It’s the geekdaughter’s birthday today. Five years ago todayshe entered the world, kicking and screaming, and turned my whole life upside down. It doesn’t seem five minutes since I was writing a very similar post for her fourth birthday.
I can’t get over how much she’s grown up recently. She’s started school and, apart from a little hiccup at the end of the second week when it suddenly hit home that she had to do this EVERY DAY and we had to abandon her in the teachers arms screaming a couple of times, she is loving it. She’s starting to get the hang of the new routine, and knows that she does five days at school and then has two days at home.
She’s graduated from her pre-school swimming class to the after-school classes, and for the first time is on her own in the pool – Daddy has to watch from the side. She’s started ballet classes on a Saturday morning, and it’s the kind of class where parents drop their kids off and then come back an hour later to collect them. I stayed around for the first couple of weeks, but now she’s happy for me to leave her, so I go with the geekson to have a cup of coffee with my Mum who lives in the same village as the class.
We’re a lot more organised about her birthday this year than we were last year. I have relented, and we’re having a play barn party for her on Sunday, which has made the whole organisation thing a lot easier. She’s opted for a Disney Princess party, and we’ve even managed to find a local cake maker to make a princess cake for her too. Today we’re having a few presents in the morning before she goes to school, we have the “I am 5” badge for her to wear to school and the huge bag of Haribo for her to share with her classmates. Her big surprise is going to come when she gets home though, as her presents from her Grandma and us are some pieces of furniture for her bedroom – her own desk and chair, and a large storage unit so we can move a load of her toys out of the lounge. These are going to miraculously appear in her bedroom whilst she’s at school (through the miracle that is the geekdaddy’s ability to assemble flat-pack furniture!). I am really looking forward to seeing her face when she sees it all.
She is beautiful, lively, cheerful, sassy and fun. At times wise beyond her years, at other times still so small. She has the ability to drive me mad, and is a real Daddy’s girl. Happy birthday gorgeous girl – I love you.