Dear Indie Lilac,
Our cheeky little pickle.
Tomorrow is your birthday, and I can’t quite believe you are going to be one! How did time fly by so quickly, yet feel like you have been here forever?
Your first day on earth was a historic one, plunged into a third lockdown just hours after your birth. And your year of birth has been a historic one too. You are what many have named “a lockdown baby”, although I promise you were not a result of lockdown boredom.
You have had to learn so many different ways of existing in your first year of life; support bubbles, restrictions, mask wearing, no mask wearing. You even had to meet many of your nearest and dearest from the comfort of your doorstep.
Mad, I know!
But in all the madness you have given us a little ray of sunshine. A smiley little bundle of cheekiness that has filled us all with so much joy in a year that otherwise many would like to forget. You have been patient with us too, as life took turns we didn’t expect and we navigated our new normal with two little ones to love. You always smile, rarely cry and just fill our home with so much fun. You adore your sister and she adores you back (most of the time) and Wilson loves that you constantly share food with him.
You have taught me so much about myself, and helped me to be a more confident version of the parent I once was. This time the on the job training wasn’t quite so intense, but the promotion to mum of two did take some getting used to. Thank you for being patient, allowing me to rest and juggle and thank you so bloody much for happily sleeping in a sling for hours on end.
And I have to thank you in abundance for providing me with the drive to go on and educate myself so that I am able to help other women experience the same joy and hope that you and your sister have given to me.
You don’t know it, but in the moments we shared this time last year, labouring alone without your Daddy, you gave me more strength and power than I could ever imagine. So thank you, for being the one that made life feel different the moment you were placed in my arms. Pepper made me a Mummy, but you made me realise how and why to truly be more than that.
So as you drift off into sleep tonight, remember that this year has been an achievement for us all. You, my little one, are part of history. A baby born during Covid 19 and all that comes with that. Our special little lockdown baby.
Happy birthday our cheeky pickle, we love you endlessly and can’t wait to see how your life unfolds over many more birthdays.
Lots of love,
Mummy & Daddy