Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Sarah is 10 - Double Digits!!!

Sarah is 10 years old!!!  My baby girl is double digits.  It seems like just yesterday she was the 6lb, 10oz bundle that created our family, but it has been an entire decade.   Better than magic, because it is real, she has changed from baby, to toddler, to child, to young lady - right before our very eyes.

The night Sarah was born, I labored all night long, I figured I might as do it once again.  To celebrate Sarah's birthday, we hosted a slumber party. There were all the necessary ingredients: sleeping bags, pillow fights, cake, dancing, truth or dare, pizza, giggling, all mixed with very little sleeping.  In Sarah's words, it was "awesome."  If I can keep her saying that straight through this entire next decade, I will be so lucky. 

As I write this, I am reminiscing about 10 years of parenthood:  the things I've learned, the mistakes I've made, the hopes I have for the future, and the amazing miracle that I was 29 when Sarah arrived and I am still 29 today.

In these past 10 years, I have mastered many skills (one handed diaper changes) and added new vernacular ("you better be listening to my words"), but two things lessons are reiterated everyday:  1) I can't love my kids too much, and 2) parenthood is really, really, really hard and it never gets easier.

Today, if I look at Sarah (and brag), in spite of our mistakes, our love and hard work is, well, working.  She is smart and funny.  She is a whiz at math - something her Ga Tech parents think is mighty cool.  She is diligent and hard working.  She is friendly, kind, and helpful.  She is loving and beautiful.  If all that has blossomed in just 10 years, I can't wait to see what the future holds. 

Happy Birthday Baby Girl!!!!

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