Today you are six years old. I have no idea how that happened because I'm fairly certain that you were a baby only yesterday.
One thing that I'm so thrilled with is your capacity for kindness. On Thanksgiving morning, you and Dallas were watching the Macy's parade on TV while Daddy and I cooked. You came upstairs sobbing like your heart was broken and told us you had seen a sad commercial about animals in cages. (Damn you, ASPCA and your Sarah McLachlan-singing commercials!) You couldn't stand the thought of innocent animals being locked up or mistreated, and you begged us to "click online" to save some of them. You have an enormous heart in that little body. You're also kind, most of the time, to Dallas. You have your skirmishes and fights, but at the end of the day, you love him like only a sister can love a brother. I know that as you two continue to grow, you'll be each other's confidants and constants.
People always comment on your crazy energy. Why walk when you can run, dance, sashay, tumble, skip, gallop, or dance? You talk a million miles an hour every minute of the day no matter the subject matter. You sing, you sass, you argue, you cry, you stomp, you slam doors, you laugh, you yell, you guffaw, and you wiggle. You do everything full-tilt boogie. Honestly, it makes me nuts but I hope with all my heart that you don't ever change too much. Part of what makes you unique is your sparkling spirit, and I never want anyone to take that away from you: not school, not your friends, and especially not Daddy and me.
In the last few months, you have been testing your limits and pushing us as far as you can. When you get in trouble, you cry and worry that we don't love you anymore. No matter how many times I assure you that we will ALWAYS love you, you still seem to have a doubt in your mind. Know this, my girl. No one will ever love you as fiercely or intensely as I do. You are my firstborn, my mini-me. You are one of only two people in the whole world who knows what my heart sounds like from the inside, and that means we will always be connected, no matter what you do. I may not always like what you do or the choices you make, but I will love you every minute of my life. You're not a baby anymore, but you'll always be my baby.
*I love the way you say "chech mark" when you mean "check mark."
*I love the way you laugh.
*I love your wacky sense of humor.
*I love the way that you love people with your whole heart; there's no halfway for you.
*I love when you bring me a book to read to you and cuddle up next to me.
*I love the way you act out what is happening in whatever book we happen to be reading.
*I love the way you sing to yourself when you think no one is listening.
*I love the way you are convinced that you're a grown-up.
*I love that you are fearless.
*I love that "what if" is your favorite question.
*I love playing beauty shop with you even when I end up looking like Mimi from The Drew Carey Show.
*I love that you see the beauty in everyday things and events.
*I love that you give Daddy a doll to take to Lexington when he travels so he won't be lonely.
*I love that you told me that you will either grow up to knock down unsafe buildings or be a gymnast.
*I love that you love to play outside and explore.
*I love that you like to eat sandwiches for breakfast.
*I love that you can belt out a Katy Perry song but still can't sleep without your Lamby.
*I love that you are who you are and you own it.
*I love you.
Happy sixth birthday, baby. I hope all your dreams come true.