October brings her 9th

I am not sure what they call children of the heart, like you.

But it is like you were carved from my bone. We see into each other's eyes and know.

You are still sensitive, acutely so. Self-conscious, with high levels of awareness but you have let us into your world and have entertained us with your sharp wit lately. You are still pocket-sized, nibble like a mouse at your food and seek comfort in the things around you. A woolly rug or blanket is still wrapped around you, even under the line of the equator.

You are still girlie meets tomboy.

Nail-polish and Heelys. Soft toys and soccer balls.

You are the real deal. No shades of grey to be seen.

And we are not proud of you, because saying that would mean that you have to do something clever to make us happy. But rather we are just so Yay! to have you on our team regardless of the cool things you do, and getting to watch you unfold and give us the gift of yourself is just a blast.

Sometimes it can get a bit fiery as you learn to handle disappointment. But you have never been unkind or rude to us.

You add such seasoning to the dish of our family MG.

For your birthday you only chose 3 friends to invite. You were relaxed and completely yourself. No putting on airs and graces for you. No shrill show-off action. You wanted to go to the club, where you swam with your buddies, enjoyed junk food for dinner and then went bowling, followed by a sleepover with just one friend. PJ's, a dvd and the next morning, waffles and chocolate dipped strawberries for breakfast.

Here Daddy is saying you need to get out of the pool and get showered for dinner. You are not so happy about that.

But you perked up a bit when you remembered you had presents to open!

And a pool cake ablaze with candles that refused to go out.

Happy Birthday Baby!

For privacy reasons, I have tried to choose pics that do not reveal the identity of others, which can be quite limiting. You will notice on my blog that I am very particular on maintaining the privacy of others unless I have permission.

Gail  – (October 19, 2010 at 7:57 PM)  

Oh happy birthday M!
Ames, I love these birthday tributes (not sure if that's the right word!) you really do know and see your children in only the way a mother's heart and eyes can!

P.S. I find it hard with photos too - it really does limit but remembering others right to privacy is so important on the www!

RockWallaby  – (October 19, 2010 at 9:29 PM)  

Happy Birthday to your beautiful girl. I have a sensitive, second born 9 year old daughter also.
Yours will certainly know how well loved she was, when she reads your words in years to come.

Simoney  – (October 21, 2010 at 9:30 AM)  

Oh awseome Amy... happy birthday Miss M.

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