When I sat down to write this post tonight the words to Fatboy Slim’s ‘Praise You‘ immediately popped into my head.
We’ve come a long long way together,
Through the hard times and the good,
I have to celebrate you baby,
I have to praise you like I should
Yeah! Look how far we’ve come my baby Rosie. Look how far we’ve come.
It was a big week in the Moncrieff household last week as Rosie turned three!
If two years ago – hours away from Rosie needing to go on a life support machine – you’d have said to me “you know…in a couple of years time this will all be a distant memory. Rosie will be a little chatterbox, you’ll all be laughing, singing, dancing and roller skating“, I would have loved the optimism but probably given a disparaging smile, then most likely cried. Getting to the age of two seemed like the biggest hurdle ever let alone making it to three.
Rosie’s 1st birthday in hospital in 2015
Yet, here we are two years later celebrating her third birthday and as her story unfolds it’s clear Rosie is holding up clenched fists to Nemaline Myopathy (with the help of her new super hero Rosie doll from her Auntie Hannah!) …you go girl!
So last Wednesday Rosie turned three and no special day officially starts until you’ve sung happy birthday to yourself!
Then she put on her Anna dress and we all headed downstairs to check out the present situation!
We’d asked Rosie what she wanted to do on her special day. Swimming, dancing and roller skating (she loves the Trolls movie!) were all on the agenda. So after opening a couple of presents in the morning we put on her new Ariel mermaid costume and headed to Disco Babies, a fun dance class for pre-schoolers at our local church hall.
As soon as we got home from dancing we put on her new roller skates and whizzed around the house!
Then we got our cossies on and headed to the swimming pool for a couple of hours.
Later that afternoon we met Rosie’s granny and papi for dinner where we all sang happy birthday one final time and Rosie blew out the candles on her cake!
Rosie absolutely loved her birthday and it was such a magical day just embracing the activities, watching her play and have fun.
At the end of her birthday, I sat and reflected on the past three years being truly grateful for the experiences we’ve been fortunate to enjoy, appreciating the happy place we are in right now and thinking about how Rosie is really starting to come into her own. She really has come a long way. In fact, we’ve all come a long way.
In part 2 – the birthday celebrations continue long into the weekend where she has her first ever birthday party!