A letter to my daughter on her 4th birthday PDF Print E-mail
Written by OHmommy   
Thursday, 24 February 2011 08:15

Dearest Feenie,

 

Today you turn four.

 

I've sat before my computer staring at that statement for too long wondering, of course, where the time has gone. You've lectured me about how important it is to turn four so that you can, on your tippy tippy toes, reach the cereal shelf in the pantry like your siblings. I've begged you to hit the pause button just allowing me a couple of extra days to get used to the idea. "But if I never turn four den I never turn five and den I never tall enough, like this." When you speak every muscle in your body is on stage. Your eyes grow double in size. Your arms navigate your words through sweeps and claps. You are so incredibly dramatic. It's simply fascinating.

 

Feb24-3

 

That tenacious spirit of yours is infectious. People around you linger in your presence, craving more. Random mothers at preschool stop to ask me, "Is she yours? She's just so... cute." Strangers peer out of their car windows and smile when we make our weekly pilgrimage to Target. At the grocery store elderly shoppers stop to observe you singing to the produce, your repertoire changes each week mimicking everything from Barney to Usher. Everything you do, you do with copious amounts of rainbows sashaying around you.

 

feb24-1

 

You've never know anything but love, my dearest Feenie. Daddy says that I love you too much and he has the dental records to prove it. You are the first to rise and the first in our bed. "I no like being alone" you whisper each morning. I flatten out the sheets between us and invite you in. Your toes make it into the palms of my hand, my nose reaches your neck and I grind the teeth God gave me out of the crazy love I have for you. I blame time.

 

Feb24-5

 

 

I have too much time, to love you. Years younger than your siblings we are inseparable and alone together for most of the day. Prolonged cuddles dominate our afternoons. I find myself lost in your world of make believe listening to your energetic stories of mermaids, fairies and sharks - a perfect blend of sparkle and spunk. Much like you.

 

Feb24-4

 

You want to be a dolphin trainer who also works on sharks when you grow up. Your favorite color is pink but sometimes aqua. You can write the first three letters of your nine letter name. Your teachers say that you keep them on their toes. You get what you want, when you want it, always. You spend hours coloring and never go outside of the lines. You beg for tickles. You rock at sword fighting in a tutu. You are one of a kind, my dearest sweetest most colorful Feenie. Happy fourth birthday.

 

All the love in the universe,

Mama


First birthday. Second birthday. Third birthday.

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 February 2011 08:40
 

Comments  

 
# Marinka 2011-02-24 08:29
I teared up reading this too. You're all so lucky to have each other. Here's to a great 4th birthday!
 
 
# Dena 2011-02-24 08:30
I love that she swordfights in a tutu. And the whole bit about singing to the produce? My daughter used to run straight to the cucumbers and hug "Larryboy"...I had NO idea what this was. SHE introduced ME to VeggieTales.

Happy birthday, Feenie!
 
 
# haniaski 2011-02-24 08:39
Happy 4th birthday Feenie!:)
 
 
# Scary Mommy 2011-02-24 08:40
I loved every word of this, and I've so loved getting to know your infectious girl over the last 3 years.
 
 
# kasia 2011-02-24 08:45
Love that every muscle is on stage. She is amazing. Happy bday feennie and let me know if u get package.
 
 
# DE Heather 2011-02-24 08:45
Happy birthday to a special little girl and happy Birth Day to her mama too!
 
 
# Green Dog Wine 2011-02-24 09:22
So. sweet. :)
 
 
# Laurie 2011-02-24 09:38
She is just darling! My youngest will be 4 next month, and I'm SO not ready for it!! Like you, I often wish time could stand still, just for a bit longer!! Say, I really love these posts you're doing, but can you PLEASE hurry up with "My life: part 2". I've been dying to read more!!
 
 
# Managed Chaos 2011-02-24 09:45
Everything you do, you do with copious amounts of rainbows sashaying around you...what a wonderful way to describe your baby girl. Or as she might say...I no baby...I ah big girl now.

Happy birthday Feenie!
 
 
# Krystyn 2011-02-24 10:01
Awwwww......such a perfectly sweet birthday letter.

Happy birthday, Feenie.
 
 
# Rima 2011-02-24 10:42
Happy Birthday to the Feenster! This is such an awesome post. I think you captured her essence perfectly!
 
 
# Jo Ashline 2011-02-24 11:03
aww honey. This is such a beautiful tribute to your daughter. I can only imagine the joy it will bring her someday. What a precious gift you have given her; what a wonderful mother you are.
Kocham.
 
 
# Elaine 2011-02-24 11:44
I wish I could meet your super lovable and cute Feenie. I would love to know her personality IRL!! Happy Birthday to her. Where DOES the time go?? Geez.
 
 
# GreenInOC 2011-02-24 11:56
I am always in awe of her hair - she seems to have a perfect head shape making her cuts always gorgeous!

Happy Birthday Ms. Feenie!

BTW, what is that flooring in the first picture? Love it!
 
 
# PJ Mullen 2011-02-24 12:42
Happy Birthday Feenie!
 
 
# Loukia 2011-02-24 14:30
If I get pregnant before BlogHer, I FULLY blame you.

Happy Birthday to your youngest, to your baby.

Damn it... must re-apply eye make-up at work now...
 
 
# alexandra 2011-02-24 14:44
Oh, my goodness. What a treasure for you to offer her.

Will you get this printed out for her?

It's so beautiful...

Happy Birthday, sweet baby girl! Your mama loves you so.
 
 
# Amy 2011-02-24 15:18
Beautiful letter....has LOVE written all over it!
 
 
# Tara R. 2011-02-24 15:31
Such a precious love letter to your little Feenie.
 
 
# dysfunctional mom 2011-02-25 01:18
Through your beautiful words, we love her too! Happy Birthday to Feenie.
 
 
# Jill 2011-02-25 01:39
happy happy birthday feenie!!!
 
 
# sarah 2011-02-25 03:54
Happy Birthday to your sweet girl. Who to cute for words!
 
 
# Renny 2011-02-25 11:55
I can't believe she is already four! Where does the time go?

Happy Birthday Feenie! No matter how much of a big girl you become, remember to sashay with rainbows and sunshine.
 
 
# Lady Mama 2011-02-25 15:50
Very sweet post. Happy Birthday to your little girl.
 
 
# Issa 2011-02-25 15:56
Happy 4th birthday to your amazing Feenie.
 
 
# tracey 2011-02-25 17:43
She is definitely a living doll. Happy Birthday sweet Feenie!
 
 
# PolPrairieMama 2011-02-26 23:25
Wszystkiego najlepszego z okazji urodzin! Sto Lat! And Happy Birthday.
She sounds just like my oldest. They will do amazing things in their lives. But yes, the time goes by so fast.
Sweet...
 
 
# mama bird diaries 2011-03-01 22:26
How sweet. Happy Birthday to your little girl!! xo xo
 
 
# Al_Pal 2011-03-03 05:30
Awwww...so so darling. Rainbow sashays FTW! :D
 

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