummy, but I want you to know that I’ll always love you, and always want to do the best job I can. It’s my Birthday this week too, I’ll be 31 (old I know, haha). I always dreamt I’d have children by the time I was 30, and I want to thank you for making my wish come true . My 30th year was certainly a year to remember, and you my darling coming home was the best thing that happened.
So, Happy Birthday sweetheart, I hope you have a wonderful day, and an amazing year ahead.
Lots of Love,