Dear Baby Girl

Dear Baby Girl,

Today is your birthday.

You were our bonus baby. The best surprise I could ever have dreamed of. And until I held you in my arms for the very first time in the small hours of that cold Tuesday morning, I still couldn’t quite believe that you were mine. When your big brother and sisters came creeping in to greet you, it was like you had been with us forever there in The Big Bed.

To be fair, four years later you still mostly inhabit The Big Bed, creeping in for cosy cuddles every single night. But I love it. I love waking up to see you cuddled right next to me. I love how the very first thing you say as you open your sleepy eyes every day is ‘Good morning.’ I can’t imagine you not taking over The Big Bed but if I’m being honest, I know our days are numbered. I know you are growing up way too fast.

You love fire engines, trains and most of all dustbin trucks. We even go home from school the long way home on Fridays to follow the dustbin men through the village then come back home to wait at the kitchen window for them to come down our street. You wave at them until your arm is close to falling off and if they’re not feeling too grumpy and you get a wave back, it is The Best Thing Ever.

Four years old. Where did that time go? It sounds like such a cliché but it has gone in a flash and whilst I wish that I could keep you as my baby forever more, my heart swells with pride when I see you growing into such a funny, confident, happy little girl. And anyway, whether you are four or forty-four, you’ll always be my baby.

Happy birthday my gorgeous girl.

As you would say, I love you more than sausages.

And as I would say, I love you big lumps.

Love,

Mummy x

 

36 thoughts on “Dear Baby Girl

  1. Gavin Cruickshank says:

    I used to wait at the window but for the ice-cream van to park outside mt gran’s house on a Saturday.

    Oddly, I never had any desire to go out and get one but I used to wait upstairs for ages looking out of the window for him.

    I once came downstairs during a visit but I didn’t like it as much so I returned upstairs almost immediately.

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  2. Loonylis says:

    You’ve made me cry!! That’s so lovely. My 4yo also comes into our bed for cuddles every morning, it’s the best thing ever :-). Happy birthday to your little lady xx

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  3. Jayne Sunley says:

    Ahhh this strikes such a chord with me and my Eva. She was my surprise. My life saver. Quite literally.
    All are special and all always my babies

    X

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  4. Karen (kbmanc) says:

    Such a beautiful little girl and a beautifully written post.

    Happy Birthday to your baby girl! X

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  5. icklebabe says:

    Aw, Beautifully written Wifey, I love it that you say you love her big lumps too, that’s so cute and perfect somehow 🙂 happy Birthday to your baby 😉 XXXX

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  6. Cari Rosen says:

    Four is first approaching here too so I read this with a tear of recognition in my eye! Lucky mums and gorgeous girls

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  7. KARA says:

    What a beautiful post. I love how you have mentioned such beautiful little things that make her her. Gorgeous. Thanks for sharing something so precious x

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  8. theperfectbadmummy says:

    How to make a girl cry on a Sunday into her iPhone! Hope you’ve all had a lovely day! X

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  9. Midlifes Singlemum says:

    To be loved more than sausages is an accolade indeed. Lovely post. It is bitter sweet how the passing of time brings such pride and joy and yet we can never have those baby days back again.

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  10. (Mostly) Yummy Mummy says:

    Thank you all for the lovely comments and birthday wishes for my baby girl!
    If I’m being completely honest, I wrote it for ‘me’ not thinking of my readers – sorry – I’m sometimes self-indulgent like that! But I have to say that I was blown away by the amazing response to this post. You have all caught me off guard and made me all teary with your kindness now! xxxx

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