Today you’re no longer a baby anymore. I know that young people, like you, always want to be older and wiser. How 10 sounds like magic when you’re 4 or 30 sounds like serious shit when you’re 10. I know. But I am way over that 30’s now and I can tell you that growing up is nothing fancy. It’s normal. It’s something that just happens because life is made that way. So please, don’t hurry. I know you want to run after your sister and play along with her or tell us how you feel with thousand words or drink wine and eat spicy food. And you will. In a while. But for now, you’re still my baby. With cheeks to die for, eyes so gentle and kind and the best wet openmouthed kisses. Your smell is my guilty pleasure, your body weight is my workout and your you is my luck. And we’ll celebrate that today. Big time. Happy first birthday baby girl!
This girl is a champ. But she’s having a tough time being 4. School used to be something magic when she was still at daycare. All the big kids said their happy goodbyes en left for school. And all she wished for was her fourth birthday, and then…
I’m in love with Leo. That’s what happens when I dream. This morning I woke up with butterflies. I kept my eyes closed and laid as still as possible trying super super hard to hang onto Leo, his killer arms and mellifluous voice. Until I heard another voice babble “mama mama”. And another one coughing in my ear.
I love books. I used to slay books like I slay wine right now. But there’s a lack of time. Probably because I’m up to my ears in this little family I made. Happy ears and tired wine slaying ears (but that’s another blog post). So instead of reading Paulo Coelho and Jill Mansel, I read Annie MG Schmidt and Jon Klassen. Every single evening J picks two books. We squeeze ourselves into her toddler bed and as soon as I start reading she relaxes. It’s also the best cure when she’s sad or stressed. She even tries to read to herself or to her sister. I should have called her Matilda. That’s why it’s more than appropriate to start a book item here, to share our favourites once a month. Kicking off with ‘De dierenwereld van Europa‘ or ‘Wildlife of Europe’ by Amy Hamilton for Juniqe.