How long did I blink?
My darling girl is four?!
I can't believe how quick time flies when you're engaged in motherhood. Yet, I cannot imagine a single day without this fuzzy headed bear.
This little ball of energy knows how to bring her parents to their knees by the time 7pm comes around. She is so active, energetic and fun. She's also a sensitive little soul with a love of books. I am in heaven when she grabs her stack of books and we get to snuggle for a few minutes while I read to her wonderful and wacky tales of make believe imagination.
For a four year old you are incredibly intuitive. When mammy might not be having the best of days I will always feel those delicate and beautiful little arms surround me. Your hair tickling my cheek while you lean in to give me a kiss and tell me how much you love me. Parents live for those moments. They are the most precious.
I have always loved photography but I truly didn't appreciate its value until I held you in my arms for the very first time. Momentary heartbreak when I realized in our rush to reach the hospital we had forgotten my camera. Thankfully we live in an age where even cell phones have decent camera technology. Not that I would ever be able to forget those first moments. They are forever ingrained in my memory. The way your daddy looked at you when he first saw you filled my heart with such overwhelming joy. Seeing your perfect little face as I cradled you in my arms and knew there was nothing I could ever love more than this little person who was trusted to my charge. So why the momentary heartbreak? Well, I wanted those images for you. I wanted you too see and share in those memories with your parents when you are old enough to understand, when we tell you the story of how you came into our family.
I'm so grateful you tolerate your mother putting a lens in front of you so frequently. I want to capture every aspect of your sweet self. You are such a beautiful little girl. You really are breathtaking. And your personality shines and gleams in those mischievous little eyes of yours. I love how everyone is your friend and how you do your best to make everyone feel special and loved.
All too soon you won't want to snuggle with me on the couch while we read your favorite stories or watch Frozen. I won't hear you singing the lyrics of that movie for the thousandth time in your room when you're supposed to be sleeping. I'll miss the owls on your walls. The my little ponies littered on the floor waiting for me to step on will also be gone. I'll long to see you have sloth as your constant companion and seeing you both sneak down the hall for another goodnight hug and kiss, possibly the fourth or fifth before you finally submit to sleep.
You are very loved my girl and I hope you will always know that.