And a few days later, she is today officially four - and even understanding the concept of a difference between her party day and her actual birthday (which I had not expected), so we got to "celebrate" all over again today, and she was thrilled all day long.
Before dinner, I sat her down for her Birthday Interview, which she loved.
Here are her answers this year.
What is your name?
How old are you?
What is your favourite thing to do?
Colour and paint
What do you want to be when you grow up?
Lots of things... a nurse, a doctor, and a mummy
What is your favourite food?
Spaghetti, pizza and twirly pasta
Who do you like to spend time with?
Nannus and Nannas, and my aunties and uncles
What do you do really well?
I was really good at doing my orange dinosaur for the library, so painting.
What makes you laugh?
What is the best time of the day?
Singing my bedtime song
What are you afraid of?
Dinosaurs and big spiders
Who is your best friend?
Betsy. And Olivia and Maya.
What do you like to do with your family?
Stickers and dress up for school
What do you love to learn about?
Hippopotamuses and rhinos
Where do you like to go?
What is your favourite book?
If you had one wish, what would it be?
To have Elsa shoes
Do you get that she loves going to school?
But I was especially touched by her mention of Betsy. She hasn't seen or spoken to her since we were in Malta in July of last year, and yet she still considers her to be her best friend.
My little girl is a sweet, kind, loving and considerate little soul, and I'm proud and honoured to be her Mummy.
Happy Birthday, little cherub. Here's to many, many more.