She wears the number well.
That year between five and six is a big one. Lots is learned, vocabulary is widened, and maturity skyrockets.
Hanna has proved this to be true in many ways.
She has grown up, and developed right before my eyes, into a very social, very smart, sweet little lady.
She's got something about her that just lights up a room.
This morning she woke up in my bed. Before I even had the chance, she reminded me that it was her birthday.
She got a great big "Happy Birthday, Honey!" from me, and responded with the widest smile and a great big "Thaaank yooou!"
The night before we made pies, and she was so heartbroken that they finished baking too late and she had to go to bed before being able to taste them. I told her she could have a special birthday breakfast and have pie in the morning.
"No...I think I need a healthy breakfast. I'll have a bagel AND a pie!"
She's just so funny.
Sometimes the things she says, or does surprises me...I think because there's a part of me that always goes back to the genetics clinic. Those doctors didn't expect very much from that beautiful baby girl.
We always pushed her, and believed in our hearts that she was going to be just fine, and here she is. Proving those doctors that they don't know everything and that there is so much more to be learned about the mind and body.
She is not just fine.
She is perfect.
She runs, and plays, and fights and yells.
She jumps, and skips, and gets into plenty of trouble.
She has a lot of work ahead of her, but she has come so far already. In school she is progressing like I never would have imagined.
She's learning blends.
This little girl of mine will be reading short words pretty soon. Something that I thought would be a whole lot harder for her to do.
She will be reading in both print and braille before we know it.
It's just awesome.
After she ate her breakfast this morning, she kept telling everyone "Just tell me Happy Birthday again."
So we would.
Every time we got the same smile and thankful response.
My mom took her for her Wednesday school lesson at her house, and they made cupcakes for her birthday. She brought them home so excited and didn't manage to keep her fingers out of them before Matt got home to put some candles on them. (Hence the chocolate on her nose below!)
Matt got home shortly after lunch and we sang her the birthday song which she thanked us for over and over.
She could barely blow out the candles from smiling so big.
We gave her our gift after that. She asked for a new Minnie Mouse outfit to dress up in, so of course we found one. It's a big deal that Baby Glow Worm wasn't the only thing on her wishlist!
Later on, I took everyone out to Toys R Us so she could spend the rest of her birthday money from a couple weeks ago to buy - you guessed it - a new Baby Glow Worm.
This makes her 4th glow worm. I guess she's collecting them now.
Hanna had a great day today. She got phone calls from loved ones, which made her day even more special.
I had to tell her at one point that she was being kind of a stinker. She knows everyone's thinking of her, and she thinks the entire day should revolve around her. Of course it should, but she's so funny because she even gets bossy. She didn't forget it was it was her birthday for one second until she fell asleep tonight, and she made sure we all remembered too.
This mighty, small one is amazing in so many ways.
She deserved a great day, and she got it.
Happy Birthday my sweet girl.
You are loved so much more than words can say.