What a year it has been. I can't believe how big your have gotten. It seems like just yesterday you were snuggling on my lap as a tiny baby and now you're such a big girl. This year has been one of growth for you, and no, I'm not just talking height, though you are super tall! You've come so far with math and reading. You've got some of your math facts memorized, you can sound out words, and you know some sight words. I can't tell you how I proud I am of that (that's how it goes when Mommy used to be a teacher!) Aside from academic growth, you've grown in so many other ways as well. Your swimming has really taken off. It makes me super sad for you that you found a swim program you really excel in and they are closing, but you will do great in your new lessons, too. You have also grown in balance and coordination since you have started taking gymnastics. I'm so glad we found a gymnastics program that is such a great fit for you! It really makes me even more proud that you do this on your own. You didn't know any of the girls in your program, and now you are friends with them. You have such a talent for making friends wherever you go.
This year as also brought out a side of you that we didn't think you had...the worrier. For such a carefree little girl, you worry so much. This hurts my heart for you. There are so many things in life that you will miss if you worry about all the details. I wish I could take all your troubles away, but then, you would not learn and grow. You worried about sleeping in Florida and you did an awesome job. You worried about starting swim lessons at a new place and found you loved it. Please let Mommy be the adult and do the worrying while you enjoy life.
This coming year is going to be filled with so many new adventures for you and I know you worry about them. Please don't fret, little one, I promise it will all be OK. You will be starting dance class and going to summer camp. You will be starting Kindergarten in the fall. That opens up a huge world! You will be meeting so many new friends! Unfortunately, this will also be the first time in 5 years that you and your best friend have been split up, but I promise you that we will still see her. This coming year holds so much adventure and wonder. In one way, I can't wait for you to get started on this new journey, yet in another way, I'm so sad to be losing my baby girl.
Just remember, sweet Baby Boo, no matter where life takes you, Mommy and Daddy will always be there for you. We love you more than you will ever know. You are a wonderful girl who brings sunshine into our lives each day.
Love you forever.