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May 19, 2015 ~ Six? Six!

on May 19, 2015

Joy of Cake

My baby turned six today.  I’m not quite sure how that happened.  But it did.

She’s turned into such a sweet and loving little girl.  Big girl.  One who is easily distracted by ants, but will give you her last piece of candy or french fry if she thinks you need it.  Or a petal from a flower, just because.  She’s a girl who is eager for approval and is almost always happy to get, or give, anyone a hug.  (We will need to talk to her about this, but not yet.  There’s still time for all those hugs.)

I worry sometimes about how sweet and sensitive she is.  How this could be a weakness, a frailty to be taken advantage of by people who just aren’t kind. I worry that her classmates in future years will be cruel to her because she wants to give the bus driver a flower.  Because she’s nice to someone they don’t believe is worth it.  This will be another thing that we put off, for fear of damaging that naïeve sweetness.  Eventually, she will need to toughen up, buttercup, and learn how to protect herself.

This past year has been a bit rocky, with lots of assessments, and screenings, and meetings, and appointments.  Finally, we have something that is helping Teagan be more Teagan, more focused, more there.  And more sweet.  It doesn’t help with everything, but hopefully, it will allow her to be able to help herself, something that was beyond her young abilities.

She’s become a world class snuggler.  I love that.

And I love her freckles.  And green eyes.  And smile.

Happy birthday to my lovely little big girl.  I can’t believe how far you’ve come.

More: Five.  Four.  Three.  Two.  One.  New.

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2 responses to “May 19, 2015 ~ Six? Six!

  1. Kat says:

    I loved the collage of the photos at the bottom of this blog. I agree with all you said and more. It’s sad that we have to ‘warn’ our children to be tough and be aware of how others see us….we should want them to be ‘them’ and not worry about others. I understand how you feel, but in order for her to be ‘in the world’ there will be times she has to be ‘of the world’. But she and Ash have very good compasses to follow with you and Stu at the helm. They will do great things!!! Happy 6th birthday, T and many many more!!! HUGS

    • lisasff says:

      I’m glad you did… So fun to look at the pictures from over the years, even though it seems like just yesterday.

      It’s a hard balance to find, and I hope we do her justice as we try.

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