Happy Birthday Matilda Bear!

7 years ago today, almost to the time of the publication of this post, our first daughter was born. Her arrival was early, fast and full of drama – she was (literally) born to make a dramatic entrance.

Some of her birth items – a tiny premmie dress (she only weighed 5lb born and was too small for 00000!), the measuring tape used in hospital and the felt blindfold used when she underwent phototherapy for jaundice.

And the drama has not diminished in the intervening years.

For my daughter is a girl of extremes. Extreme joy turns into extreme despair many times in the course of a day. There is no in-between. There are no shades of grey. She is intense, emotional, demonstrative and craves individual attention. She cares deeply for others and is loyal and true.

Matilda is strong. She is strong physically and mentally, when it comes to things that she really wants.

But she is vulnerable too. While she is strong she is not especially resilient but she is working hard to build up her emotional reserves and better face disappointment.

Matilda is musical. She loves singing and dancing and playing on the piano. Obviously, she also loves drama – her brother often complains that she is using her “adult hands” again when she gets caught up in telling us a tale.

She is imaginative. Her stories are fantastical and her ability to see the potential in everyday objects to make craft items is uncanny.

Matilda loves to play games. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a board game, card game or video game, she loves nothing more than to play a game with someone.

She is definitely her father’s daughter and enjoys inspecting his models and checking out his newly constructed terrain for tabletop wargames.

Matilda is happiest with her family. She does not always like staying with others or straying too far away from home at night. Home is definitely where the heart is for her.

She loves school and learning and applying what she knows to her life. Last week she asked me to set up PowerPoint document for her and she proceeded to make some slides on “people in the community”!

Matilda loves demonstrating what she knows and is always the first to raise her hand to answer a question, anytime, anywhere.

She longs to have a dog of her own and is currently weighing up the pros and cons of different breeds and researching what she needs to do look after one.

For a 7 year old Matilda is not very worldly and still loves ponies and fairies and teddies and dollies and lego and play jewellery and bags.

Some of Matilda’s favourite things – I hope she can hold onto being a little girl for a few years yet.

I love you my Matilda Bear – you have lit up my life since the moment you arrived and I never fail to be amused, entertained and amazed at your energy, your drive and your theatrics.

Happy 7th Birthday, Princess!

Sharing the birthday wishes this Tuesday with Jess for IBOT.

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24 Responses

  1. What a beautiful descriptive post of your daughter’s gorgeous personality. She sounds like a funny, creative little girl. Happy birthday Matilda!!

  2. BossyMummy says:

    She sounds like a gorgeous girl, hope she keeps her love of ponies, fairies, teddies, dollies and Lego for a few more years 🙂

    • Kirsty says:

      I hope she can be a little girl for a few years yet too – kids seem to grow up too fast these days, I hope she can hang onto to her innocence (for want of a better word) for as long as possible.

  3. Elise says:

    I hope she is having a magical day! 7 is such a special age
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    • Kirsty says:

      She has had “the best day ever” (her words). She went on a school excursion today and got to swim with sharks – how can I come even close to matching that????

  4. Salz says:

    Happy birthday to your Matilda. Hope she has an awesome day.
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    • Kirsty says:

      Thanks Salz – I think she had the best day ever thanks to her school excursion falling on the same day – she was feeling especially special today!

  5. Grace says:

    Happy birthday to your beautiful girl, Kirsty! This post is a beautiful insight to Matilda.
    Hope you have fun celebrating today 🙂 x
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    • Kirsty says:

      Thanks Grace – she is a beautiful little girl (not that I’m biased or anything…:))

      I think she has had a great day so far with lasagne for dinner and birthday cake to come – what more could she ask for?

  6. What a beautiful post! Happy birthday to your lovely girl x
    Catherine Rodie Blagg (Cup of Tea and a Blog) recently posted..Sexism. And shoes

    • Kirsty says:

      Thanks Catherine. She ended up having a wonderful day and it’s not over yet – we have a Halloween themed birthday party still to come!

  7. iSophie says:

    What a lovely post! How she is going to love reading this in 10 year or so.
    Very special, home is where the heart is for me too.
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    • Kirsty says:

      Thanks Sophie. I do hope the kids will read the blog in the future and know how much they are loved and cherished – and, of course, how dysfunctional their mother was at times!

  8. Sending big Birthday wishes to such a beautiful birthday girl! xx
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  9. What a gorgeous post! Happy birthday Matilda! x
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    • Kirsty says:

      Thanks Tina – I’m pretty sure my awesome girl had an awesome birthday – in her own words, “it was the best day ever!”

  10. Jess says:

    Happy birthday beautiful girl! She sounds like an absolute gorgeous firecracker of a kid Kirsty. Reminds me a bit of my Bridie. And I love that she is still so young and innocent. 🙂
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  11. Geraldine says:

    Happy birthday to Mathilda! It’s unbelievable time flies and even after 7 years, we still vividly remember the days when they just arrived.
    Geraldine recently posted..Spaghetti is good for your baby’s brain

    • Kirsty says:

      I know – I can’t believe she’s 7 already. Yesterday she was a tiny baby and today she’s developing into a independent little girl. I don’t even want to contemplate what tomorrow will bring!

  12. I think it’s neat because my cat is Matilda, and I call her Matilda Bear all the time.

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