Sunday, January 26, 2014

Mysteriously Three




My Girl, even though I've grown and birthed another baby since your last birthday, it still feels as though you were just born. You're new and mysterious to me. Your bother wears his heart on his sleeve, talking loudly and often. His emotions are raw and explosive, never to be hidden or questioned. But you my darling, are as deep and as mystifying as the atlantic ocean. You're quiet and watchful and as sweet as honey.  You seek me out for big long cuddles and when I'm busy you examine me, studying my every move before walking away with one had on your hip and a swagger in your step, because you know, that's what I'm usually practising.

You are the consummate tomboy insisting on styling in your brothers boardies and rashies each and every day, changing into a new set at 20 minute intervals.

When socialisation becomes too much to handle you quietly remove yourself, preferring to sit quietly, chattering away to your toys and teddies and engaging in elaborate imaginative play.

A gaggle of 'your guys' follow you everywhere. A small Thomas the Tank Engine, a soft stuffed Captain Barnicles and a handful of Fireman Sam figurines. You're not fancy, you like things 'labeled' and easily collectable from Kmart. At times I'll find them carefully lined up on your bedroom floor and lovingly wrapped in discarded face washers all ready for bed. Other times you'll follow me around the house with arms laden, pretending to 'shoosh shoooosh' them to sleep.

You have short legs and dead straight hair just like your mumma.

When your dad and I ask you for a kiss, it's guaranteed to be passionate. You grab our whole heads with vigour and plant delicious kisses somewhere in the vicinity of our lips, but anywhere will do really.

Your voice is unusually husky.

You love sleep like a teenager.


When you loose your temper you do so with splendid extravagance. A shrill voice and steaming red face accompany stomping feet and bulging vein through your forehead.

Sometimes I still have to pinch myself. I can't believe I was blessed enough to get you, a daughter.

I'll be a very happy woman if you grow to love me as much as I love my own mother.

I'm filled with hope for your future. A future that I pray for daily.

Sometimes once I've tucked you and your siblings in for the night, kissed your plump lips and brushed the hair from your foreheads, I'm left breathless by your beauty.

I love you.

Happy 3, my little Pip.

25 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday Little Lady! In some ways she sounds so much like my Sunny :) I hope she had a spectacular day!

    Sophie xo

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  2. What a beautiful birthday note for your girl. This made me kinda teary!! She sounds like a little champion to me!

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  3. Happy birthday beautiful girl! What a gorgeous post, daughters really are a ray of sunshine:-) xx lisa

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  4. Beautiful words…and a beautiful three year old.

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  5. Oh such a lovely letter! From the pictures I've seen of your Mum on the blog I see a likeness in Pip - hope you all had a fun day!

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  6. Aw, this is so sweet! Happy Birthday to your gorgeous girl!

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  7. Oh beautifully written. Makes me think of my second born, and how he has grown and changed since 3. 3 is indeed the magic number! x

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  8. All so beautiful. Those words and photos. Happy birthday Pippi. x

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  9. She is like a perfect mix of the best bits of my two.. no wonder I think she is so fab! Happy Birthday Missy x

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  10. Such gorgeous photos. Loving the grin in the second. She looks full of the joys of life

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  11. Reading this brought a tear to my eye...Happy Celebration Day to all of you xxxxx

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  12. Happy birthday Pip. such beautiful observations. Iris has a large group of 'guys' too, they come everywhere with her :) Xx

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  13. What a beautiful post! Hope the birthday was glorious for everyone!

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  14. How beautiful i wish i had done this for my children xx

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  15. Happy Birthday Miss 3! How lucky you are to have such an adoring Mumma and how lucky is your Mumma to have such an amazing girl.

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  16. So beautiful! Congratulations on your little one turning three!

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  17. Happy third birthday, little sweetie, and happy fourth birthday to my little sweetie too :-)

    Wonderful words, Emily.

    Stephanie

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  18. Too beautiful Em. Happy birthday Pip. xx

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  19. How wonderful for your little pip to have this to look back on when she's grown!

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  20. Oh I loved this! My niece is 3 and she's the love of my life. She actually looks like me and even though it's a strange genetic lottery there's something about it that makes me proud. We also have a matching birthmark! On our inner right thighs. How weird is that?

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  21. What a beautiful post for Pip to look back on years from now. You are a super mum! Happy birthday to your sweet Pip.

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  22. Oh Em, she's a true beauty - inside and out. Happy three! Kellie xx

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Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em