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Happy birthday, Little L


Do you know that poem about how you don’t own your children? When I read it for the first time, pregnant with Lil’ L, a little more than five years ago, I found it hard to comprehend. How would I not feel ownership of someone whom I made, who for the longest time (so far) had been part of my own body?


As soon as my baby girl was born though, her own little character started to show. Of course, there are traits of myself and my husband in her, but foremost, Lil’ L is and always has been herself. She’s incredibly headstrong, yet sensitive and kind. Her sense for right and wrong is killing me at times, especially when others take advantage of her hesitance to jump the queue or grab that last biscuit.

She is generous and considerate, yet loves a bit of drama when she feels she’s treated unfairly.

Lil’ L, we love you so much. Have a very happy 5th birthday!


  1. So touching, really moved me as Little L sounds so like my eldest Oliver as he too is his own little person, they grow so fast. Happy Birthday beautiful (still little) L x

  2. Yes, they do come with their own personalities. Wishing miss L a very Happy Birthday!

  3. Cait says

    Happy Birthday to your lovely girl-I have two girls too .The eldest is five tomorrow so am trying to blow up balloons and wrap presents in between running to the cot as the baby wakes for the fifth time!I enjoy reading your blog.Its honest-it’s real and I often find similarities between us.I too, well up,when reading those poems.There is a lovely Irish one which when translated reads -There was jam on the door handle, I suppressed the anger that rose up inside of me for one day the jam would be gone and the little hand gone too..I cry every time I read it.where does the time go?Its a reminder on those tough days how fleeting this time is.I wish I always had the energy and patience to embrace every moment.

  4. Aww that’s lovely!! Happy birthday to your lovely daughter. I totally agree. I love spotting in my son little bits of me, little bits of my husband and little bits that are just my son, made up from a mixture of genetics and nurture. A lovely post 🙂

  5. happy birthday gorgeous Lil! And happy birth-day to you, because on that day it was the day that you became a mother, and, that, in itself, is the most powerful thing xx

  6. Helloitsgemma says

    Happy birthday little one.
    I expected to be give birth to a blank canvas, but they are not. They are themselves and as they get bigger they become more themselves. Enjoy 5 – I found it magical.

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