I didn't make it back yesterday to post birthday thoughts, because we were busy doing birthday things. Kind of like 6 years ago when I was busy birthing our princess and didn't get to make notes or process what had happened until the next day (sometimes I think I'm still processing it). Yesterday her birthday fell on a Thursday, just like when she was born. What's the "thursday's child..." part of the rhyme? I always forget. Anyway, in honour of her, here are 6 things about MY Thursday child...
1. This was over way too quickly. We loved snuggling up with her from day one. Just holding her and feeling her breathe beside us. I would nap with her lying on my chest every afternoon. In the evenings after she nursed and fell asleep I would just hold her. We never did the co-sleeping thing, but boy did we love to snuggle. She rarely cuddled in closer to us though, and by 4 months would often push at us to get more room. By 6 months, she would sit and play and have a very large personal space that we weren't to invade without her getting really cranky. She still likes to sit on my lap to be read to, and sometimes will sit close when we're watching a movie, but she's never been a snuggler. Miss Independant, basically right from the beginning; she likes to do things on her own...unless she can con one of her peons into doing it FOR her. But with her? Forget it.
2. smiles and dimples. The Princess smiled from the beginning. We have one of those fill in the blank baby books and there's a blank for first smile. Well, she smiled at our friend MaryLou that first evening in the hospital. That's also when MaryLou noticed the dimples. The next day we got her smiling at us, and there were the dimples: three adorable cute ones. After that it was easy to get her to flash the dimples at us. If we smiled at her, she'd always smile back. She also had some sweet dreams, because she'd laugh in her sleep. Little baby smiles and chuckles. It was adorable. After a few months, we got looking closely at her smile one day and noticed not 3, but 5 dimples. We were floored. 5 dimples? Seriously, who needs that many dimples? It was cute overload! Suits her though. Then, a few months and several teeth later, we went to point out the 5 dimples and found....7. SEVEN dimples of varying sizes and depths in her face when she smiles. What a dimple hog! Her siblings have their own dimples too though, so I guess we didn't use them all up on the first baby. :)
3. Hats. I hate them. Won't wear them unless it's bitterly cold out or I'm already feeling the symptoms of heatstroke. I naturally expected my kids to have the same aversion. Nope. This girl LOVES hats. As a baby, the first thing she started doing when she'd play was to put things on her head (the second was to put things on her feet, but our budget is controlling her shoe urges for now). She likes wearing hats all the time, in every weather, and often changes which hat she wears. She's gone through a lot of different shapes and styles and materials and she loves them all.
4. Little "friends". She likes to play with small toys, not big. Understandable when she was little and wanted something her size to manipulate, but she's never outgrown it, this preference for things miniature. She collects them, lines them up, enacts stories with them, etc. Her first attachment was these "MegaBlocks" characters. Then it was little teddy bears that McDonalds did as a promotion, dinosaurs, whales, etc. Right now it's those "Littlest Pet Shop" critters. She has barbies, stuffed animals, etc, but rarely plays with them. She prefers handheld friends. Fortunately, she HAS outgrown the habit of carrying two or three with her at all times.
5. Why did I pick Princess for her secret blog nickname? Because she reminds me of one (and thinks she should be one). Right from the beginning, she has had such grace in her movements. She had wonderful control of her hands from birth and would clasp them so gently and carefully. Her movements always seem precise and planned. I'm always surprised somehow that she has to learn how to do things or sometimes spills or has accidents like any child. She just seems above it all. She also loves to dress up, the dressier the better. Every day that she can't wear a dress is a sad day. She loves all the girly girly things (except having her hair done). We had a "Mommy Makeover" day in Kindergarten last year, where the kids did the Mom's makeup, just a silly little thing for Mother's Day, and when she was done....I looked good! She had a gentle, subtle touch; and since I don't wear makeup it's totally natural. I don't think I'll worry overmuch about this one painting her face as a teenager. I think she'll continue to do a great job. She likes to dance and twirl and do everything EXACTLY correct. She's very concerned with rules and approval. Really, I expect a member of the royal family to claim her back any day now.
6. Every moment of my life is better because she's in it. Children are a miracle and she is one of mine. Every day she makes me want to be better and teaches me something new. I'm still not sure how 6 years went by this fast. Watching her grow is a joy and a heartache. She challenges me and pushes every one of my buttons, and she rewards me and makes it all worthwhile. I love you Princess! (Just remember that I'm still Queen around here, not one of your servants!) Let's see what we can become in the next 6 years!