I keep saying to Scott how surreal it feels that we are parents of a seven year old (as of today!) – he just laughs at me and says it’s really not that hard to understand as it’s seven years since she’s been born. Yeah yeah I know what he means but surely I can’t be the only parent who sits down in slight shock when they contemplate how fast their child has grown up?!
I love being a mum, but more than that I love being a mum to this absolute diva of a child of mine. She literally lights up my life in a way that nobody else does. And whilst I’m sure I’m never going to get top marks in the parenting stakes I really do hope she realises that she is my entire World and not a day goes past where I am not thankful that she was the one to give me this shot at motherhood (in all it’s fun and shite bits).
Mummy still isn’t sure how she got so lucky as to have a daughter like you. You are kind, loving and funny, smart, beautiful inside and out, entertaining and curious, quick and playful; and it’s a joy to have you in our lives. Everyone who meets you loves you, but I have the ultimate pleasure of knowing that I met you first. I still remember lying in bed and feeling you move in my tummy – partially freaked out but excited too; and I loved to go through my days feeling you kicking – reminding me that you were there (although the foot jammed up in my ribs thing could have been done without thanks!).
You came into this World at 10:15am on 4th January 2010 (on the loo no less, sorry about the Lily-Loo nickname kid but you earned it!) – a tiny, featherweight boxer of a baby who barely cried. The midwife held you against my chest and I swear the surge of love that went through me was like nothing else. Finally I ‘got it’, finally I could see why people always talked about a parent’s love. You opened my eyes to a whole new world.
I wouldn’t ever say becoming a mum, or being a mum is easy – I don’t often feel like I’m doing a particularly good job of it. But then I look at you and I see what an incredible person you are and I feel proud (in truth it’s probably more down to your dad but I do get to claim partial credit!).
The past 7 years has flown by, it feels as though I’ve blinked and you’ve gone from learning your first words to being this chatty little thing that talks all the time (you definitely get this from me), a girl who is artistic and creative and a drama queen.
I hope that you realise just how loved you really are, and here are a few other hopes I have for you too my beautiful baby girl:
“Ohana means family. Family means nobody gets left behind…. or forgotten.” – Lilo and Stitch
I hope that you are always surrounded by true family. I think you have already realised that sometimes in life we have to make our own family, being related to somebody by blood isn’t always what makes them family. You have so many people in your life who love and cherish you and who have become your family – they have chosen to be your family and that makes them pretty special. You are so lucky to have your grandparents be your best friends and I love seeing you with them – seeing the bonds you have with nanny at number 11 and my own dad (even if you do argue with me over who loves him more!) and seeing the love in your eyes for your ‘extra’ nanny – nene. I love that you have aunts and uncles who adore you, Godparents who will always be there for you and guide you when you need it and cousins that idolise you and who love to spend time with you.
“You have been my friend,’ replied Charlotte. ‘That in itself is a tremendous thing.” – Charlotte’s Web – E.B White
You have friends from all over the World and friends of all ages – something I think is a real benefit for you. I hope that you keep your friends close, I hope that you learn from them and them from you, that you always laugh until you cry, support them and let them support you, hold hands with them and most importantly – have fun.
“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” – Dr Suess.
You are an individual and you are amazing just how you are. I hope you have the strength to always be yourself – to not let peer pressure put you off of the things that you love, or the things that make you who you are. I hope you are always brave and daring and try new things or things that scare you, that you always remember that you are a kick-ass super-girl in your own right. I hope that you always dance like nobody is watching and that you always use your imagination, your creativity and your spirit to be whatever it is that you want to be.
“A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” – Roald Dahl
You are beautiful on the inside and out and I hope you always remember that. I hope that your smile never lose their infectiousness, that your eyes never lose their sparkle, that you always do the silly things that make you you.
“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” – Oscar Wilde
You have such a zest for life – so much spirit and personality and I hope you always have those. I hope that you never stop learning, that you never get too old to skip down the road, that you still find enjoyment in the simplest of things. I hope that you always stop to smell the roses, that you always make daisy chains, that you cry with laughter at getting wet in the fountains or the rain. I hope that you are always this fierce and strike a pose to rival that of Kate Moss.
“The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.” ― Oprah Winfrey
I hope that you always look forward. I hope you always stride off willingly into new adventures, to new places, to meet new people. I hope that you live a life of excitement and happiness, that you see the World and immerse yourself in everything that is out there. I hope that you see the sunrise and set in every country you want to visit, that you try new foods, and tick everything off of your bucket list. I hope you pursue adventure wherever it may lead you. I hope that one day you look back on your life and are proud of what you have achieved.
“Somewhere over the rainbow skies are blue, And the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true” – Judy Garland
I hope that all your dreams come true. Keep dreaming Lily-Rose…
All my love, hugs and kisses (as always),