My youngest, Rudi, turned 3 yesterday. I feel like I have been waiting for this day for the past 11 months but now it's here and she's actually 3 and I don't have a toddler or a baby anymore I feel rather nostalgic. But still pleased that we made it through 4 lots of toddler years. And of course she hasn't suddenly become all grown up overnight. We have a little way to go yet but this coming year is going to be a big deal for our family as Rudi grows and we get rid of all the baby/toddler things and all have a bit more freedom. Life stuff won't have to live "up high" and at some point we won't have a buggy to consider on all our adventures.
I am excited for what is to come but also very much celebrating where we are now.
Rudi's birthdays are always extra special for me because she is the baby that really might not have happened and our family really wouldn't be the same without her.
Like I always do on my children's birthdays I wrote Rudi a birthday letter.
To my sweet little Rudi,
Today you are 3! You have been looking forward to this day for weeks and I'm so excited it is finally here for you.
What a year you have had! So much growing, exploring, learning and so much language and noise! You are amazing. Simply amazing. You are fun, expressive, caring, sweet, happy, creative and so funny. You have such a great sense of humour and really do make us all laugh.
You are adored by your big sister and brothers and you adore all of them too. How very lucky you are to have them all. They really do look out for you and cheer you on. They are so unbelievably patient with you. More than I am sometimes!
You have spent the past few months loving paint, play doh, glitter, Peppa Pig and every morning the Octonauts on repeat! And how could I forget Frozen and playing Elsa!
You are strong and determined. I love that about you. I just love that you completely stand up for yourself. In a family of 6 that's important. Keep that up. But please take away the hitting and screaming, and just keep the firm voice and amazing looks!
I am loving getting to know you more and more each day. You are such an amazing little girl. I just cannot wait to see what this next year brings for you.
Lots of love today and always,