My eldest chick turned 10 today. I tormented her by saying that it wasn’t her birthday until the time she was actually born – 5.15pm – but we actually spent the day celebrating in a number of ways. She climbed into my bed early this morning – most unusual for her – and we had quiet cuddles. Once her brother and sister were alert we opened presents. She loves her homemade presents as well as her other presents! We then sat down with the photo album and went through the photos of when she was born and the first 6 months of her life (after which we moved to a digital camera and there are no more albums!!). The three of them loved seeing her and all the familiar faces (although younger!!), while I sat there quietly looking at my beautiful big girl, and trying to work out where the 10 years has gone. That first day when she was bruised and battered from her delivery by forceps, and I was so exhausted from a 36 hour delivery seems like yesterday, and yet we have seen and done so much since then, and here she is in year 5, with so much maturity, wisdom and silly giggles. So today while the rest of the world celebrated love in all its commercial and non-commercial forms, we celebrated a decade of love because she has only brought love into my life since day one.
Of course now I can share the photos of the presents I made her! She is a big fan of Doctor Who. I am amused because back when I was at boarding school and we only had two channels of TV, Doctor Who was one of the only shows that we got to watch – and that was in the early 1980s! The fact that it is all trendy and shiny now is great as a whole new generation gets to discover the Doctor. I also thought that turning 10 is that first step towards independence and being her own person, so I made her an overnight bag. She can use it on sleepovers, on school camp, for visits to grandparents, etc. I ordered the fabric from Spoonflower.
I used the tiny tossed Tardis fabric for the lining and gave her a zipped pocket and two slip pockets on the inside. I used a pattern from Gingercakes for the bag and it was a great pattern to follow. It comes with a cottage industry license, so I may make some for my shop down the track.
Then I used some of the leftovers to make the iPod touch cover that she wanted.
She promptly put her ipod straight into it.
Her brother and sister gave her a travel bug ‘trackable’ for use in geocaching. It is a tag that can be registered, and then when she releases it into a cache she can track where it goes. The two stones represent her siblings, and she can decide what the target for the cache is. Her thinking so far is that she will see if it can go to 10 countries and then end up in a cache around the corner from her grandparents house in a country town in New Zealand. It will be an adventure to follow it – and to see what else it picks up along the way!
She also received phone calls, text messages, emails etc, so was feeling very loved. Her father delivered presents from himself, his partner and his parents and included a Lego set, so she spent the afternoon building the lego, very carefully, much to the displeasure of her little brother who wanted to be playing with it instantly!!
The birthday girl requested her annual heart-shaped cake, chocolate with dark pink icing, so I obliged. I did cheat a bit and just add cocoa to a gluten-free packet mix, but it turned out well, so I don’t feel too guilty! I made her wait until about 5pm before we sang, blew out candles etc. She was quite tickled by waiting until “I am actually 10 years old”.
So a decade of loving my funny, smart, loving big girl has been celebrated with much colour and joy. It overwhelms me to think of the next 10 years and where she will be in her life by then, but I know that it will be a journey that will be made with love and support, so I am trying to just breathe out!
I hope that you have had a day, week and month filled with love.