Dear Emma, 2.5 Years Old

I can barely believe you’re now 2.5 years old. I’ve been writing letters to you every 3 months since you were born and for the first time, I’m saying your age in years instead of months. Perhaps that means that you’re not my baby anymore really, you’re a little girl. These past three months have whizzed by in a flash but have seen the biggest change to your personality, your character and I just adore the person you’re becoming.

Since you were young, everyone would comment on how tall you look. I’m not sure in the truth of that but I do know that recently you have rocketed into age 3 year old trousers. We had fun buying you a whole new wardrobe and you’re becoming more and more selective over what you would like to wear. Yellow wellies, for example, are not your bag and although Mummy has bought you two pairs over the past six months, they will never make it onto your feet. I respect that, shoes are important to every little lady and you’re more of a black and white penguin wellies girl.

When you were younger, I worried about your speech. I didn’t mention it to many people as I knew it would come eventually but I wondered why your friends were saying more words each day and you didn’t want to. Then suddenly at 18 months, the words seemed to be spilling out in little sentences. More recently, only a few weeks ago, we visited Ireland and on our return, I saw that your speech has trebled! You have a wicked sense of humour and your cheekiness is infectious. I love that you find it impossible to keep a secret and the sound of your laughter will always brighten my day.

You’ve fallen in love with nursery and have a circle of friends outside of people you’ve met with me. I can see your independence growing and you’re now able to zip up your top and put your shoes on yourself. How times are changing! Next week we’ll go to your first birthday party and I can’t wait to meet your nursery friends and put faces to the names we talk about every day.

Our routine has changed in the last few months; I work from home and can see how that has made you feel more secure each day. You know where you are these days and feel assured that when you go to nursery, James goes to school and Mummy & Daddy go to work. For that reason, I’m confident we made the right decision there – I’m so much more present for you and I know this time will go by in a flash.

I hope you continue to smile from ear to ear at the little things and make us laugh with your funny faces. I hope you know at the end of every day that you’re surrounded my family and friends who adore you and love seeing you grow into a beautiful little girl. We couldn’t be prouder of you and soon enough I’ll be writing to you again on your 3rd birthday, wondering once again where the time has gone. As you so often say to us after copying your Dad…”don’t go changing!” and I mean it with all my heart.

38 Comments

  1. November 6, 2017 / 10:25 pm

    Bless her Bridget, she really does have an infectious smile! Time does whizz past (even though the days seem long) and it’s amazing how they transform after going to nursery. Look forward to your 3-year-old post soon!
    #DreamTeam

  2. November 7, 2017 / 6:32 am

    Lovely post. I really enjoy reading letters like these! #dreamteam

  3. November 7, 2017 / 7:16 am

    Lovely post dedicated to your daughter. I hope that you keep these letters all treasured in a box so that she can read it one day.#dreamteam

  4. November 7, 2017 / 7:17 am

    What a gorgeous photo! I’m glad to hear she has got her priorities straight with the footwear issues early on!

  5. November 7, 2017 / 7:24 am

    She’s so big now! I love seeing her grow on Instagram, I noticed the other day how much her language has grown on one of your videos. #DreamTeam

  6. November 7, 2017 / 7:57 am

    She’s such a cutie! My eldest is just a little older and it’s scary how rapidly she’s changing now. Her language is amazing but she’s now started answering back quite a bit, little monkey. I am enjoying this age so much, I think it’s brilliant fun. Lovely letter to your daughter. She will love reading these when she’s older x #dreamteam

  7. November 7, 2017 / 9:02 am

    This is gorgeous Bridget. I’ve been debating whether to write a two year update for Baby Lighty, but you may have just persuaded me! It’s so funny when they talk in sentences, isn’t it? Emma is just lovely xxx Thanks for hosting #DreamTeam as always! xxx

  8. November 7, 2017 / 9:26 am

    This is just beautiful – you and Emma have the most gorgeous bond and I love seeing it. Emma is such a happy little thing. xx #dreamteam

  9. November 7, 2017 / 10:10 am

    Beautiful letter to your daughter, gorgeous smile X. #dreamteam

  10. November 7, 2017 / 10:43 am

    Ahh bless she really is growing up and is such an adorable girl. 🙂 #dreamteam

  11. mackenzieglanville
    November 7, 2017 / 11:44 am

    aww that smile could melt any heart, she is absolutely beautiful. I love what you say about not changing, watching them grow into their own person is just the best thing ever xx #dreamteam

  12. mammasschool
    November 7, 2017 / 11:59 am

    This is such a lovely post for a lovely little girl with a beautiful smile #dreamteam

  13. November 7, 2017 / 12:55 pm

    Oh she’s so adorable Bridget. I can’t fault her for her discerning taste in wellies either. We always worried about speech with both of ours but like Emma they just seemed to start speaking in sentences haha. The changes are so exciting at this age aren’t they? xx

  14. November 7, 2017 / 3:02 pm

    She really has an infectious little smile, she looks so happy and you must be so proud! My little boy is also 2.5yrs old and like you I was worried about his speech, but its coming through and their personalities really shine through more day by day. I look forward to reading your next post. #DreamTeam

  15. November 7, 2017 / 3:38 pm

    Love that you’ve let her develop and fill her own shoes, whether that be yellow wellies or not. Speech and development is so individual. Enjoy being 3 little one. #DreamTeam

  16. November 7, 2017 / 4:12 pm

    This is so lovely. She’s adorable. Also, it’s so reassuring the read the speech thing. I’ve being getting a teensy tiny bit concerned about Jacob’s which is silly because he’s so little, but he seems a bit behind some others his age. I know it’s all normal, but it’s still nice to read other people worry too and it’s usually fine in the end! Nice to meet you today! #dreamteam

  17. November 7, 2017 / 4:24 pm

    It’s such a lovely thing you’re doing writing to her all the time, she’s one lucky girl! #thedreamteam

  18. November 7, 2017 / 6:06 pm

    Ah Bridget she is so lovely! What a great post to look back on when she is older… I love that about these blogging posts. I wish I had taken more note when mine were smaller. #dreamteam

  19. November 7, 2017 / 9:08 pm

    This is so lovely. My little girl turned two a couple of months ago. It’s amazing how quickly they go from babies to little people!

    #DreamTeam

  20. November 7, 2017 / 9:32 pm

    Lovely. With my eldest almost an adult, I miss those days #Dreamteam

  21. November 7, 2017 / 9:37 pm

    Lovely photo, no doubt you will read all of those letters together as he gets older and again in many years to come refeklecting on happy memories #dreamteam

  22. November 7, 2017 / 11:49 pm

    What a lovely letter, its a big step moving from months to years – your daugher is a year older than mine and I write monthly letters too. This gives me a little glimpse into the future #dreamteam

  23. November 8, 2017 / 6:03 am

    Reminds me of my firstborn, who turns 3 in January. So not ready for it. Is it ok to cry? Lol. #dreamteam

  24. November 8, 2017 / 10:35 am

    Such a beautiful written letter. I really need to make time to do a similar thing for my little boy. #dreamteam

  25. November 8, 2017 / 5:49 pm

    Oh that smile – gorgeous!! I think I could be “black and white penguin wellies sort of girl” too! Hehe. It’s lovely to hear that she is settling so well into nursery too. My youngest (3) is starting nursery after Christmas and it’s always a worry… #triumphanttales

    • November 8, 2017 / 5:58 pm

      oops I mean #dreamteam. It’s never a good idea to use the wrong hashtag when you’re on someone’s post, but it’s even sillier when you’re commenting on the linky host! Hahaha. #dreamteam #dreamteam #dreamteam Haha

  26. November 9, 2017 / 6:22 am

    She has a lovely smile! It’s a great idea to write an update in the form of a letter, I’m sure Emma will be fascinated to read them when she’s older! #dreamteam

  27. November 10, 2017 / 11:40 am

    Time does whizz past at this age and this is such a sweet testament to her. I’m sure she’d love to look back on this when she is older x #DreamTeam

  28. November 11, 2017 / 9:32 am

    Lovely post. It’s amazing how fast it flies by isn’t it. It great that she’s loving nursery so much, it makes all the difference x
    #DreamTeam

  29. November 11, 2017 / 1:08 pm

    This is such an adorable letter and that smile! She is such a cutie pie and clearly a credit to you! #dreamteam

  30. November 11, 2017 / 1:48 pm

    Aaaww this is truly lovely!! It’s always a funny time when they gain friends that you don’t know,but you hear about all the time #DreamTeam

  31. November 11, 2017 / 8:09 pm

    What a beautiful letter for Emma, Bridget. Once the words start to flow, they really never stop. Just wait till she’s yabbiting in her sleep 🙂 Thanks for being the bestest #DreamTeam host xxx

  32. November 12, 2017 / 3:24 am

    I don’t believe she can get any cuter! That face! Those cheeks! She will someday love these letters as much or more than you enjoy writing them. What a gift! They do grow so quick… #dreamteam xoxo

  33. November 12, 2017 / 6:40 pm

    It’s so true they grow up scarily quickly in the first few years! #DreamTeam

  34. November 12, 2017 / 9:00 pm

    She’s so gorgeous! My daughter was so sure about what she wanted to wear from such a young age and wouldn’t ever wear trousers! We’ve only just got past that and she’s nearly 7! These letters are a great memory for you to share with Emma when she is all grown up! #dreamteam

  35. November 13, 2017 / 11:55 am

    She’s adorable. I’m so pleased you are happy with your decision to work from home. It certainly sounds like she is loving having you at home. #dreamteam

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