My darling girl you are 4.
I feel like you have aged more than a year in the past 12 months. I’ve always thought you were an old soul and the way you have handled moving to a new country, living with your grandparents then into a new house, meeting all new therapists, travelling back and forth to Ireland, not to mention starting nursery, has proved me right. You clearly know what you are doing here, it’s not your first time around and you are doing a perfect job of showing us the sights.
You make new friend’s everywhere we go you. Just last week in one day you scored a cheeky macaron from the barista in Patisserie Valerie, the cashier in Smyth’s Toys was delighted when you waved at her and as usual there were lots of little voices shouting ‘Hello Lyla’, when you rolled into nursery in your cool chair. You take it all in your stride, so long as you know what’s happening, where we are going and what kind of cake will be there, you are happy.
I am all for gender neutral toys and you love your brother’s toy cars but secretly I’m delighted that your favourite toy is your doll, Michaela. You think her wardrobe of clothes, her wheelchair and her mini bibs which match yours are all the bees knees. I hope that your recent aversion to wearing shoes is going to pass soon. You still love to look at them and hold them but wearing them? Not so much. Thankfully you don’t feel the same about your clothes, you love tutus and bags while rocking your jeans and t-shirts too. I’ve learnt that if I want to get out of the house quickly then its best not to ask you if you want to wear whatever t-shirt I’ve picked as inevitably you will say no!
You have enchanted your entire nursery and you squeal with delight when you see your new friends. Did I mention you have your own little friends? You have a life at nursery which has very little to do with me, your first taste of independence and you are grabbing it with both hands. You settled so quickly and you have been so patient while your teachers and I get used to it all. Every week your teachers delight in telling me how you showed them that you recognise your name, that know your numbers to 10 or that you know all your colours. It doesn’t surprise me that you’re a smart cookie but I love that you are continuing to challenge others expectations of you and show them how clever you are.
4 is going to be a great age for you. I know that you continue to thrive at nursery and that your communication will keep getting better and better especially with eye gaze technology headed your way. I can’t wait to keep getting to know you and for you to keep showing us around the world.
It’s an honour to be your mummy. I love you beautiful girl.