And now, ten minutes later, you are nine. You still love playing with your sister Addison, but Little Bear is "for babies" and you've traded in your tea sets for mom's iPhone (which you sneak any chance you can get!). You love listening to pop music and you wear a retainer at night and I find myself looking at you often and thinking to myself - oh my word. It's happening. She's growing up.
Even though you are growing so quickly Ellie and I am starting to see small glimpses of "pre-teen," you are still the sweetest little person imaginable. You love life and it shows in everything you do. I was reading your birthday letter from last year and the year before the other day and now I feel like I can just say ditto to everything I mentioned in them. The things I love so much about you haven't changed one bit. You are still so happy and kind and creative and loving.
Here are a few things about you right now at age nine that I never want to forget:
You are obsessed with Pandas Ellie. Panda toys, panda clothes, panda books. You love it all. You love to sneak my cell phone and watch clips of pandas on YouTube, dress your pandas up in clothes, and you are always telling us interesting little facts you've learned about them. You even make up panda jokes and stories and songs. You keep us pretty entertained with your panda obsession Ellie. :)
You have a passion for creating things Ellie. Pictures, stories, songs...
You love writing notes and you express your feelings this way often.
I get fun little notes and pictures from you all the time El and they make my day. I save every one. :)
And that is final. :)
You have such a special relationship with your little brother and sister Ellie. I couldn't have dreamed up a better big sister for them.
You make all of us feel loved Ellie. You are so full of love and happiness. Some days if I'm feeling down I know I just need a good dose of my Ellie. :) You walk in the door and just like that, I am happy again. It's impossible to not smile when you are around. The two of us always talk about how you are so special to me because you made me a mom. You are special because of that Ellie. You are special to me for countless reasons and I can't imagine my life without you in it.
Happy 9th birthday Ellie! I love you to pieces.