Today is my third anniversary of becoming a mum.
That’s right folks, it is my baby girl Curly-locks’ third birthday!
I am forever grateful for every second I get to spend with this darling, little girl. Our life together is full of tender moments that fill my heart with love and happiness. She has brought more love, sunshine, and laughter into my life than I ever imagined possible. She has helped me to grow as a person, teaching me daily about love, life, and myself.
I could write a book about the lessons Curly-locks has taught me, (God knows I’ve learned the true meaning of patience and persistence in the past few years) but today I will share just three of my favourites in celebration of her third birthday.
Dare to dream
Curly-locks dreams big. She will come to me with her beautiful, brown eyes wide with wonder and wave her hands around in an animated fashion as she elaborately informs me of her plans for the future.
‘When I grow up, I will be the Queen, you will be the princess, Daddy will be the prince, and baby Smiley will be a dwarf’.
I laugh. That’s my girl. Aim high!
And if that wasn’t high enough, ‘I am going to do some spins, some twirls, and then jump up into the sky, grab some stars, and sit on the clouds.’
Her willingness to believe the impossible is possible and her boundless confidence in herself inspires me.
Up until recently, I had lost sight of myself and my dreams were non-existent. I was caught up in mundane rituals muddling through the same old because it was comfortable and safe.
Curly-locks has reminded me of the magic in dreaming big and bold, and how exhilarating it can be when you follow those dreams.
Dance like no-one’s watching and sing like no-one’s listening
These days, the best days are when I get totally lost in the moment playing with Curly-locks.
We will dress up and play princesses, we will chase each other around the house pretending to be dinosaurs, and we will tickle each other until we are crying with laughter.
I have not danced and sang as much in years as I do with her now. We dance daily, several times a day. Crazy, silly dancing. Dancing like no-one’s watching and God it feels good.
Curly-locks has reminded me of how good it feels to be silly again and how freeing it is to express myself in ways I would ordinarily be too embarrassed to express myself in. I don’t need to take life so seriously all the time. It is important to let loose every now and then.
Dress like a princess every day
At least two or three times a week, Curly-locks likes to don her princess crown and gorgeous Wizard of Oz ruby slippers a special friend of mine gave her.
On some occasions, she has even chosen to walk around in just her crown, undies, and ruby slippers. Why the hell not?
It’s a lesson for me to not save my good clothes for a rainy day and to wear them now. Sure, they will get baby food and God knows what else on them, but I’ll be looking good while I’m doing it. It’s a confidence thing for me. If I look good, I feel good about myself.
If only I had some ruby slippers …
What lessons have your children taught you?