Saturday was a very special day in our little household. It was the day we Celebrated Charlotte’s 6th birthday.
I still remember, like it was only yesterday, the day she was born. During my pregnancy I had convinced my self that she was going to be a boy. The pregnancy felt very different from Miss Elizabeth and as much as I was craving another little girl I just couldn’t get my hopes up. Even the midwife was convinced that I was going to have a little boy. We knew that if she was a girl she would definitely be named Charlotte Mary but we had no idea what boy name we wanted. In the end I left it to Mick to decided on a boy’s name, I just couldn’t face it.
Well you can imagine my delight and surprise when she was born and they told me we had a little girl. I remember my heart rejoicing and crying tears of joy, “I’ve got my little Charlotte”.
6 years on and Charlotte again on her 6th birthday brought me tears of joy and my heart was bursting with pride. Saturday was not only her birthday but also the end of year Ballet Concert. I always knew Charlotte would love to dance. She learnt to dance well before she could walk. she loved all types of music and it isn’t uncommon to see her dancing and singing along in her car seat. At the end of last year after 6 months of doing Jazz, Charlotte declared that she wanted to learn ballet. Going along with what she wanted to do I never really expected that she would love it like she has. In fact what she loves most of all is being on the stage. All year, every Saturday we have gone to ballet practice, learning our dances, she performed in 3 Eiesteddfods, I have watched her slowly grow along the way. I remember telling her at one of her performances, after all the normal “don’t forget to point your toes, don’t forget to smile, concentrate…” telling her “most of all don’t forget to have fun” and she turned to me in her little matter-of-factly voice and said “Don’t you know Ballet is always fun mum”. I just love her enthusiasm.
Little did I know that on this day, her 6th birthday, my little ballerina would blow me away at her final concert. I was so proud of my little ballerina, the way instead of watching the other girls she remembered what she had to do and just did it. She danced like I haven’t seen her dance before. The girls have struggled all year with their “Jesse” dances, for various different reasons and it was begining to feel like they would never get it right. Wow what a performance they put on for us at their final concert… what a treat it was to watch as it was just the most beautiful dance when it all comes together. We are so looking forward to another year of Ballet, and this year coming, Charlotte has decided that she wants to learn a Sole dance (not sure that I’m ready for this)!!!!!
6 months ago, I saw on the blog of one of my favourite photographers El Hogan, a blog post documenting her son’s birthday. At the time I thought what a wonderful idea. So for Charlotte’s birthday I set out to do the same. I hope this will be a special keepsake for her in years to come.
So here is my daughter 6th birthday
Off to our first performance for the day, and what a special birthday greeting by our ballet teacher Ms Kerryn
A little rest time before the evening performance
And the birthday celebrations continued into the next day with Charlotte’s party at the park
Three girls being girls, sitting on a log together talking. How grown up they seemed. My little baby is growing too quickly right before my eyes.
So proud of you my Little Ballerina. Looking forward to seeing you grow and having a wonderful year ahead. Hugs and Kisses Mum xoxo
P.S A special thank you to Elizabeth for taking a couple of pictures of Charlotte and me, for me.