The Fifth Birthday is Kind of a Big One!

by Heather Campbell, Princess Mommy

For the past two years I have written a blog post dedicated to my oldest daughter on her birthday. This year, it is not just her birthday but it is her FIFTH birthday. So much changes when you turn 5. Kindergarten is right around the corner. You start learning to read and coloring in the lines. You don’t take naps very often. You start riding bikes and losing teeth. 5 is one of those birthdays that you actually remember when you are 20. So this year, here’s what I had to say…

Dear Lily,

The idea of saying you are now 5 years old seems completely foreign to me. I’ve been saying “almost 5” for months because you are so tall and so mature that no one ever believes me when I say you are 4 but I still knew the truth. And so did you. But now, you are really 5!

You are such a bright and amazing child. You’re my best little buddy and I’m enjoying all this time we have over the summer before you start kindergarten. I’m going to miss you so much. Every day when your sisters take their nap you look at my with a glimmer in your eye that I just can’t explain. You know this is OUR time. When life is chaos day in and day out, having this hour or two to just be mommy and Lily is pretty nice.

We celebrated your birthday weeks ago with a Barbie Rock Star themed party so writing this letter almost seems too late but really, I’m cheating because your big day is still over a week away. I’m writing early this year since we will be on vacation next week. You picked Barbie for obvious reasons this year. Fashion is one of your biggest loves. Each day when I see the outfit you picked out I just think to myself how creative and stylish you are, the way you mix patterns and colors but tastefully, the way you clip your own hair back, and even the way you pick out outfits to match what we will do that day like when you put butterfly clips on your shirt before we went to the Butterfly House!
Fashion isn’t your whole world though. You are mostly about art! You picked the writing center almost daily at school during center time. You came home day after day with picture after picture, each with an amazing story behind it. You began learning the sounds that go with letters and writing your own words on your pictures too. You’ll look at a book for hours but have trouble focusing on math for more than a few minutes. And you really love Frozen. (But I mean, really, who doesn’t?) We are such opposites, my little Lily. Mommy loves math and thinks almost always in numbers or time. I never know how to teach you but you help me along the way.
This year you also fell in love with running as much as daddy and I have. You ran your very first race, a one mile run and you ran it faster than I could! I cried because I was so proud of you. That medal hangs in your room like the prizes possession that it is!
Physically you’ve only gained a few pounds since your 4th birthday but you’ve grown another 5 inches. You now wear a size 13 tennis shoe, two more sizes bigger than last year. I can’t wait to see how tall you’ll be, definitely taller than me! We encourage you to stretch and do yoga with us too as daddy remembers how hard it was to grow so tall so fast.
I know time is against me but my only wish for you, Lily, is for you to stay this little just a bit longer. I love your innocence and your giggles and the way your eyes light up when you smile. I love your instincts and our conversations. I love how you are always willing to be helpful. And I love your excitement. This is a big year for all of us but I know it will be great because we will be right along side each other getting through it all!
I love you with all my heart,
Mommy
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Heather Campbell, Princess Mommy

Blogger at Amateur Parenting
Heather Campbell (aka, Princess Mommy) is a red-headed work-at-home mom of three under 4 who lives in the St. Louis metro area. She also blogs at Magical Chaos and Mumbling Mommy. Meet the whole AmateurParenting.com team on our About page.

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