the eve of a birthday is always a little bitter sweet for me. it's so strange to look at the sweet little face of your 4 year old and think how much she has grown, and how you are helpless at stopping time! i think it's the one part of parenting no one ever warned me about, how you love all the new stages and growth, yet still mourn the passage of time and all the loss of all the little baby and toddler things.
but this girl is ready to move on. up until now, she has been my little mommy's girl. she chose not to go to pre-school this year in favor of a homeschool program. she prefers home to a playdate and loves that i am her soccer coach. but recently she has blossomed. she's fierce on the field. she's braver in social situations. and she's desperate for kindergarten to get going. this girl is ready for 5!
so, goodnight 4, it's been a really great year.
(here's to hoping her nose rug-burn heals up for her birthday photoshoot! like i said, she's become braver, getting this injury surfing down the stairs at Leila's house!)