Friday, 13 December 2013

Dear Ella (aged 6)

Dear Ella,

Six years old. How do these years keep getting away from me?!  Last year I said that you didn’t look that different compared to the year before. This year you have changed. Your features are sharpening as the baby roundness to your face slowly disappears. Your hair has finally grown beyond your shoulders. The long awaited event finally happened a fortnight ago, you lost your first tooth. I was so excited for you when I first saw that gap as you bounded out of school to share the good news. But then my eyes pricked with happy/sad tears as I saw that big tooth coming through. Your ADULT teeth that you will have the rest of your life. It seems just yesterday I spotted those white dots coming through for the first time.

Not only have your looks changed, you have changed so much. Not your personality, but your abilities. Your two favourite birthday presents this year were a lined notebook and a plain notebook. This speaks volumes about your newly found passions in life. This time last year you had just brought home your first reading book. Just a year later you can can read almost anything. You are one stage away from becoming the ultimate ‘Free Reader’, so you tell me. You love reading so much it’s a battle to allow me to read you a bedtime story! You love writing too. You are a super speller and have just started writing in sentences. Tonight you have been writing a ‘story plan’ and then have gone on to write the first part of your fully planned story. Wow.

You also love arts and crafts. Drawing, painting, making and creating. I often ask what you want you want to do when you come home from school. ‘I want to do something crafty!’, is your most popular answer. Being a Mummy who is rather useless but absolutely loves all things crafty, this makes me very happy! Especially as your brother is just as enthusiastic as you.

Your brother. Your relationship has changed a lot over the last year. You are still great buddies. Over the last year his speech has come on in leaps and bounds which has meant you can have so much more fun together. You can go off in imaginary worlds, sing, chat, laugh……and also shout and scream at each other! The good times outweigh the bad luckily.

You have some lovely friends at school and despite there being only a few girls you all seem to manage to make it work. You seem to know everyone in the school, including the year 6s and the staff too. How lucky you are to go to such a wonderful, personal little school. You love your family so much. On saying goodbye to everyone after your family birthday party, you gave them all a huge hug and told them you loved them. You tell me everyday. What a lucky Mummy I am.

I was so very proud of you on your birthday. You took your time to read, admire and comment on each and every birthday card. You were genuinely grateful and enthusiastic about every single present you received no matter how big or small. You let Theo ‘help’ you to open all of you presents. What a little star you are.

You started swimming lessons when you started school and had lessons for two terms. You enjoyed your lessons but weren’t really moving forward. We went to Lake Garda in the Summer and you were like a little fish. You LOVED the water and were desperate to swim. You started lessons again this September. In just three months you have come on so much. You are almost there.

Ella, you are so positive and enthusiastic about everything in life.  I hope you never lose this trait, it’s pretty much one of the best you can have.

Until next year  my beautiful big girl,

Love you millions  and squillions,

Mummy xxxxxxx

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