Happy birthday, 10 year old girl!

Another year has flown by and my youngest child, my baby, my beautiful daughter is into double figures! How did that happen?

In my head, my beautiful girl is still tiny, but then I see that she seems to fill her bed. How did she get so big? And then I look at her hands and they’re still cute and tiny. She’s not so big, after all. But she’s definitely growing. Will 10 be the year we see a growth spurt and puberty? I’m not sure I’m ready for that just yet, but what parent ever is?

My girl is still the amazing hard working, dedicated daughter she has always been. Over the last year, her dancing has gone from strength to strength. She achieved distinction in her Grade 2 modern exam and has just taken her Grade 2 ballet exam. The results aren’t in yet, but I would be willing to bet good money she’s got herself another distinction (she has never got anything less). She is a truly beautiful dancer, who captivates anyone who watches her (not just me, honestly).

Silent Sunday, My Sunday Photo, Daughter, Dance, Exam

It was her wonderful dancing that led my daughter to what may have been the best experience of her life (and I’m not exaggerating) – the panto. Over the course of eight weeks from November to January, my daughter rehearsed and then performed in a professional pantomime, averaging six shows a week. She loved every second of it and so did we. It was hard work, but it was so worth it. It really exceeded all of our expectations. We saw our daughter grow in talent and confidence, in the nicest possible way, adding singing and acting to her dance skills. It’s now 10 weeks since the panto ended, but there isn’t a day goes by when she doesn’t talk about it. Strangely, she still talks about it in the present tense, as it is still so real and vivid to her.

The panto ending understandably left her feeling down and we had a few days where my lovely, happy daughter wasn’t herself. She didn’t want to go back to normal school and normal dance lessons and was looking for something else. In the end, we didn’t find the something else and she has settled back into real life.

Over the last year she has discovered a love (and sometimes love-hate) relationship with running, particularly Parkrun. We started Parkrun last spring and slowly got hooked, to the point where it is pretty much a necessity every Saturday morning. Taking a break from Parkrun for the panto knocked my competitive daughter’s confidence a bit as she wasn’t achieving the times she had achieved previously. But I’m very proud of her for being able to run three miles, in a time that beats many adults.

Daughter, Running, Parkrun, Birthday, 10th birthday

Last year, we got a very unusual holiday in Amsterdam with just our daughter, while my boys were on a 12 day Scout camp. I missed them, but having that bonding time with my daughter was amazing. She is such a loving girl who adores both of her parents, but rarely gets as much attention as she would like. She has to fight her brothers (literally and metaphorically) for attention a lot of the time, so to have some individual time with both of us was so good for her. She loved that holiday, as we all did.

Daughter, Amsterdam, Bridge, Holiday

Talking of brothers, the last year hasn’t seen an end to the fighting. There was a brief period when my eldest was nice to her as he was so proud of what she achieved in the panto, but normal service was soon resumed. The two of them fight from the moment they set eyes on each other in the morning until after my daughter has gone to bed – my son usually goes into her room to wind her up, even though he knows it isn’t allowed. My daughter doesn’t take it lying down and will give as good as she gets. It all gets rather noisy sometimes, but who can blame her?

Over the last few months, my daughter has had to get used to getting up earlier and leaving the house earlier to get her middle brother to his new school. It has been a big change for her, but she hasn’t complained once.

This will be the year when she takes the dreaded grammar school entrance exam. And she’s determined to pass. I would like nothing more than to see her at the same school as her brother. She’s not as naturally bright as he is, but what she lacks in natural ability, she makes up for in sheer hard work and determination. She is working towards the test every day. That is her choice, we aren’t forcing her to do it. She will be a credit to whatever school she goes to and will completely suit a grammar school, which will value her work ethic and all of the other skills she can bring in sport, dance and drama.

My 10 year old daughter continues to make me smile and make me proud every day and I’m sure she will continue to do so over the coming year. Hopefully she will get into another panto this year and I’m sure she will take whatever being 10 throws at her in her stride!

Happy 10th birthday, beautiful girl! You are the best daughter anyone could ask for.

 

Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. Lovely post – hope she has a happy birthday! I remember Betsy being really excited about reaching double figures! xx

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    • Thanks very much! She had a lovely day, apart from going to school! x

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  2. A big Heppy birthday to your wonderful girl who never seems to stop, obviously she has her mummies determined attitude. It’s going to be a big year for year with the grammar school exams and I’m sure she will smash it. Hope she has a lovely day today x

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    • Thanks very much! She really is a determined girl! She had a lovely day, thanks. x

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  3. Happy birthday from us! What a lovely post. I’m wondering, do you keep hard copies of these and will you give them to her one day? It’d be a shame for her not to have a diary of all her wonderful achievements and your pride for her. X

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    • Thanks very much, that’s a lovely idea and one I hadn’t thought of. I will encourage them to read my blog when they’re old enough to understand that I sometimes wrote negative stuff, but it didn’t mean I disliked them! x

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  4. Lovely post! Happy birthday to your wonderful 10 year old! My daughter turns 10 next year, although she’s my eldest, but I still don’t know where the time is going! x

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    • Thanks very much! It is a different feeling when it’s your eldest turning 10 (or becoming a teenager etc) compared to your youngest.

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  5. Beautiful post Sarah, hope your daughter has a wonderful birthday 🙂 X

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    • Thanks very much, she really did! x

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  6. Happy birthday to her, she sounds like such a lovely girl! I really enjoyed reading about her pantomime adventure and seeing your parkrun achievements. I hope you all have a lovely day!

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    • Thanks very much, that’s such a lovely thing to say. We had a very good day, thanks, apart from it being Monday and school!

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    • Thank you! She had a lovely day 🙂 x

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  7. Happy Birthday wishes to your gorgeous daughter, what an incredible year she’s had. Here’s to another brilliant year for her x

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    • Thank you! She really did have a brilliant year. x

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  8. Such a beautiful post Sarah. What an amazing year she has had and I bet she loved every minute of that holiday without her brothers. I hope she has a wonderful day turning 10 x

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    • Thanks very much, she had a lovely day. And she really did enjoy every minute of that holiday without her brothers. I still find it incredible that we were able to do that! x

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    • Thanks very much! She had a lovely day 🙂 x

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  9. Seeing the last one move into double digits, really is a milestone isn’t it? 10 does seem very grown up. What a year she’s had. I’ve no doubt she will put her all into that grammar test. Good luck to her, whatever the outcome. x

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    • Thanks very much! It definitely is milestone! I really can’t claim to have any little children any more, even though I’m sure she’s still really a baby! x

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  10. Happy birthday to your daughter, I hope she has a wonderful day. She certainly sounds like a very sensible and mature girl for her age. I love that photo of her running on park run, she has such a big stride! It must be lovely being able to run together, I do look forward to that time with my girls.x

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    • Thanks very much! She does have a very long stride, bless her! She had a lovely day, thanks. x

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  11. Aw such a lovely post. 10!!! HOW did she get to 10, it sounds so grown up. She is such a credit to you and it is lovely to see how proud of her you are

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    • Thanks very much. I know, I still can’t believe she’s 10. She was only 5 when I started blogging!

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  12. Such a lovely post Sarah, Joe made 10 this year and I still see him as the baby, yet Jack seemed so grown up at that age. I think I must mother him more being the youngest. Amsterdam must have been just lovely, its so great to get individual time with them isn’t it? before we know it we will no longer had a child a primary school how scary is that ?

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    • Thanks very much. I think it’s only natural to mother the youngest more. It will be weird to have no kids at primary school, but after 10 and a half consecutive years, there’s a part of me that feels ready for that!

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