Today is Celia's ninth birthday.
Upon learning she was a girl, I loudly exclaimed, "YEA! a girl who I can put in pig tails and tutus."
I'm truly lucky and blessed to have her as my child even if the road is sometimes soul-crushingly hard. Not because of her personally but due to all of the growing up stuff that comes with being a nine-year-old.
Her anxiety, her dyscalculia and her sensitive nature. In the end I know she will be a stronger person because internally, she is such a strong person.
I love you beautiful girl. You make my heart full of love, promise and strength.