Amy turns seven. (WHERE DOES THE TIME GO?)

by Veronica on September 4, 2013

in Amy

Tomorrow Amy turns seven. It seems like a big leap; a cuspy age, bridging the gap between small child and big child, without leaving much wiggle room.

The house is quiet, but I’m sure if I wander down the hall, Amy will be awake in her bed, unable to fall asleep. It’s a hard time to be a child, on the night before your birthday or Christmas. There’s so much anticipatory adrenaline that sleep won’t come.

I remember one Christmas Eve, lying in bed, listening to my parents blow up balloons and talk about plans for the coming day. I scrunched my eyes closed. I changed position. I counted sheep. Nothing worked and I could not sleep. Later, when I did sleep, it was fitful, filled with half formed dreams and a sense of urgency.

It’s when I sit here, in my almost silent house, waiting for Amy to sleep, that I wish I’d had the foresight to wrap all of her presents a week ago. I’m tired, everything is scattered and hidden everywhere and I just want to go to bed, and yet, I’m typing this and waiting waiting waiting for everything to come together.

In the morning, she will awake to find a pile of pretty presents awaiting her. I’ll hide the impatiently wrapped ones on the bottom and she won’t care, the excitement of her birthday will cover any sticky-tape mistakes I make.

Last year, as she turned six, I slept in a hospital bed beside Evelyn, waiting tests and results, stretched paper thin as the new motherhood of three children tore me in different directions. It was a hard time, and we were all poorer for it.

This year, we will all be under the same roof, and that makes up for everything. We will eat cake, and bat balloons around, and let Evelyn eat the wrapping paper. There will be laughter and shrieking and it will be the very best kind of chaos.

For tomorow, Amy turns seven.

Amy growing up

{ 13 comments }

tiff September 4, 2013 at 9:49 pm

I hope you all have a lovely day! I have loved seven with each child. May tomorrow be full of good memories made xx

Suzie September 4, 2013 at 11:01 pm

I have said this before but I think you are hands down the blogger I most want to read.

Hope everyone enjoys tomorrow!

Suzie

Denyse September 4, 2013 at 11:42 pm

Hip hip hooray forAmy’s birthday! Marvellous post & I too cannot believe where the time has gone! Look at your growing up girl! D xx

Happy Elf Mom September 5, 2013 at 12:07 am

Happy birthday! :)

Marylin September 5, 2013 at 12:12 am

Happy Birthday Amy!! I hope you have a wonderful day! Lots of love!
I can’t believe how quickly the years go by… my BABY will be 6 next month. How the hell??
I’m awful for leaving things till the last minute too, so it’s not just you. ;)

Marita September 5, 2013 at 7:48 am

Happy Birthday Amy.

I think having all the family together enjoying each others company is the best present for any kid :)

Krista Petrauskas September 5, 2013 at 9:52 am

Wishing your daughter Amy, a lovely, yummy, birthday, filled with happy shrieks and sunshine.
You are great mum.
I loved reading about your own treasured memory about your own remembered birthday,pairing it to the present.
She in turn will collect a memory for her own future.
lovely day to you all.

Ankia September 5, 2013 at 12:25 pm

Happy birthday to Amy!! :) X

Sharon @ Funken Wagnel September 5, 2013 at 4:28 pm

I hope she has a very happy birthday, and I’m so glad you all get to be together this year.

river September 5, 2013 at 4:57 pm

Happy Birthday Amy! I hope you have a fantastic day full of fun.

Gina Mac September 6, 2013 at 12:58 am

Happy Birthday Miss Amy!! We were born on the same day!
Hope you have an awesome day! Great post as always.
~gina
Huntsville, Texas
USA

Anne September 7, 2013 at 12:13 pm

Happy 7th Birthday Miss Amy! :)

Oh how the time does fly and before you know you it, they’ve gone from being a little kid to a big kid. I’m another person that does tend to leave things till the last minute, but I’m trying to break out of that habit lol

Blossom September 7, 2013 at 4:42 pm

Happy birthday Amy !

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