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Today You Are Seven

2014 April 9


Today you are seven.

Seven is my lucky number, so I feel like this is going to be a lucky year for you.

Today you are in first grade. A proud first grader. A first grader who loves to walk on the kindergarten yard, knowing she is a first grader.

Today you are still a voracious reader (see last year). I mean incredibly voracious. You read in the car, you read at the table, you read standing up, you read sitting down. You read while you’re trying to walk down the street…and it doesn’t always work out so well.

Today you weigh just over 50 lbs. At 4’3″, you are achingly tall. I say achingly because you suffer from growing pains often in the middle of the night, your limbs stretching and expanding faster than your little body can handle.

Today you are kind. A kind that I have frankly never known in my life. So selfless. So considerate. So patient and sweet. You are the kindest person I have ever known.

Today you are warming up to the life of a girl. Occasionally, you pick pink over blue. And once in a while you like to get your nails painted in sparkly colors. And you have decided you can sit through a princess cartoon or two.

Today you can ride a two-wheeler, swim like a fish and ski. You learned it all in one year. What a year.

Today you are into mysteries and detectives and solving problems. You even made your own little business cards with a friend: “Need a Problem Solved? Call Us.” Then you passed them around the entire school with our home phone number on them.

Today you are into singing and dancing and performing.

Today you love to live life by the rules.

Today you chose to go to Disneyland to celebrate. You said you would wake up in the middle of the night to get ready for an early departure.

Today you are a mama’s girl. You love your daddy and you love your brother, but you need your mama.

Today you are into Converse.

Today you are sensitive when you least expect it, silly when you need to be and thoughtful when the world needs you to be.

Today you love your little brother. You sneak in hugs and kisses with him when no one is looking. He shrugs them off in typical three-year-old fashion, but he appreciates every single one, I can tell.

Today you love chocolate and bagels with cream cheese and pasta. You have also taken a nice liking to salmon.

Today you are seven. And you are not the only one who is lucky…we are beyond lucky to know you and to love you.

Happy birthday, Little D.

8 Responses leave one →
  1. Jennifer permalink
    April 9, 2014

    Happy, Happy Birthday Little D (I can’t remember if you use her actual name so just in case). I can’t believe it was seven years ago- it seems like just yesterday I was visiting your mama in the hospital. Have fun at Disneyland! xo

  2. Karsha permalink
    April 9, 2014

    Tears, dammit. Tears every time I ready your blog. Happy Birthday, Little D! Lots of love from LA!!!!

  3. Rachel permalink
    April 9, 2014

    Beautiful. What a milestone and what a gift she will have to read this one day.

  4. April 10, 2014

    This really makes me look forward to having kids one day! Little D sounds like such a special girl.

    Also, I was a similarly voracious reader at her age, and still am! Being a reader is one of the things I like best about myself. Growing up (and now) it made me dream bigger, a more emotionally able friend and family member, a passport-carrier to distant worlds. Here’s to reading and birthdays!

    Thanks for the awesome entry!

  5. elizabeth permalink
    April 10, 2014

    I love these special posts to your children. They give me chills. I’m sure they don’t read them, but you should definitely show them one day, when they are grown. I would love to know what I was like and what my interests were as a child.

    • WWGD permalink*
      April 10, 2014

      Thank you so much. That’s definitely the goal – one day to be able to print them out and put them in a book for each of them 🙂

  6. Leslie permalink
    April 10, 2014

    Love these posts about your kids. They are so touching. They make me feel so lucky to be a mom and that’s the best feeling – so thank you 🙂

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