In some ways I'm shocked that she could possibly be that old- didn't we just meet her?- but at the same time, she's such a central part of our life that I can barely remember a time before she arrived.
Four seems to be a transition point from toddler to kid. It's been such a privilege to watch this year as some of her babyhood has fallen away to reveal the person she's becoming. She's grown from a feisty little baby to a sweet, thoughtful, (and still feisty) young lady, and I'm honestly fascinated to learn more about who she is. Sometimes it's hard at this stage to know which characteristics are due to age (i.e. toddlers are stubborn, preschoolers are curious, kids are goofy...) and what is truly the unique character of our specific kid, so I'm loving getting little glimpses of our one and only Piper.
The beauty of Pipes is in her contradictions. Every time I think I have her figured out...I realize she's that...and...
Oh, Piper? She's my responsible one. She's the careful watcher. She's a determined perfectionist. A typical oldest child. Smart as a whip and wise beyond her years.
Her personality goes beyond the labels and limits I'm tempted to rest on her. She is serious and silly. She's bossy and caring. She's cautious and surprising.
And there is something so beautiful about the fluidity of this stage. There are some traits that have been within her since the moment she was born, but in so many ways she's only just begun to grow...
I love all the this and that of her. I love that we've gotten four years to discover new things about her. I love that every time I think I have her pegged, she shocks me with her boldness, or silliness, or specialness that twists and expands my perception of her.
I love the adventure of the past year, and I'm looking forward to all the changes and surprises that she has in store for us in the year to come.
Happy birthday Piper. We love you.
P.S. See past birthdays One, Two, Three
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