Monday, June 20, 2011

Meet my daughter

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 3year old who wanted to be just like me.

The 5yr old who thought I knew everything.

The 10yr old who still, occasionally, thought I was cool.

The 13yr old who prayed every night that she was adopted and that her "real" mother would one day save her from me. ( There are no pictures of her, that little demon was afraid of the light.)

The 16yr old with better things to do than hang out with Mom.

The 18yr old who is slowly becoming my friend.

Today my baby girl becomes an adult. Meet Hailey. Mo was her baby nickname, she hasn't allowed anyone to use it for a while but I kept it alive in my blog.

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!

4 comments:

  1. hmmmm....the part about "it's naked time" really sunk in with me. now, where do you live again? still love ya. michael c.

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  2. Oh my friend I know exactly how you feel! When they are young and attached to our leg, we pray for a few glorious minutes to ourselves. But now that they are spreading their wings and leaving the nest, its a lonely sad time! Call me and we can go cry in a margarita together!~

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  3. What a beautiful birthday tribute to your gorgeous girl! It's hard to believe how quickly it goes.

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  4. She's beautiful! And I know how you feel. Congratulations on raising this lovely young lady!

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