A letter to my daughter as she turns two

To my beautiful daughter,

It feels like only yesterday that you came along.

As is typical of a child of mine, you came in your own time.  7 days past your due date you finally came, on your own terms, which was just fine with me.  You caught us all a little bit by surprise, making your appearance while we were still in the triage room rather than on the labour ward.

And there we stayed most of the day.

While Daddy went home to get some sleep you and I got to know each other.

In that little hospital room I studied your perfect face and knew in my heart what your name was.

Not the name we’d loved for the past 9 months, but one that we hadn’t even considered until the midwife who delivered you introduced herself with the words “Hi, I’m Nerys”.

Nerys.  Perfect.

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And now, 2 years later your name suits you beautifully.  I can’t imagine you being anything else.

You are loving.  So, so loving.  Some evenings I sit by your bed before you go to sleep and you ever so gently kiss my eyes, my nose, my ears, my mouth.  I hope you keep that gentle, affectionate part of you always.

You are chatty.  Oh my word are you chatty!  And you’re so proud of yourself when you’re able to tell me something.  And you make us laugh so much when you catch us by surprise with a new word or expression.  The look on Nana’s face the other day when she thanked you for something and you replied “You’re most welcome” was just brilliant!

You are independent.  “Me do it” is one of your favourite expressions, and to be fair, most of the time you CAN do whatever it is you want to do.

You are curious.  You ask me “why?” 100 times a day.  And while this gets exhausting after a while I hope you stay curious.  I hope you never stop questioning the world around you.

You love Peppa Pig (much to Daddy’s disappointment), Fig rolls and Jam Tarts, oranges and bananas, jumping in puddles, eating hoops with Nana and Pops, copying anything and everything your brother does (oh how you love him!), looking at books and pretending to read them, singing along to the wheels on the bus, sleeping in your own big girl bed (after nearly 2 years of ending up in Mummy and Daddy’s bed most nights) and telling me proudly in the morning “me slept in my bed, ALL NIGHT”.

You are a joy to have around.  You and your brother bring so much light to the world.

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You are my baby girl, who’s not such a baby any more.

You are Nerys.

 

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30 Comments

    • 03/08/2016 / 1:48 pm

      Thank you! And oh yes, the time goes by way too quickly! x

  1. 03/08/2016 / 1:46 pm

    What a lovely read! She sounds like a delight. My little girl turns two next month, such a wonderful age 🙂
    x Alice
    #TwinklyTuesday

    • 03/08/2016 / 1:48 pm

      She has her moments but for the most part she is pretty delightful! Happy birthday to your little girl for next month, it really is a great fun age isn’t it! x

  2. 03/09/2016 / 11:06 am

    What a lovely read and such a beautiful name! Really beautiful pictures too. We still aren’t quite out of the Peppa Pig phase yet…to my disappointment! #bloggerclubUK

    • 03/09/2016 / 7:28 pm

      Thank you, we really do love her name! I managed to get her on cbeebies instead of Peppa today which was a really nice change! x

  3. 03/09/2016 / 3:48 pm

    What a lovely post – she sounds just lovely (although I’m sure she has her moments) “You’re most welcome” is just adorable! My little boy is rapidly approaching two – I know everyone says this, but I can’t believe it’s happened so quickly! #BloggerclubUK

    • 03/09/2016 / 7:27 pm

      Haha, she does have her moments! The time really does fly by doesn’t it?! x

  4. 03/09/2016 / 9:29 pm

    She’s beautiful! Just like her name. Happy Birthday Nerys! #BloggerClubUK

  5. 03/09/2016 / 9:42 pm

    awww gorgeous letter. I adore the name Nerys 🙂 I was very independent as a little one 🙂 xx #treasuredmoments

    • 03/04/2017 / 9:56 pm

      It’s a lovely name isn’t it! Independent is a good thing I think! x

  6. 03/10/2016 / 10:30 pm

    I’m trying to write a letter to my baby since his born, but i just have a tone of unfinished letters, your is just lovely!

    • 03/04/2017 / 9:49 pm

      Thank you! I’m sure your letter will come, I think sometimes we just over think these things and stop the words flowing. x

  7. 03/10/2016 / 10:42 pm

    What a beautiful name! And a lovely letter #treasuredmoments

    • 03/04/2017 / 9:45 pm

      Thank you, I do really love her name! x

  8. 03/12/2016 / 7:00 am

    What a gorgeous letter and what a gorgeous little Nerys. They grow up so fast don’t they? I hope she has had a wonderful second birthday. Thanks for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

    • 03/04/2017 / 9:30 pm

      Thank you Lisa! She had a lovely, low key birthday and really enjoyed herself! x

  9. 03/01/2017 / 2:50 pm

    What a beautiful letter (and a beautiful name). Those first years really do pass so quickly – hopefully Nerys will read this one day and realise how much she is loved.

    • 03/04/2017 / 9:25 pm

      Thank you so much Tim. The years really do fly by, especially with your second child I’m finding! I do like that this letter is ‘out there’ now for her to read one day! x

  10. 03/01/2017 / 4:52 pm

    That is such a lovely letter. She sounds like a beautiful little child x

    • 03/04/2017 / 9:24 pm

      Thank you so much! Of course I’m biased but she is quite beautiful, haha! x

  11. 03/02/2017 / 12:10 pm

    Ahh what a sweet post! I love that Nerys is named after the midwife, how special. That first time studying baby’s face when you are on your own in the hospital is an amazing time. I remember that fondly! Thanks so much for sharing with us at #bloggerclubuk x

    • 03/04/2017 / 9:14 pm

      Thank you! I don’t remember that time with Rhys quite so clearly (I’d had a fair bit of gas and air by the time he was born!), but have lovely memories of those first hours with Nerys. x

  12. 03/09/2016 / 10:25 am

    This reminds me that I haven’t written a letter to Rachel for her 10th birthday, I’m going to do that this week! Better 6 months late than never. It would be great to have this linked up at #TreasuredMoments if you’d like to

    • 03/09/2016 / 7:29 pm

      Haha, always better late than never! I’ll pop over and check out the linky, thank you! x

  13. 03/09/2016 / 8:49 pm

    Awww what a lovely post for you to look back on and for your daughter to see when she is older too. She’s gorgeous 🙂 #BloggerClubUK

    • 03/04/2017 / 9:59 pm

      Thank you! I do love writing posts like this, so I can remember those little details of who my children are at certain times in their lives. x

  14. 03/10/2016 / 9:46 am

    What a lovely post and such a beautiful name for beautiful girlie xx #treasuredmoments

    • 03/04/2017 / 9:55 pm

      Thank you so much, we do love her name, and she is pretty beautiful isn’t she, haha! x

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