Dear Sophie Lu,
Last night I said goodnight to my sweet 5 year old for the last time. I kissed you on my favorite spot (right above your cute little nose), and tucked you in just the same... but somehow it felt a little different. I realized that even though you are still my baby, you are growing up. I can hardly believe my baby Lu is six years old...
We had a fairy princess party for you last weekend and invited your best friends and all the girls in your class. I was so proud as I watched you eagerly greet each girl with a hug, calling out their name with such excitement. You made each of them feel special (I could tell by their smiles)... you are so sweet, Sophie, just as you have always been. You love everyone. And everyone loves you.
Early this morning, I brought a donut with 6 candles to you in your bed. I sang happy birthday to you, and you were so happy. As you blew out your candles, you wished for a very special birthday (I wished for that too). Today, Daddy and I are going to bring snacks and drinks to school at your snack time. Your teacher is making you a crown, and you classmates will be making you a birthday book. Tonight, we're going out for spaghetti (your favorite), and we'll be having a big family celebration this weekend. I just know you will have so much fun (you always do)!
This morning before you left for school, I held you in my arms and rocked you. I reminded you that when you were very little, you'd say "Rock you" when you wanted me to rock you. (You love it when I tell you how you were as a baby.) And as I rocked you, you told me that you would always be my baby. You still look in my eyes just the way you did the first time I ever held you. There is such love between us... it's more love than I ever thought possible. I'm so grateful for the special bond and love we share, Sophie Lu. And as always, I thank God and all of his angels for you... my precious, beautiful daughter.
So on your 6th birthday, I wish for you to always be as sweet and as happy as you are today. I wish for you the most beautiful life, and I pray that we are all happy and healthy as we continue to watch you grow.
Happy 6th birthday, sweet Sophie Lu! I love you with all of my heart...