yesterday, my baby completed her fourth trip around the sun. what a ride these four years have been. while I now consider myself a somewhat seasoned mama, and I once again am well acquainted with the beautiful thing called sleep, I continue to be amazed and surprised daily and it is clear I'll be learning alongside her for the rest of my years.
allow me a brief trip down memory lane:
|days before her birth|
|hours after her birth|
we've all but wrapped up the birthday celebrations, which will conclude tomorrow afternoon with a lunch with friends young and old at one of our favorite little restaurants in town. but so far, turning four has been....
a handmade book gifted to her by her beeba (that's the name she made up for my mom once she was able to talk and let us know 'grandma' just wasn't cutting it),
happily looking at birthday cards, and showing them to her baby....
a birthday morning of waffles and gift opening (mostly books, and a couple games)
an afternoon trip to a favorite local coffee shop for hot cocoa,
a stop afterwards to pick up cupcakes (I'm saving the homemade carrot cake for tomorrow's lunch) and pizzas for dinner and dessert,
and finally, a viewing of Mary Poppins with popcorn, paused to skype in some birthday singing with nana and pipop before the cupcakes were consumed.
love, love, love this little teacher of mine. may I have the patience and kindness, humor and strength to continue mothering her in a way that leaves me feeling good at the end of the day more often than not.
happy birthday, sweet one.