Eloise is eleven. Eleven!

Hard to believe my first-born is now eleven years old

It’s a cliché, of course, but don’t they grow up fast?!

Eloise is now eleven, and only half a year out from starting secondary school.

Clearly she was very excited about her birthday, as the day kicked off with her – and her sister Imogen – being wide awake from 4am. Ugh. It’s hard to be too grumpy about such unrestrained joy. That said, this might be one thing I won’t mind her growing out of!

We are all so proud of Eloise. Those of you who know her story, know that she hasn’t had it easy. She battles through life with a host of challenges most people know nothing about. But she just gets on with it, doesn’t feel sorry for herself, and gives herself so wholeheartedly to everything she does.

Turning eleven is also another significant milestone as, for better or worse, we agreed that eleven would be the age she could have an iPhone. Here begins a whole new parenting stage, I’m all too aware! Eloise, naturally, is very excited about this development.

Anyway, on this day where we celebrate our wonderful daughter, I also want to say thank you to all those friends and family who have supported us – and continue to support us – on the parenting journey. We, literally, couldn’t do it without you. It’s another cliché, but it takes a village. Thank you for being our village.