So finally the day had come, and for me, months of planning finally came to fruition. I woke emej up to the 20 minute complilation of messages from her friends and family and the 3 hours of music that they all contributed. I got tears before breakfast. She loved it.

Then we had porridge for breakfast and she opened her big present, a Kindle Fire HD, which she loves, before heading out to join her mum, sister, niece and grannie at World’s End garden centre for lunch.

Back home in the evening we had the ceremony of her birthday cake – coffee and walnut – yum!