On this day, 18 years ago at 5:01am, my lovely daughter came into this world. All 6 pounds 6 ounces of her, changing my life forever.
This is the beautiful little baby I met in the delivery room.
The 16yr old with better things to do than hang out with Mom.
Thank you Hailey for letting me be your Mom. Thank you for changing my life into something more wonderful than I could have ever dreamed.
Now it's time for you to make your life whatever it will be. It is time for me to step back, to hope that I've done everything I can as a mother, to allow you to find your way in this world.
I promise to always be here, turning 18 doesn't change that. I know you are strong, beautiful, intelligent and independent. You will accomplish all that you desire and things that I never even dreamed were possible. I love you, more than you know.
There is a piece of paper hanging on the fridge that I cut from Family Circle magazine in 1995 it says:
Making the decision to have a child- it's momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. ==Elizabeth Stone.
Those are the truest words I've ever heard. Every where you go, I'm there, loving you, wanting the best for you, hoping you are safe, happy, fulfilled.
Letting go has been harder than I imagined. I love you so.
Now that the mushy part is over, back to what I've said for years. My work here is done, get out of my house, it's naked time!