Since reception I have written a little post about Sophia, one that I hope she will read when she is older.
Here you are over the years, I really see such a difference in you:
You have been the most happiest little girl the last week. You were very excited to get back to school and see your friends this year.
One of your very good friends, your best friend at school will be leaving in a few weeks and moving to another country. I have been preparing you for this for as long as I can remember. I think maybe because I left my school (in South Africa) when I was ten and my best friend had a really hard time having me leave and I really do not want you to have a hard time. Especially knowing how sensitive you are I want it to be as smooth transition as possible for you. You do have lots of other friends and I think you will be more then okay. But it is always a shock when someone decides to move far away and it can be quite unsettling too but I know we will all get used to it and that we will all be fine.
The older you get if its even possible the more I want you closer then ever. I love that you are always with me and we can laugh and chat. I love how our relationship grows as you get older. I hope that I comfort you as you need in the times that you really need me and I promise I will always be there for you as much as you need me too.
I have seen your confidence just grow and grow over the last few years at your school. You have been very lucky to have two wonderful teacher’s and not forgetting the teaching assistants. You are very lucky indeed that your Year One teacher is also now your Year Two teacher because you really are so very fond of her. She is soft spoken and she cares about your wellbeing a lot. So you are very happy to have her again for Year Two.
I know this familiarity is part of the reason you were so happy and excited to go back to school. I always remember as a child being sad to leave the last years teacher behind because you do forge a lovely bond with your teacher in each year.
I couldn’t be more proud of you if I tried. For a young girl you have such grown up morals and principles you know right from wrong and you always try your best. I really feel so lucky to have been blessed with such a lovely daughter. You make me proud in everything you do. I love to see you try and to join in. It just makes my heart melt especially just because I know you so well and how shy you can be in new situations and I know you heart must be beating so fast, it always brings on the water works for me.
I have enjoyed watching you come out of your shell as you have grown up. Although around your family the real Sophia comes out and you are the most cheekiest and quick witted little girl I have ever met. You must get that from your daddy!
This summer went by in a flash and I still cant believe we are here back to school. You always help me around the house, mostly I do have to ask you but generally if I ask you to pick up your toys or make your bed you will do it and I cant tell you how much I appreciate that. It means a lot to me to have your help. I do believe that your dad, brother you and I are a team and I try to show you this in the things we do together as a family around our home.
I don’t want to forget even though I included it in my last post, but this summer saw you loose your fifth tooth. I often wonder if you will be like me as a little girl and have a slight gap in your two front teeth. At the moment it looks like you might. I did have to have a clip in brace when I was around 8 years old to push them together. And ever since then I have never had my gap.
It still feels so surreal to me that you will be a big sister again in just a few short months. As I write this your little brother is jiggling around in my belly. I know without a shadow of a doubt you will be the most amazing, caring and doting big sister. Just as you were to Archie at the age of three. You absolutely adored him from the moment you knew I was pregnant and he is luckiest little boy to have such a wonderful big sister.
Its partly because of how you and Archie pleaded me and your dad for another sibling that we decided yes to having one last little person. And now that I am over 6 months pregnant I am so glad we decided to and I couldn’t be more pleased to be giving you not only what you asked for most, but also giving you and Archie a chance to experience bringing another little person into this world.
It is the most special experience to go through as a family. I cant wait to do it all over again with both you (your dad and Archie). Especially so that you will be 7 by the time your new brother is here. I know you are so much more grown up and this time will really be so firmly imbedded into your memory just as when my mum had my littlest sister when I was 8.
I love these little action shots of you and your brother you are forever having fun like this together. He definitely brings out the crazy side in you, which I think is really good for you. You both bring out the best in each other. (and the not so good sometimes too when you are both in terrible moods) but we will forget about the later. Here is to Year Two and to my little girl who is nearly 7 years old. I cant believe it.
I think I have written more then I thought I would here in this letter to you. But I am glad. I hope you will always know how much you are loved and how proud you make me every single day. My first born, thank you for making me a mummy and for putting up with me learning along the way. You for sure have been my greatest teacher so far. I love you so much, mummy. x