I know you're probably rolling your eyes (because by this age you have perfected that so well) at the fact that I just called you that, but that's exactly what you are. My first baby. And that's exactly what you'll always be. I can't believe that my sweet little baby, that I brought home nearly 13 years ago is now entering into her teenage years. And when you enter those adult years, and become a mother yourself, you will still be just that. My baby.
I remember bringing you home after two weeks in the NICU, wondering how your life would be. Wondering if you would even make it to 13, for that was so uncertain at the time. Wondering if you would struggle more than most. Wondering if you would have friends, or boyfriends. Wondering how this big, mean world would treat you. I had so much anxiety for you for these upcoming years. Everyone always talks about, and it's no secret, the fact that middle school can be the toughest years of your childhood. God, I was scared. But guess what I have figured out? Your teenage years are going to be freaking awesome! Because that's exactly what you are... Awesome. You will approach them with your contagious smile, your amazing sense of humor, and those big blue eyes, taking it all in, just as they have done since the day you came into this world.
While I know that you will take these tough years and make the best of them, like you do most situations, I also want to warn you that you will be facing some tough times ahead. No one makes it out of these years unscathed, sweet girl. Even the most ideal of childhoods produce less than ideal memories from this age. You will fight with your friends, have your first boyfriend, break up with your first boyfriend, lose people you love, experience your first heart break. And I will be there to hold you as you cry during all of this. As long as I am walking this earth, I will always be a safe place for you to fall.
I am prepared for the fact that as you grow older, and your social life becomes more important, that movie and snuggle nights with mom will become less cool. I am well aware of the fact that my opinion won't matter quite as much as it did a few years ago. I am somewhat prepared for the fact that there may be a time where "I hate you" or other terms of endearment are thrown my way. Why am I so sure these things are bound to happen? Because I was 13 once too. But just as I know they will happen, I also know that some day, you will chose to drive home from college to see me "just because". I also know that you will beg me for a girls night or weekend. I also know that you will someday call, crying telling me you're sorry for all of the times you told me you hated me, because you now realize how much I have loved you when you look in the eyes of your own children. Why do I know this? Because I have been there too, sweet girl.
|The first time I ever held you in my arms. A moment frozen in time|
Please, go easy on me these next few years. Remember, you are my first child, so being a mom to a teenager is all new to me too. Let's forge this road, just as we have done all the others: Together. Remember baby girl, It's us against the world. Let's take it on.
|From the most precious little baby...|