There comes a point when you realise that your baby is no longer a baby.
When Libby turned three I was pregnant with Penny, so her leaving the baby years behind her was sad but I knew I would get to do it all again. This time however I felt decidedly different.
On the 19th of December 2013 at 9.24am I gave birth to Penelope Mary. Weighing in at 8lbs and 5 ounces she weighed in the biggest of my three children. What a blessing she was, and is still to this day. There is never a dull moment with our little Tasmanian devil. Coming in to the world days before Christmas she changed our world in 2013 and has continued to do so ever since.
Christmas saw her turn the big 3 and what a lovely day she had. With presents, family visits and lots of cake I am told it was the “Best Birthday Ever”. (Sure they say that every year so you feel you have to beat it the next year)
She was very spoilt and got so many lovely presents. Our cake came from Sweet Tooth Delivery. After ordering Regan’s cake from them, I thought I would order the smaller size cake for Penny and it didn’t fail to disappoint although I was beaten by my slice, (Hanging my head in shame as we speak).
Looking back at pictures (as you do) of all of the children over the years really takes you back. I love to put pictures together of them to compare them on their birthdays and too see how much they have grown.
The amount of water that has passed under the bridge since Penny was born is remarkable, and it really does only seem like five minutes since she was pulled out, screaming to let us know she was here, and here we are celebrating her third birthday.
Of course since then we have had Christmas and New Year. Having a birthday so close to Christmas meant that she was unable to start the biggest journey of her little years when she was supposed to, well that is until the schools all went back.
Last Wednesday our not so little girl started Nursery (Pre-School). Very excited she took it all in her stride. Regan and Libby were exactly the same. Very few tears and ready for what Nursery can offer her. We are so very lucky to have such a small, yet excellent Nursery on our doorstep. She is in a class of nine other children so the one on one care she will get is beyond excellent. Having had Libby in the same Nursery I know all the staff and they have been amazing.
In her first few days she has drawn me pictures, made new friends, made a mess all over her clothes and rode a bike. She is loving it and that is not surprising as she was more than ready for the next stage of her development.
School seems such a long way off but in the grand scheme of things, it really isn’t. This time next year I will be eagerly awaiting the news of whether she has got in to our chosen school.
This is the point where the time flies away, one minute they are starting Nursery and the next they are headed for secondary. Blink and the time goes……
You really do have to take every little thing in and hold on to those memories. One, because there are only one set of firsts and, two, because these memories are precious and need to be held on too for 16th, 18th and 21st birthday parties……