A letter to my seven-year-old

To my darling seven-year-old

We awoke at the same time on your seventh birthday.

With the late sunrise and block-out blinds in New Zealand, it was easy to sleep in.

As we ran into each other on our way to the bathroom, you gave me a smile that made my heart melt.

You nestled into me for a birthday cuddle as we caught a glimpse of a stunning sunrise outside. We opened the blinds to reveal the morning sky being painted pink and purple over snow-capped mountains. Your favourite colours – what a great way to kick off your birthday celebrations!

The plan for your birthday – a much talked about event – was to go ice skating at Lake Tekapo. You were itching to get there as soon as you woke up, but with Daddy stopping at every bend to take photos of the beautiful scenery, it seemed to take an eternity to get to the open air rink.

Lake Tekapo ice skate
As soon as I fastened your skates and helmet, you stepped boldly onto the ice. It was only your third time ice skating, but you were brimming with happiness and confidence. Nothing could stop you.

A short year ago, you wouldn’t have been brave enough to do this. It’s amazing what a difference a year can make.

You have started to come into your own, my little love. You’re happy, bubbly, very chatty, have a curious mind and are a sensitive and nurturing soul.

You’ve formed a strong network of friends at school. I love to hear you talking about them and sharing happy stories of what games you get up to. It makes me unbelievably happy to know that our once shy little girl has found her place at school.

You are still crazy about dancing, which reminds me we need to buy you new tap shoes. Argh! You are growing too fast! You and your sister love nothing more than rocking out to your current faves Taylor ‘Smith’, Ed Sheeran and Katy Perry. Meanwhile, you and I love burning up the living room floor to Just Dance. When we started the Watch me routine together, I knew instantly you were my little soul sister on the dance floor.

Now watch me whip
Watch me nae nae
Now watch me whip whip
Watch me nae nae
Ooh watch me, watch me
Ooh watch me, watch me
Ooh watch me, watch me
Ooh ooh ooh ooh

At swimming each week, you are getting stronger and more confident. Lap after lap you swim without a complaint. And then there’s the rock climbing. Daddy loves to push you out of your comfort zone more than you’d like. You resist at first, but then become filled with pride when you realise just how brave and strong you are.

You are devouring books at the moment knocking off an Ella and Olivia or Billie B. Brown in the blink of an eye. I love it when you take yourself into your bedroom for some quiet time reading and I love it even more when you take the pen and papers from underneath your bed after I’ve tucked you in and write until you fall asleep.

You’re almost too big to fit in my lap these days, but it doesn’t stop me from wanting to wrap you up in my arms and hold you.

Your daddy and sister and I are so grateful to have you in our lives. Thank you for being you and for brightening our each and every day.

Happy (belated) birthday, Monkey. We love you.

Love Mummy xx

Linking up today with Kylie Purtell for IBOT.

13 comments on A letter to my seven-year-old

  1. Susan
    August 8, 2017 at 5:50 am (2 years ago)

    We so enjoy your posts, Renee. Hard to believe how quickly your girls are growing!! The pictures help keep us in touch with the Wilsons, thanks .

  2. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    August 8, 2017 at 7:09 am (2 years ago)

    She’s growing so fast, but so fabulously – hope seven is her best year yet! What a magic way to spend a birthday! She’s lucky to be so loved and to have you as her mumma xx

  3. Nicole @ The Builder's Wife
    August 8, 2017 at 7:21 am (2 years ago)

    I love that you do this Renee, I do wish I had done similar when my kids were young. What a gift! xx

  4. [email protected]
    August 8, 2017 at 7:38 am (2 years ago)

    Such a lovely read Renee! Happy 7th birthday to your gorgeous girl. What a lovely age. I so miss my kids being little sometimes. Enjoy these lovely days! 🙂

  5. Denyse
    August 8, 2017 at 3:21 pm (2 years ago)

    Such a special birthday letter for your dear daughter! She is doing so much to show how much she loves life! She is blessed to have you and Dave as her parents! Denyse xx

  6. Janet Camilleri aka Middle Aged Mama
    August 8, 2017 at 7:08 pm (2 years ago)

    Isn’t it amazing how quickly kids pick up ice skating! Wish I’d had the chance when I was a young ‘un. Happy birthday to your girl 🙂

  7. Vanessa
    August 8, 2017 at 7:48 pm (2 years ago)

    It sounds like 7 will be a great year for her 🙂

  8. Robyna May
    August 8, 2017 at 8:29 pm (2 years ago)

    Happy birthday lovely little one. What a precious bond you two share xxx

  9. Bron @four2adore
    August 8, 2017 at 10:00 pm (2 years ago)

    Gorgeous post, Renee! I love these. Something so precious to reflect on in years to come. And that open air ice rink is amazing!


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