In Five Years


My little one turns five today, she’s already graduated preschool and is enrolled in kindergarten.  My little one hand bunk beds and play-make up, my little one wants to learn how to ride a bike and be able to fix it too.  My little one is five.  Time really does fly, it does.  It seems like just yesterday she was running around my house in  a diaper.  I could have sworn it was just last week that we took down her crib.  Where the hell does the time go?  As she gets older, I try harder to hold on to each day, to make it last as long as possible… but regardless before I know it, she’ll be all grown up.

I have to give it to her, she’s had a hard five years.  When she was born, I got sick and years after discovered I had Crohns Disease.  She had to spend her first couple years thinking it was okay for Daddy to yell at Mommy, it was okay for Daddy to hit mommy.  She then had to deal with Daddy moving out and then not too long after she had to deal with “Daddy moving away to work” and then never hearing from him again.  She had to transition from having a stay at home mom to a full-time working mom and start daycare.  Now that life is improving she is learning how to not be the only child.

There’s one thing to be said about my child, she is a strong little girl.  Despite all the turbulence at home thanks to myself being sick and her Dad being… well… a dead beat dad, she’s thrived.  She’s done really well in school and is picking up things really quick.  Despite some tantrums ( I think due to all of the change in the house as well as changing classrooms and teachers at school) she’s been doing really well.  I’m proud of my little girl, I’m proud of her manners and how caring she is.  I’m proud of how kind she can be and how loving she is.  I’m a proud mama.

So today, she is 5.  She is a bigger little girl.  This year, we have a lot planned for her birthday.  We’ve split up her birthday to 2 days this weekend and all next weekend.  Ryan is working today so I planned out today as just her and I.  Unfortunately we have a dentist appointment at noon (opps, bad scheduling on my part), but after that she made a request to go shoe shopping.  After that her best friend Izzy is coming over to bring her her presents and have a play date.  The neighbors are coming over too to celebrate.  Then of course, tonight she gets to open her presents from me.  Tomorrow?  Tomorrow we are going to the park, and after Ryan gets home from work, we’re doing the birthday cake thing, followed by opening her presents from Him and our joint presents.  Some time this weekend, Kate will be coming over to give her her presents too.

The big things we’re doing?  Well, we aren’t having a “real” party this weekend, people are just coming and going, so I wanted something special.  So next weekend, we are all going up to the Lake House to celebrate her birthday with my Dad.  We’re leaving early Friday morning and staying until Sunday evening.  It’s all Noodle can talk about, seeing her Grandpa and “Driving the Boat” (she gets to steer the pontoon boat).  She’s excited… a weekend swimming and playing in the sand… and hopefully I can get her to come out on the jetski this time.  :)  I’m almost as excited as she is.  The first vacation (out of many) this summer.  It’s time for some family time as well as a break.  :)


Happy Birthday to my little girl.  My Noodle. :)