A letter to my five-year-old

Dear Curly-locks

With great excitement and anticipation, you have been counting down to your fifth birthday for months.

‘How many more sleeps?’ has been your daily, and sometimes more than daily, catch cry.

Guess what, darling heart? There are no more sleeps.

Today, you are five.


You have equated turning five with becoming a proper big girl.

For the better part of this year, you’ve had your mind set on achieving certain things before you turn five. You can now whistle, click your fingers, and you completely blew me and your swimming teacher away at the pool yesterday when you all of a sudden started swimming laps.

You seem to be bubbling over with energy and happiness lately. There is always pure joy on your face and pure joy is undoubtedly what you bring our little family.

Each day you amaze us with how tall you are becoming and how clever, strong, loving and eager to try new things you are.

While dancing is still your passion, you’ve taken a huge interest in acrobatics. You and your sister delight in putting on circus performances for me where you show off your mad handstand and cartwheeling skills.circus-collage

Your hunger for devouring books hasn’t subsided. If I can’t read to you, you take your little sister and cuddle up to her on the couch and read your own version of the story to her. You can’t wait to learn to read properly. We’re going to have fun with the early readers we gave you for your birthday.

Your imagination is still live and well. Fairies seem to be the flavour of the month as you tell us tall tales of Tinkerbell sprinkling fairy dust on your nose during the night, so you can fly with her.

You’re a very kind and caring big sister. If your little sister gets scared watching Peter Rabbit, you will bring her into your nook and cuddle her tightly. If she falls over and I’m not there to help, you tell her she’s okay. I absolutely love that when you were given two $20 notes for your birthday, you said you would give one to her so she could buy something for herself. Your heart is filled with generosity and kindness and there’s not a bad bone in your body.

You’re becoming more and more interested in being active. You love climbing and running and are taking notice of how strong and capable you are.

It’s only six months now until you start prep. While I know you’re afraid of meeting new people and making new friends, we know that it won’t be long before people fall in love with you and you make a new group of friends.

As for me, I will miss you, my first baby girl. We have been tight since the day you were born and I’m certain I will be holding back the tears on your first day.

My sweet angel, I’m so excited for what this year brings for you.

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


Happy birthday, Monkey.

Love Mummy xo

49 comments on A letter to my five-year-old

  1. Jayne
    July 19, 2015 at 9:21 pm (4 years ago)

    Beautiful words πŸ™‚ Happy Birthday big girl xx

    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      July 19, 2015 at 10:17 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Aunty Jayne. Thanks for a great day xx

  2. Susan tyler
    July 19, 2015 at 10:37 pm (4 years ago)

    Happy Birthday to a beautiful girl- her blessings are her loving family. Hope we can meet in person some day!!!

  3. Tash @ Gift Grapevine
    July 19, 2015 at 10:50 pm (4 years ago)

    This is just beautiful Renee! Happy birthday to your monkey – I hope she had a fun day celebrating. 5 is an awesome age – enjoy! xx

    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      July 20, 2015 at 3:16 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks very much, Tash. She had a great day x

  4. Zanni Louise
    July 20, 2015 at 2:49 pm (4 years ago)

    What a beautiful letter! She sounds like an absolute angel! How lucky you are xx

    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      July 20, 2015 at 3:17 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Zanni. Yes, we’re pretty lucky with her πŸ™‚ x

  5. Bec @pinchmebeautiful
    July 20, 2015 at 8:55 pm (4 years ago)

    Aww such a lovely letter. Happy 5th birthday to your young lady. xx

  6. Sam
    July 20, 2015 at 9:01 pm (4 years ago)

    Beautiful! Ps my littlest one gets scared in Peter Rabbit too – I think it’s the owl!

    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      July 22, 2015 at 3:40 pm (4 years ago)

      Tail feathers! The owl is the scariest for sure. Smiley doesn’t like Mr Todd either though πŸ™‚

  7. Jen D
    July 21, 2015 at 8:08 am (4 years ago)

    Happy Birthday! Beautiful letter Renee xx

  8. Vicki @ Knocked Up and Abroad
    July 21, 2015 at 8:24 am (4 years ago)

    Beautiful. She sounds like such a treasure. Happy birthday dancing girl!
    We have someone counting down until they’re five too….

  9. Mumma McD
    July 21, 2015 at 1:38 pm (4 years ago)

    Oh how gorgeous – such a mixture of emotions as we watch them grow! Happy birthday curly locks, have a brilliant day πŸ™‚

  10. Josefa @always Josefa
    July 21, 2015 at 5:56 pm (4 years ago)

    How beautiful Renee, five is precious mixed in with a little melancholy as you realise that school is next and maybe growing up becomes a little faster than we like. I adore that first image in her little tutu, heart melting xx

    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      July 22, 2015 at 3:42 pm (4 years ago)

      I know it’s a mixture of emotions that’s for sure πŸ™‚ x

  11. Malinda @mybrownpaperpackages
    July 21, 2015 at 7:41 pm (4 years ago)

    Aww, this is so beautiful Renee. You’re little, sorry, big girl is clearly a reflection of you and all of the love you have poured into her. You should be very proud.

    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      July 22, 2015 at 3:43 pm (4 years ago)

      That’s very sweet of you to say, Malinda. Thank you x

  12. Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me
    July 21, 2015 at 8:17 pm (4 years ago)

    Aww bless I remember clearly when my Moo was 5 – it’s such a milestone, precious words Ren x

    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      July 22, 2015 at 3:43 pm (4 years ago)

      It really is a milestone. Thanks Em x

  13. Dannielle
    July 21, 2015 at 8:35 pm (4 years ago)

    Oh Renee this is such a beautiful post.
    Love the 2 x $20 moment, that was so sweet and such a credit to you and your husband for the beautiful job you are both doing bringing up those beautiful little girls.
    Belated Happy Birthday wishes to your beautiful monkey xx

    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      July 22, 2015 at 3:44 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you so much, Dannielle πŸ™‚ xx

  14. Kathy
    July 21, 2015 at 8:42 pm (4 years ago)

    That’s very sweet. Hope she had a beautiful birthday – lucky girl to have you as a mumma.

  15. Toni @ Finding Myself Young
    July 21, 2015 at 10:49 pm (4 years ago)

    Oh how did I miss this post! Happy belated birthday curly locks! You’re only 2 days younger than my niece πŸ™‚ And turning 5 is totally the measure for becoming a big girl πŸ™‚

  16. [email protected]
    July 22, 2015 at 12:04 pm (4 years ago)

    Gorgeous pics! Gorgeous letter! What is that in my eye?? I remember when my little curlylocks (yes my little girl had lovely golden curls) was five – such a gorgeous age. They are pure joy! Enjoy her as I am sure you will πŸ™‚ xo

  17. [email protected] The Builders Wife
    July 22, 2015 at 12:40 pm (4 years ago)

    I must be honest, I’ve put off reading this post because I was afraid I would cry, so I’ve waited until no one was home, and good thing I did! My tissue box and I love, the love you have for your darling girl. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful gift for your daughter. xxx

    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      July 22, 2015 at 3:46 pm (4 years ago)

      Oh Nicole. What lovely words. Thank you so much. Big hugs x

  18. Adam E
    July 23, 2015 at 1:58 am (4 years ago)

    Beautiful Ren, just beautiful.

  19. [email protected] Baby Brothers
    July 23, 2015 at 5:34 am (4 years ago)

    Aww, what a beautiful way to remember her fifth birthday in the future! I love this and may copy for my boys as they have birthdays πŸ™‚

    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      July 26, 2015 at 1:47 pm (4 years ago)

      You should, Haidee. It’s a great memento to keep.

  20. Sam
    July 27, 2015 at 12:26 pm (4 years ago)

    This was beautiful and bought a tear to my eye. My little girl is 5 1/2 at the moment. She started prep at the beginning of this year, and while it has been a huge learning curve for her, she was so ready to embrace it.

    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      August 6, 2015 at 9:04 pm (4 years ago)

      Oh that is just so wonderful to hear, Sam!!

  21. Jane Lamason
    July 27, 2015 at 12:36 pm (4 years ago)

    So sweet. My two are 11 and 14 now. I miss the cute little girls they were but I love the beautiful, caring girls they have become.

  22. Claire @ Life on Wallace
    August 4, 2015 at 9:51 pm (4 years ago)

    It’s official Renee, our kids are a perfect match. My biggest lad shares his birthday with your daughter! How weird is that!

    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      August 6, 2015 at 9:06 pm (4 years ago)

      Very weird, Claire! Our two five year olds are definitely meant to be πŸ™‚

  23. Heart
    August 8, 2015 at 2:40 am (4 years ago)

    Oh! That’s very sweet.Riceiving a letter is very heart-warming that someone remembers us.


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