she turns 5 today, and with this big milestone, comes all the feelings. for all of us. including eleanor. before bed last night, she professed, i don’t want to turn five! followed quickly with i just want to be twenty! i don’t know where that comment stemmed from, but when she tried to pout as she said it by folding her arms across her chest dramatically as her nose wrinkled up just a bit while she squinted her eyes and furrowed her brow, i noticed all her new found freckles from the australian sun spread across her tiny cheeks and wrinkled nose, and it was like i saw a grown version of her… maybe an eight year old version, maybe a little bit of a twelve year old version, or even a twenty year old version… and while it scared the living daylight out of me, it was also just a little bit endearing. she’s growing up, and there’s no stopping it. i just count my blessings everyday for what a remarkable and good little lady she is growing into.
this birthday marks 5 of the very best years of my life, as her mama. i can’t imagine not knowing eleanor. the joy and love and energy she brings into our family is pure magic. she is forever my baby girl but i’m so proud of the intelligent young lady she is becoming. it is nothing short of a complete pleasure, even mid pout, to be her mother.
i love you for eternity, my eleanor. happy 5th birthday!
a few of my favorite photos…