A letter to my four-year-old

Dear Curly-locks

With your brand new Queen Elsa dress on and a smile that would light up the night sky, you placed your hand firmly in mine.

We walked together in silence and anticipation.

Your fourth birthday, a hot topic of conversation for months, had finally arrived.

We had so much fun planning this day, you and I.

We carefully selected party invites (princess of course), negotiated with great seriousness the number of friends you could invite, and pored over cake books to find the perfect one for me to create (a princess castle). Oh and the party bags, you dedicated yourself to that project like a true party planner.

Turning four is all you’ve been able to talk about lately.

You have thought nothing of telling anyone and everyone about your impending party and have ensured all staff at our local supermarket are kept up-to-date with how many sleeps you had to go.

Yesterday afternoon you delighted in announcing to your favourite checkout lady that you weren’t ‘swee’ anymore, you were finally four!

In all of the craziness of late with you and your sister sick and me busy planning your party, I haven’t had a chance to write a birthday letter to you until now. So here it is, albeit a little late.

Happy birthday, my darling four-year-old.

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How did you get to be so big and beautiful and clever and funny?

As I watched you laugh and play with your friends over the weekend, I realised you’ve truly left any signs of toddlerhood behind.

I can’t pinpoint exactly when it happened. You have seemingly transformed into a proper little girl right before our eyes.

You are increasingly inquisitive about the world around you, whether it’s me teaching you letters and numbers or Daddy teaching you to rock climb. You hungrily take it all in and beg us for more.

Your obsession with princesses shows no sign of waning anytime soon. Virtually everyday you don a princess outfit, heels and tiara, and immerse yourself in an imaginary world of princesses, prince charmings, castles and fairy godmothers.

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If you’re not singing Frozen, you’re sitting on the end of your bed brushing your hair while singing Rapunzel’s song. Meanwhile, your collection of imaginary friends grows by the day.

You dance and skip around the house with not a care in the world.

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You are kind, caring and loving toward your little sister despite the fact that she is in a biting, hitting and pinching phase and you usually face the brunt of it. You still can’t help but smother that ‘cheeky baby’ with kisses.

We are so lucky, beautiful girl, to have a truly special little soul like you in our lives.

Happy birthday, monkey.

Love Mummy xo

Linking up today with Jess for IBOT.

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58 comments on A letter to my four-year-old

  1. Neets
    July 22, 2014 at 6:57 am (3 years ago)

    Just beautiful Renee. Happy belated birthday Curly-locks. Really wish our princesses could play together. They are so alike xxx

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    • Renee Wilson
      July 22, 2014 at 10:41 pm (3 years ago)

      Me too, Neets! They would be so cute together x

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  2. Lydia C. Lee
    July 22, 2014 at 7:35 am (3 years ago)

    The ballet photo is beautiful. you really captured the moment. Lovely post – she’ll love it when she’s older (and can read it!)

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  3. Zanni
    July 22, 2014 at 7:37 am (3 years ago)

    Ahhhh… Happy birthday to your sweet girl! Xx

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  4. Caitlin
    July 22, 2014 at 9:28 am (3 years ago)

    Oh this is just lovely. How delightful to have a little princess obsessed four year old dancing through your house. It’s these moments that we treasure forever, right?

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    • Renee Wilson
      July 22, 2014 at 10:44 pm (3 years ago)

      That’s for sure. Yes, it is oh so lovely πŸ™‚

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  5. Jodi Gibson (JF Gibson Writer)
    July 22, 2014 at 10:34 am (3 years ago)

    Just gorgeous! Four is the age you realise your baby is growing up. Pride and sadness at the same time. πŸ™‚

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    • Renee Wilson
      July 22, 2014 at 10:44 pm (3 years ago)

      Hit the nail on the head, Jodi xx

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  6. Vicki @ Knocked Up and Abroad
    July 22, 2014 at 10:48 am (3 years ago)

    Oh she is so lovely! Happy Birthday little princess!
    Parties are big business at 4! I have a nearly 4 year old who has been asking if it’s the day for a good 6 months now! πŸ™‚

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    • Renee Wilson
      July 22, 2014 at 10:45 pm (3 years ago)

      I think they finally get what is going on. It’s the first time I’ve felt she’s really been excited about a party and having friends there.

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  7. Toni
    July 22, 2014 at 11:45 am (3 years ago)

    Happy birthday to curly-locks! My niece turned 4 last week too and we have a big one year old birthday this week too. Seems July is the birthday month for so many people I know.

    I totally understand the party planning process. I’ve been at it for months and still so much to do and its this weekend! Eeek.

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    • Renee Wilson
      July 22, 2014 at 10:46 pm (3 years ago)

      Toni I can’t wait to see how the party turns out. You look like you’re going all out. It’s going to be such a special occasion. She is one lucky girl.

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    • Renee Wilson
      July 22, 2014 at 10:46 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you, Michelle πŸ™‚

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  8. Bec @ The Plumbette
    July 22, 2014 at 12:40 pm (3 years ago)

    Love it Renee. Esther turns four next month and I’m planning a small Frozen themed party for her too. They grow up so quick!

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    • Renee Wilson
      July 22, 2014 at 10:47 pm (3 years ago)

      Oooh exciting!! Can’t wait to see the pics πŸ™‚

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  9. NΓ©e Say
    July 22, 2014 at 2:42 pm (3 years ago)

    What a beautiful letter to your princess. I hope she had a wonderful birthday.

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    • Renee Wilson
      July 22, 2014 at 10:47 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Renee. She sure did.

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  10. Robyn (Mrs D)
    July 22, 2014 at 2:43 pm (3 years ago)

    So lovely Renee. Happy Birthday little curly-locks xx

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  11. Lauren @ Create Bake Make
    July 22, 2014 at 2:51 pm (3 years ago)

    I love the ballerina photo, she is just so precious! Happy birthday sweet girl and a big well done to Mum & Dad for raising such a lovely little girl x

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  12. EssentiallyJess
    July 22, 2014 at 2:55 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh happy birthday!
    My littlest is 4 next week but she doesn’t want to be 4. She just wants a baby (doll) and to stay 3. πŸ™‚

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    • Renee Wilson
      July 22, 2014 at 10:48 pm (3 years ago)

      Aww bless, Jess. That is so darn cute!

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  13. Danielle L
    July 22, 2014 at 3:13 pm (3 years ago)

    What a lovely treasure for her to discover and read when she is older!

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    • Renee Wilson
      July 22, 2014 at 10:49 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Danielle πŸ™‚

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  14. Carla from My Yellow Heart
    July 22, 2014 at 3:14 pm (3 years ago)

    Happy birthday Curly- locks. Hope you enjoy your birthday party. Frozen themed I’m assuming….??

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    • Renee Wilson
      July 22, 2014 at 10:50 pm (3 years ago)

      If only, Carla. The merch was too hard to get πŸ™‚

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  15. Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me
    July 22, 2014 at 6:36 pm (3 years ago)

    A very sweet letter that she will love to read when she’s old enough! I feel a bit sad that Moo is older and hasn’t really got into Frozen as much as those a little younger than her!

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    • Renee Wilson
      July 22, 2014 at 10:50 pm (3 years ago)

      Aww. It’s probably a good thing πŸ™‚

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  16. Kathy
    July 22, 2014 at 7:48 pm (3 years ago)

    Very sweet and some beautiful photos capturing her 4 year old loveliness. It really is a great age (well most of the time) and I’m sure you and Curly Locks are going to enjoy it.

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  17. Hope @NannyShecando
    July 22, 2014 at 7:58 pm (3 years ago)

    So very precious. Definitely a letter for that special box of childhood memories and relics. xx

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    • Renee Wilson
      July 22, 2014 at 10:51 pm (3 years ago)

      Yes, indeed! Thanks Hope x

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  18. Emma Fahy Davis
    July 22, 2014 at 7:58 pm (3 years ago)

    Happy birthday Curly Locks! We have some big Frozen fans in our house too!

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  19. Lauren - Gold Coast Mum
    July 22, 2014 at 11:31 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh I love this!
    Seems like our Miss 4’s have a lot in common and would be superb buddies – singing their hearts out to Frozen no doubt. πŸ˜‰ Happy Birthday x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 23, 2014 at 12:53 pm (3 years ago)

      Oh I can just picture it, Lauren πŸ™‚ x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 23, 2014 at 12:56 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Deb πŸ™‚ xx

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  20. Lucy @ Bake Play Smile
    July 23, 2014 at 1:16 pm (3 years ago)

    Aww what a gorgeous little lady you have there Renee. I love that she’s no long ‘swee’!!! How cute. And no birthday would be complete without a Queen Elsa dress lol!! What a beautiful day it sounds like it was!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 23, 2014 at 8:37 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Lucy. It really was a lovely day x

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  21. May
    July 23, 2014 at 1:39 pm (3 years ago)

    That is lovely and I’m so glad she brings you this much joy. She seems to be so bubbly and energetic! Must keep you very busy πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 23, 2014 at 8:38 pm (3 years ago)

      She sure does, May. Thanks for dropping in πŸ™‚

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  22. Tegan
    July 23, 2014 at 6:52 pm (3 years ago)

    Happy Birthday Curly Locks. It really does feel like you blink and miss so much at this age!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 23, 2014 at 8:38 pm (3 years ago)

      Oh I know, Tegan. You would know all about it with your Mr 4!

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  23. iSophie
    July 24, 2014 at 11:34 am (3 years ago)

    She is beautiful! Happy Birthday. 4 is such an anticipated birthday. Almost like it is the real beginning of being a big kid. #teamIBOT

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 29, 2014 at 10:55 pm (3 years ago)

      Yes, that really is what it feels like πŸ™‚

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  24. DruimΓ©@SnippetsandSpirits
    July 26, 2014 at 2:56 pm (3 years ago)

    I had tears in my eyes. Beautiful. My little man turned 4 also two weeks ago. I felt all sentimental about him growing up. Hope you had fun at the party.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 29, 2014 at 10:57 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you! I hope your little one had a lovely day too πŸ™‚

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