From tween to teen: Happy Birthday, R.C.

My beautiful niece R.C. is turning 13 this month. 13! I can’t believe it. We celebrated her birthday with a family party this evening. There were presents, chocolates, party sausage rolls, a piñata and pass the parcel! Such fun!

R.C. holds a special place in my heart. She was the first of my nieces and nephews to be born. I was still in high school at the time and spent a lot of time watching her grow. Often, I would take care of her. I have memories of changing her nappies, giving her a bottle, cuddling her and putting her to sleep. We also played a lot. We sang and we danced. Her favorite group was The Wiggles and she knew all the words and actions to “Fruit Salad” and “Big Red Car”. She was such a joy to be around – the littlest, cutest bubble of love!

Now she is growing up! She is a teenager. And what a beautiful young teenager she is! Always kind and thoughtful. She’s such a treasure in our family and hubsband and I love it when she comes to visit. She’s easy going and always willing to help out. You know what? I don’t even need to ask and she will help me pick all the boys toys up off the floor. That, to me, is a special 13 year old.

In her birthday card, I wrote R.C. this special wish:

May these years of exploration, learning and discovery be fun and exciting!

Happy Birthday, R.C. – the leader of the pack! The wise elder of all your cousins. We love you!

xx Natalie.