Today you are three years old. Those three years since you were born have passed by in the blink of an eye. No longer a baby, no longer really a toddler – you are a little girl who likes to be as independent as possible. “I can do it myself!” is a phrase I hear frequently – and you are determined to at least give it a try even if you sometimes do end up asking “can you help me, Mummy?” I love your determination and your willingness to try.
My little Sophie, I see so much of myself in you. That feisty nature, that determination, that stubborn streak – these are all traits that come from me. I am glad that you have them because I know that they will help you stand up for yourself although I hope that I will help you learn which battles are worth fighting and which battles are best to walk away from. It’s not always been an easy lesson for me to learn but I hope that it will come more easily to you.
You have always had to share me with your big sister but since Jessica started school, you have been enjoying having one-to-one time with me. At first, you missed your sister and seemed like a little lost lamb at times, but gradually you have adjusted. It has been lovely to have that time with you, to discover your wonderful personality in a whole new way. There was so much that I didn’t really notice before and I have loved seeing you blossom and come into your own. It has been lovely too to see how being separated has actually strengthened the bond between you and Jessica. The joy on your face when we go to pick her up from school, the way you run to the classroom and call “Jekka!” and then give your sister the biggest hug when she appears. Admittedly there are times when I’m not sure whether you are more excited about seeing Jessica or her best friends E and H but it’s still a beautiful moment!
You are such a loving little girl and love to give people big hugs. I love the way that you will climb into my lap and grab my face so I am looking at you before you tell me “I love you much, Mummy!” Every so often, you will stop playing and run over to me to squeeze my arm, or my leg, or give me a big hug. You have the cheekiest little grin which you sometimes use to full effect when you are being a bit of a pickle and know that Mummy is getting a bit cross. That little grin is so very hard to resist! You also have the most wonderful giggle – hearing you laugh is one of the most beautiful sounds in the world.
You love doing jigsaws and can do a 54 piece jigsaw all by yourself. You also managed to write the first two letters of your name the other day which I was very impressed by. You love to draw – although not quite as much as Jessica does – and you are starting to draw faces now with eyes and a smiley mouth. You love small world play and it is lovely to watch you with dollies or Playmobil figures and see the way that you use your imagination.
Darling Sophie, I hope you will always be full of smiles and giggles and fun – and yes that little streak of mischief too! You might be cheeky at times but you are always loveable and you have the ability to charm everyone around you and make them smile at you. Keep that charm, keep that smile and keep that loveable personality and you will go far. Happy birthday beautiful girl – I love you so very much.
Love you millions and billions