Every year on your birthday I write my promises to you for the upcoming year. I can't believe that you're four years old now! In my mind you were just born, yet you show me every day just how much of a "Big girl" you're becoming. You inspire me so much my sweet daughter, and this year is no different. Well I'm fibbing (remember what I said about fibbing....all the nopes) instead of writing my promises to you, I wanted to share four things I like about you instead. Let me explain: I LOVE EVERYTHING SINGLE THING ABOUT YOU, but I also LIKE so many things about you too. Those things are so important because as your personality grows you show me glimpses of the women you will become, and she's awesome. Though you can tell by my teary eyed reaction to every milestone, I'm in no rush to meet her just yet (slow down please, ugh) And though my list is a mile long, Here's four things I like about you on your fourth birthday:
You're really funny
When you're grown and pursuing one of your many talents in the world I will be taking full credit for your sense of humor, because you are really funny. There have been times when I'm trying to be serious mommy and I can't keep a straight face. You continuously crack me up with your silly dance moves and infectious laughter, which can only be described as a cross between a giggly kid and a witch’s cackle. Never change.
Oh my strong willed, sometimes stubborn, never take no for an answer child. You have taught me another level of patience, lol. I admire your persistence (just not at bedtime) and I know that whatever you want to accomplish in life you will. Know what else I know? That your dad and I will be right by your side every step of the way.
Even at this young age you are so in tune with your emotions and the emotions of others. Always asking how I’m feeling, hugging me when I’m under the weather, or just to show you care, these are the moments that make the best memories. Like when I yell “cuddle time” and you jump into my arms, or when you pause your playing to tell me “I love you”, it always seems to come just when I need it. Never forget that kindness is not weakness, it’s the way we show the important people in our lives that we love them.
Now this is a tricky one to explain, how is a four year old brave? Well as your mommy it's my job to observe you, and I see you do things that I know take you away from your comfort zone. Though you can be shy at times, you don't let that stop you from making friends, having fun, or trying something new. Mommy is waaaay older than four and sometimes even I don't always do that. Though you are still small, I want you to live fearless (safe, but fearless), continue to step out of that comfort zone, because that’s where you’ll find greatness.
I LOVE YOU