09 January 2018

A letter to Popette at 9

Dear Popette,

Last Friday we celebrated your 9th birthday! 9!! I can't believe it. I have been trying to hold on to you as my 8 year old, for as long as possible, even asking for 8 year old cuddles leading up to your birthday...because you were born in the afternoon, you said that I could have 8 year old cuddles in the morning (on your birthday)

I had been joking with you saying "No, we won't be having a birthday for you this year, you'll be staying 8...so if anybody asks just say your 8!" Of course that didn't go down well with you, "No Mum, I'm 9!", and I'd respond, "But can't you be 8"...9 is so much closer to double-digits, 10! I seriously can't believe it's nearly been a decade since I became a Mum. How did that happen? Mummy isn't coping well with you growing up.

Popette turns 9

You are at an age when you are no longer my baby (you don't want to watch baby stuff on TV, even though I do find you watching stuff on ABC4Kids now & then) you answer back, have responses for everything  (how did you become so sassy!), you listen in to Mummy & Daddy talking (when you shouldn't) offering responses or suggesting ideas, you want to do things for yourself. Its lovely to see you grow, but I wish you were still my baby and needed me. 

I love to see you talk to family & friends who you are comfortable around, asking them how they have been, and what they have been up to.

You love the great outdoors, bushwalking, exploring and going camping is something you adore. You love watching Sir David Attenborough's documentaries, and on a recent camping holidays you were filming you own mini-doco's. 

You are a loving, creative, soul. You can be so very thoughtful, funny and as well as a little crazy.

I have tried to teach you that you don't need to be the same as everybody else, and that if you are yourself people will like you for who you are.

You love writing and coming up with ideas for stories, drawing cartoons or fairies. 

You love to play basketball and totem tennis with Daddy, or riding your bike or scooter.

You still love fairies, Num Noms & Shopkins, playing Mario & Skylanders on Wii, playing board games like Monopoly Gamer & Mouse trap, reading books - you go through so many at any one time, you're always picking up a different book and reading it in the car, even if it's just down the road to the shops. You are always asking me if you can go on the computer...playing computer games or writing books is big at the moment.

You want to be an author when you grow up. I asked you once if you'd like to have your own bookstore, and your response was, "No, Mum I want to make the books that go in the bookstore". I hope your dream comes true, and you have your own book published one day.

You are full of questions and always wanting to know answers or think you know the answers. There are times when you don't realise how much you are loved, wanted, or how very special you are. Mummy & Daddy tell you often that we love you, but sometimes you question it which makes me sad. We love you so so much. You are our world, I hope one day you will realise how very important you and Cherub are to us.

My wish for you this year is that you have fun, be happy at school and continue to try new things.

Lots of love,
Mumma xxxooo


  1. Ah that is so beautiful and this is why blogging is so good because now you have a permanent record of the days, months and year. I have a granddaughter turning 9 this year and already in the brief times we get to catch up these days, I can see some changes in her in terms of confidence and demeanour. She has 'lost' some of her impulsive and loving ways because of 'growing up' more I guess. We cared for her from 0 to 5 so it is noticeable when we see her. I am sure your beautiful girl will continue to grow with love and if I am correct, this year at school is the big one..into Primary!! Denyse #teamIBOT.

    1. Thanks Denyse, it's kind of hard watching her grow up and change into this mini-grownup with her own opinions. Sometimes I feel as though she's turning 13, not 9. She's actually in Year 4 this year, the school years are going by so quickly. x


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