Today is a big and wonderful and magical day because Sweetly Six becomes Suddenly Seven. I know that every single parent says this and few (if any) parents believe it when a child is born (I know I didn’t!), but time goes sooooooooo faaaaaast. Stunning, mind boggling and completely utterly excited are the words that come to mind to describe the feelings. I can’t believe that when I started writing the blog, she was 4 3/4. Perhaps this is part of the reason why her new name is “Suddenly Seven.”
Every year, the night before her birthday, we put a whole bunch of helium balloons in her room so that she wakes up with a wonderful surprise (which isn’t really a surprise anymore), ready to celebrate (as if she needed a reason!).
In the morning, like clockwork, we hear the early morning rumblings of the birthday girl overcome with joy from seeing the balloons. She brings the balloons into our room, at which time we sing “Happy Birthday.” Beaming, she always inevitably says, “This is the best day of my life!” which is the ultimate Silver Lining.
This year’s birthday celebration was at The Santa Barbara Rock Gym. If you happen to live in/around Santa Barbara, be sure to check it out. It is the PERFECT place for a party. No fuss. No muss. And the Silver Lining: LOTS of physical activity for the kids!
Getting her harness on.
Every night before Suddenly Seven goes to bed, she asks me to rock her (which is a good workout these days) and say the lines from our favorite book, I’ll Love you Forever:
I’ll love you forever,
I’ll like you for always,
As long as I’m living
my baby you’ll be.
Happy Birthday, Baby Girl. I love you so very much.