Happy birthday, my beautiful little girl.
I can’t believe that you are three today, Amy. The last three years have flown by, but they do say that time flies when you are having fun and you are the funniest little person I know. You make me laugh every single day and I’m incredibly proud that I am your mummy.
You are the most loving and caring girl and won’t ever leave the room without giving me a big huggle (hug+cuddle) and kiss. You do love snuggling up to watch your favourite movies or cartoons and at the moment you are obsessed with Frozen and all the Disney princesses. You will stand on the sofa, spread your arms and sing “Let it go” as if you are Idina Menzel herself. It’s so funny and so out of tune, but you are incredibly proud when we tell you that you sang it beautifully.
You love singing and dancing and the other day, you surprised me with your own little dance routine at bedtime. I have no idea how or when you came up with it, but you were pretty chuffed with it. Your beaming smile at the end of each performance showed it!
Despite loving performing, being at the centre of attention is not really your thing. When too many eyes are on you, it makes you a little uncomfortable and you get shy, but I don’t think that’s a bad thing. You just need some time to adjust to the situation and once you feel comfortable and safe, you are your happy bouncy self and that is what you are most of the time.
As soon as you wake up, you are smiling and you don’t stop unless we disagree on something and you try to beat me in our stubbornness competition. I have to admit you are quite the opponent at times: You are very strong-willed and know exactly what you want and don’t want. I still remember the battle we had when I asked you to try on wellies in a shoe shop in Bude or your shopping strike at Clarks Village. It was stressful to say the least, but we still ended up having a fantastic day.
We try to do something fun most days and if we aren’t going anywhere, we play in the garden, do some crafts or bake something. You love helping in the kitchen and cooking and baking are activities that you really enjoy. The other day, you secretly sneaked in the kitchen when I was still asleep and wanted to bake a cake for me. You got as far as cracking an egg, but that you did with skill and perfection.
I’m sure all mummies say this about their children, but you are a clever little cookie. You pick up new skills really quickly and you love challenging yourself. Jigsaw puzzles are one of your favourite things and you love preparing food in your play kitchen and acting out little scenes with your dolls and HappyLand figures.
You absolutely adore playing with our cats Honey and Betty. Honey sometimes gets a little overwhelmed by your energy and noise levels, but Betty is like your shadow. She follows you where ever you go and starts meowing when she can’t get into your bedroom. It’s lovely to see your little friendship grow every day.
Your vocabulary is expanding daily and I really don’t worry about your speech development anymore. You are a true girl and talk like a waterfall. I love that we can have real conversations now, because they really make your character shine through. My favourite time of our day is bedtime. It’s not because you go to bed and I get to have time to myself. No, every evening, we’ll have a cuddle after your bath and you’ll tell me about your day. We spend every day together and I know exactly what you’ve done, but it’s fascinating to hear how you’ve experienced things and what was the highlight of your day. It’s funny how many small things make you happy – things so small that I sometimes don’t even notice them. It’s a beautiful character trait of yours and you have so many of them that I am incredibly proud to be your mummy.
You make be beam with pride every single day: You’ve practically potty trained yourself months ago and have been dry day and night ever since. You confidently ride your balance bike and have made first attempts on your bike girl bike. You dress yourself on your own, put your shoes on or take them off and insist on washing your hair all by yourself when you’re having a bath. You are incredibly independent and it’s nice to see that you are such a confident little girl.
You love swimming and are forever running, climbing, skipping and jumping. Sometimes we’re joking that you should have been a boy because you are so fearless and adventurous.
I can’t wait to see what the next year has in store for us and how you develop, but today let’s celebrate the day that made me the happiest woman in the world: your birthday!
Happy birthday, my beautiful girl. I love you to the moon and back – forever and always. Mummy x