To my beautiful little princess,
I have so many precious memories of you over the past three years.
You have really made our lives and family complete darling. I love the way you so totally embrace the fact that you are beautiful, doesn't matter if you are covered in mud or dressed to go out, you accept it, and you know you are beautiful. How I wish I could keep that in your heart forever. No matter where you are, no matter what you do in life my darling, hold tight to that confidence in yourself.
Just before you turned three, the bond between you and your dummy was finally broken. You spent a night at Auntie Vics while Daddy and I were away at a concert. You didn't ask for the dummy, and so Auntie Vic didn't offer it to you. When I arrived to pick you up the next day, we threw it in the bin at her place. Just as well, because once you were home to the familiar bedtime routine, all you wanted was your dummy. I stayed strong and persevered and it only took a few (long) nights for you to self settle with out it. You had relied on the dummy to comfort you for so long, that there have been lots of tears since it has been gone. You don't ask for the dummy, but without it, you still struggle to calm yourself easily when you get upset.
PS - sorry about this appearing in the wrong place - the new blog editor doesnt publish when you saved the draft like the old one (ie back dated)...bit of a pain really!