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Oct
08
2018

So This is 8


My sweet baby girl,

Yes, I can and will still call you that. Probably forever. You may be older, taller, and have a lot more to say, but you will always be my baby.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let me tell you… You are one remarkable little girl. This last year has been full of a lot of changes for you and you’ve taken it like a champ. You became a big sister of a little sister, and you started back at public school. Every morning you jump up excited for the new day. Not once have you asked to go lay back down or sleep a little longer. I barely whisper that it’s time to wake up and you pop up as perky as ever. I love that about your personality. Sometimes you get a little down, or frustrated but overall you’re a very positive person.

You got baptized a month after your birthday and it was such a special day. Remember? I love how you kept asking if you had sinned yet for a good week or two after. You were so determined to keep that slate clean as long as possible. But I think you understand now that we all make mistakes, what’s important is apologizing and always trying to do better.

I write you little notes in your lunchbox and ever since you told me how much you enjoy them I can’t seem to stop. Even when daddy sends you off to school, if I’ve forgotten to write one I wake up and make one real quick. I’m not much of an artist but you’re helping me become one.

Will work for treats! Another thing I love about you is how excited you get over mini celebrations. BYU Football games, movie nights where I’ll wash your hair, practicing cheer with “Coach.” You’re all about having fun, and others having fun.

You adore your little sister (no surprise there) but you are also still so sweet with your little brother. To me, the sound of you two playing together is one of the most beautiful sounds in the world. You probably don’t realize it but he looks up to you so much. And he loves spending time with you. I know your sister will too.

We finally figured out why reading has been such a struggle for you and you are doing better and learning more every day. I imagine in no time you’ll be reading Percy Jackson books all by yourself. But I must admit, it’s been fun to read them aloud and share that enjoyment together.

I love how you tell me the good and bad about your school day. I hope we always have that open relationship and you always feel like you can come to me and tell me anything. I want you to know I’m always here to listen to anything you’d like to tell me.

You are such a big dreamer. Right now you want to be an olympic cheerleader/ movie star/ singer. I think that’s pretty awesome.

I’ve enjoyed watching you grow as a person. It’s so fun to watch your determination for things. You’re working hard to learn how to do a back tuck in cheer, and working hard at school. You’ve made friends in class and rekindled friendships you had in kindergarten.

There is such a beautiful light about you and I want you to continue to fuel that throughout you life. You are going to inspire and uplift so many people, and encourage them to be the best they can be as you work to be the best you can be.

I’m so lucky to be your mom, and I’m so excited to see what’s next in this new year of life!

Love,

Mom

 

Dear Daughter,

Today you turned four. FOUR years old. I still can’t believe it. How did we get here so fast? Today is the anniversary of the day I became a mother. I wanted to make it as special as possible for you.

Earlier this week we shopped for a special outfit for your birthday. Dress from your head to your toes in an outfit you styled yourself. And quite well I might add. You even chose some adorable clip-on earrings that matched, because you’ve been hounding me for some earrings.

So this year making your day special also meant covering your floor with balloons and your doorway with streamers. For once, you slept in, so your brother and I came in to wake you up and sing to you.

A letter to my daughter. Celebrating her 4th birthday.I’m not sure if you’ll remember all the details so I’ll share a few with you. We had your birthday party at a nature center, as you requested. We fed turtles and saw butterflies in their butterfly house. We looked at fish, and your best friend even bought you a fish for your birthday.

You’ve named him Little Blue. And you’ve been talking to him nonstop.

Today your family and close friends surrounded you. So many people who love you. The grin on your face while we sang happy birthday to you was priceless. This was also the first year that you weren’t too bashful to blow out your candles by yourself.

Later this evening your dad and I surprised you with your new bike, and you loved it. Daddy asked you to get his stretch ball out of the garage and as soon as you opened the door you exclaimed “A BIKE! I LOVE IT!”

I’m so proud of the little girl you are turning into. You are kind to your brother. You are incredibly smart and curious. I love how you always want to learn more and try new things. When someone tells you how cute you are you remind her you’re smart too. I don’t think I ever imagined I’d have a daughter as awesome as you’ve turned out to be.

A letter to my daughter. Celebrating her 4th birthday.I only hope we’ll continue to be close and grow closer the older you get. These last four years have been a whirlwind, but some of the best four years of my life, thanks to you.

Continue to be bright, and continue to brighten the lives of those around you. Don’t worry; you don’t have to try hard. It comes naturally.

Happy Birthday Sweetie!

Love,

Mommy

Dear Daughter,

You’re well past the two year mark and I feel it’s time I let you know how I feel about that. At first I delayed this moment because I couldn’t believe another year had passed. As if by delaying this note, it would slow your growth. But of course, it hasn’t in the least.

Over the last several months your personality has flourished, your vocabulary has boomed, and you have blossomed into a little girl I’m so proud to call my own.

One afternoon while we played in your room I told you you make me happy. I didn’t realize it then, but my sharing that with you has really left an impression on your compassionate heart. I’ve noticed now when I hug you a little too long, or tell you how much I love you, you’ll stop and ask “I make mommy happy?” and I say “Yes you do baby!” Happier than you know.

I wasn’t expecting you to understand so much, have so many opinions about so many things and be able to share them with me at such a young age. Like your mommy, you’re into Disney movies, especially the princess flicks. Not only can you request which one you want to watch, you can “name that movie” when we’re listening to Disney music on Pandora. Your memory is astonishing.

Getting you into these clothes is no problem, getting you out is where the hard part comes in. I’ve found a solution is to let you decide what you want to wear to school. It used to be I’d put you in a dress every day because it’s what I wanted. Now, you’re the one picking out your clothes, always choosing to wear the poofiest or longest dress you can find. And when I wear a dress you call it my princess dress. In fact, the other night, instead of calling me mommy, you decided to call me “Princess Mommy” on your own, and you referred to me by that name all night.

Like many toddlers I assume, you’ve become a little negotiator. You’ll throw phrases as us like “No thanks,” “Next time” and “One more please!” at us all the time. Your bedtime routine stretched into a never-ending cycle that always ended in tears, so we have started a new system that not only included a book and prayer as usual, but a vitamin,  song, rocking, a second of back rubbing and three kisses blown to you as I shut the door. When your daddy is home I have him finish up bed time so it doesn’t take as long. He laughs at our routine and says I’m making you OCD.

When it comes to becoming a big sister, I think you’re ready. You love peeking at my belly, giving the baby kisses, and feeling him/her move. When I’m wearing a t-shirt you’ll lift it up and say “open it” or “take it out!” Then I have to tell you that the baby will come out later, and you ask “next time?” yes, um, something like that.  I’m just glad we have at least four more months to enjoy this time with you as our only child.

The holidays have been more enjoyable for me than ever. I’ve been able to describe Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas to you and you get the picture. Halloween definitely made an impression on you, since you still come home ringing the doorbell while yelling “trick or treat!” Thanksgiving was fun for you too but I didn’t make it as big of a deal this year, aside from talking about turkeys, to which you reply “gobble gobble.” And Christmas I just know you’re going to love. From seeing the lights in our house, around town, meeting Santa again and again, and playing with our new nativity set and learning about Jesus. You’re just soaking it all in, and it’s amazing.

As we drove to a store on Black Friday I played some Christmas tunes on the way. Jingle Bells rang through our car, and I turned it up and sang it to you. I wasn’t sure if you had heard it before, or knew it was a Christmas song, but you yelled up to me “Dance mommy!” so I danced and told you to dance as well. In my rearview mirror I saw your head of curls bobbing along to the music when all of a sudden you told me: “Mommy happy!” I smiled and confirmed your guess, then you said: “Mommy happy, and I happy!” I teared up at your little statement because while I hope you’re a happy little girl, that I’m doing things right, nothing beats hearing it straight from your mouth.

You do make me happy sweet child, happier than you know. I’m so happy you’re my daughter.

Love,

Mommy

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