7 Years of Amelia Rose

My sweet baby girl, today you are seven years old and you have your whole amazing life before you. Little lady, without you I wouldn't be able to call myself a mother. You’ve changed my life for the better in every way and I will always be so grateful for you. As soon as you came into the world and I gazed into the those beautiful eyes I knew that you were going to change my whole world. Your patience, compassion, empathy and kindness has taught me so much.

I love you more than you’ll ever know and I am so very proud of who you are. Your heart is a beauty and full of love. You have freckles that dust your nose and make your green eyes stand out. You lost your first tooth this year and have a little gap in your top teeth that I think is the cutest little detail about your seven year old little girl face. I know you will change a lot this year. But I want to always remember your hilarious little girl giggle, your tiny toes, the way you love to swish your dresses.

I want to remember your little hand in mine when you sneak into my bed in the night and the way you tickle my face and sing you are my sunshine. The way you love everything and everyone around you so deeply that you inspire me to do so too.

You truly have changed my life and continue to inspire me to be a better version of myself. I'm forever grateful and so thankful to be your mama.

I could sit here and tell you all about the adventures we shared together this year little lady, the places we have been and the memories we have made, sharing photos of your beaming smile as you finally got to meet your new best friend, Winston. The way you love to run across the fields at Carperby, listening to my stories as a little girl and ate as much ice-cream as you possibly could. These memories are perfect.

There are countless moments in life I could list when I have been proud of you Amelia-Rose. The day you said your first word or your first day of nursery or of school, when you walked straight inside without a second look back, or your first nativity when you beamed with pride as Angel Gabriel, not wanting to give the microphone back to your teacher because you made your audience laugh. It was YOUR audience.

And honestly holding your hand one last moment as you were taken away for your operation, was a moment that I will never forget. You were the bravest, most courageous little girl we have ever known and I wish I could have had even half of your bravery that day as we put our faith in the hands of the surgeon and began the worlds longest wait.

It wasn't a surprise when we woke you up and you smile straight away. My beautiful girl. As you know it's not a memory we often want to look back on, but remembering it makes me really admire you and your strength. You are such a special little girl who never sees the bad in anything, even after everything that happened. You have such a kind and pure soul and anyone should be lucky to have you in their lives.

Remembering those years ago after your operation you amazed us all with the way you bounced right back, acting as though nothing at all had happened. Always reassuring me that you were alright. Dealing with that time was the hardest thing I've ever had to deal with, I don't think I could have got through it without you my beautiful little girl. We have a little saying now, you're my little brave tiger and I'm your mama cheetah. Always baby girl. Never forget that

Perhaps thus year didn’t turn out quite as we had planned, and maybe it wasn’t the year we would travel to all of the places we had hoped to, but it turns out this time at home together was exactly what we needed and I don’t think I have ever seen you happier. Your self confidence and your ability to express yourself has soared, you are articulate and intuitive and completely unafraid to be different, and you have honestly never been more beautiful because of it.

I will always treasure this time during the lockdown and lockdown 2.0. I'm amazed by the little person you have become and I cannot wait to see what else is in store for you.

Happy 7th Birthday Little Lady.