March 10, 2017
Happy Birthday! Today you are 4! And, officially, I am no longer a mom of babies, or even toddlers…my youngest in a preschooler. I identify so much as a ‘mom of littles’ that I think I am in a bit of denial with this new reality.
Nevertheless, you are FOUR today! And I am so proud of the big girl that you have become. You are sensitive, funny, affectionate, compassionate, and, shall we say, a bit dramatic… If I could only use one word to describe you though, it would be SWEET. You have such a sweet sweet spirit.
You have grown in so many ways since your last birthday. I was re-reading your 3rd birthday letter yesterday. Oh how much has changed in a year. I am happy to report that you are potty trained (boy, that was NOT easy...did I mention ‘stubborn’ as one of your character traits??), you sleep in a big girl bed, go to preschool twice/week, take dance class (ballet and tap), and even did a “Soccer Shots” program at your school. You are riding your tricycle like a champ (steering was a problem for soooo long), and you are officially ready for a big girl bike (which you are getting at our family celebration on Sunday, but..shhhhh). Swinging is your favorite playground activity, and even though you are my timid one, you have found a new love for going HIGH on the swing. One of my favorite things in the world is to hear you giggle and squeal as Jacob pushes you higher and higher on the swing.
I am definitely holding on to the few things that still make you seem like my little Lizzie though. The way you love to hold my hand, and always want me to help you down the stairs. The way you still mis-pronounce some words, like brudder (brother), swamwich (sandwich), dult (adult). The fact that mommy kisses still work on boo-boos. And the way that you (mostly) still fit in my lap when we snuggle.
As much as you have grown since last year, some things haven’t changed since the day you were born. Still a mommy’s girl through and through. Still love to snuggle. Still cry…a lot…although not NEARLY as much as you used to. Still love baby dolls more than anything else.
It is so difficult to put into words the sweet human that you are. I am just lucky I get to experience YOU every day.
Happy Birthday Elizabeth! I love you!