Today You Are Five
Today you are five.
Five years ago, as it is today, it was a Monday. Middle of the night/very early morning. We had gone to the hospital, 12 days before our due date, thinking we had another random issue with leaking fluid and would be sent back home.
Within ten minutes, they told us we were having a baby. Our first. That night.
Today you are starting to discover a world beyond cartoons.
Today you are spending more and more time up in your room, playing on your own.
Today you get joy like no other out of making your little brother laugh.
Today you are a pretty picky eater. You like grapes, bananas and apples, but only green ones. You like peas, carrots, green beans and corn. Not much else in the fruits and vegetables circle.
Today you love chocolate.
Today you weigh about 45 lbs.
Today you can learn the words to almost any song after hearing it two times.
Today you have a strict uniform of t-shirt, jeans, hoodie and sneakers. Hair in a ponytail.
Today you don’t like dresses.
Today you do love the colors pink and purple.
Today you are off the charts in height.
Today you are using words like hypothesis, coagulate and meticulous. Not always in the right context, but you use them.
Today you are on the cusp of reading.
Today your eyes light up an entire room when you smile. I never thought I could love hazel so much.
Today you are polite. And respectful. And kind. And compassionate.
Today you are still young enough to say you love me. To tell me I am the best mama in the world. To tell me I am your best friend.
Today you love to play with the boys.
Today you are a budding artist, losing yourself with a box of crayons and a stack of paper for hours at a time.
Today you love your alphabet blankie.
Today you make me proud. A pride I had never felt before you came into my life.
Today, my daughter, you are five.
Happy birthday, Little D.