last day of five.

my baby girl turns SIX tomorrow.

we will wake her with breakfast in bed.
sing the song.
then, we will head to school
to show her classmates old pictures of her
and share five memories of her past years.
(that's what they do at our school instead of bringing treats.)
tonight, when i was tucking her into bed
and she was all snuggled up with the same blanket
and same thumb that you see in the photo above,
i said to her, "today is your last day of five."

(why do i do that kind of thing!?)

as soon as it was out of my mouth, 
the lump in my throat grew immense.

i told her, "that makes me kinda sad."
she turned her face around and i saw there were tears in her eyes.
she said, "it makes me sad too."

surprised, i asked her why it makes her sad.
she said, "i'm just sad because i feel like i might not be a little girl anymore."

then we talked about some of the great things of being five:
starting kindergarten
learning monkey bars
riding without training wheels
learning to read

and we talked about what six might be like:
riding faster
reading more
loosing baby teeth
and just growing bigger, stronger, and kinder. 
we are pretty sure being six makes you even nicer.

i'm sure SIX will be great, regardless.
i'm looking forward to walking it with you...
love you baby girl!!!
like i told you tonight... you'll always be my baby girl!

oh, remind me to post about our birthday parties this year.
we've had a really good time.


peggyc said...

oh! sweet, sweet girl. what a sweet post, katie. i have loved every interaction i've had w/ her (only a handful) and i see from the photos she is growing up but losing none of her sweetness. sounds like she is maturing into an even more wonderful, beautiful person. happy birthday, abi!

Liz said...

Happy birthday, birthday girl. Here is a fun poem about being six!

When I was One,
I had just begun.
When I was Two,
I was nearly new.
When I was Three
I was hardly me.
When I was Four,
I was not much more.
When I was Five,
I was just alive.
But now I am Six,
I'm as clever as clever,
So I think I'll be six now for ever and ever.

Enjoy the day!

keri said...

aw...happy birthday abi!! i think turning 6 is sad too...you no longer use just 1 hand to say how old you are. :( why do they have to grow up!?

Jean Joiner said...

wow, 6! can't believe it. happy birthday to abi. i've been meaning to call to see how it's all been going. we've been at the beach though. it was fabulous! you can be jealous. :)

Darsey said...

I always cry when I read your blog! Must stop reading at work...must maintain a level of professionalism...must. :)