Every year on my children's birthdays I write them a letter. Today my daughter, Imogen, is eight years old. I can't believe that I've been a mother for eight years already. It has been an amazing, exciting and exhausting journey so far. I learn more about myself every day and my children all teach me just as much as I teach them. The past year with Imogen has been particularly special and took me by surprise. I had no idea how much I would love being the mother of a seven year old and I have a sneaky suspicion that I'm going to love eight even more.
To my precious Imogen,
Today you are eight. Wow! How did you get to be so big? I still remember that special day that you were born as if it were just yesterday. Our beautiful, first baby.
This year you have grown-up so much. We just adore it when you sneak downstairs after your brothers have gone to bed and spend some time with just us. I love the conversations we have, I enjoy the TV programmes we watch together, hearing your dreams of becoming an artist one day and of all your adventures at school.
You are so creative and your drawing, craft and stories fill my heart with so much joy and inspire me to keep creating too. You are developing the most beautiful handwriting and I could sit and watch you form your letters with that wonderful flow and care all day long.
You are the most amazing big sister I could have ever wished for for your brothers and sister. They all adore you and your patience and kindness is so amazing to see. You are so full of fun and imagination too, and make up the best games for you all to play.
I know that sometimes it's not easy to be patient and I love that you know when to say you've had enough and when to ask for some time with just me or Daddy. In a big family it's so important to make time for this and we are happy that you appreciate it too. I love the adventures we have when we get some time on our own and I hope you will want to spend time with me for many, many years to come.
Imogen, I know you are going to love being eight. Enjoy it, embrace it and be you. Don't rush to be nine for that will come far sooner than you can imagine. Eight is going to wonderful, fun, packed with adventures, memory making, love, happiness and joy.
Love you so much today and forever,