Friday, 11 April 2014

Fourteen

Rachel, it seems like five minutes since you turned thirteen. Please stop growing up so fast. Not only is it making me feel old, but your little-girlness is slipping away at an alarming rate. I dread the day when you no longer want me to wait "just a sec, just a sec" (spoiler alert - it never is just a sec) while you get ready for bed so that I can tuck you in. I feel it now, that cutting of the umbilical cord. Your perfectly natural and appropriate independence. But you are my baby, my first, my little girl. I remember the teenage years being hard to cope with as a teenager, but I never realised how hard it is as a parent. Next you'll develop an interest in dating, god help us all.
But how can I be afraid when I see the amazing person you are becoming. Kind, funny, beyond thoughtful - you work so hard to include everyone. You are doing well in school, both socially and academically. I love that you have such good friends.
Sweetheart, you keep growing up, ok? I'll get used to it.

13 comments:

  1. Such a perfect tribute to an amazing daughter (and though you didn't intend it, to an amazing mum, too). Dammit. There's something in my eye.

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  2. I think I have something in my eye too! Happy birthday Rachel :)

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  3. Anything that makes your hubby cry is good by me!
    Many Happy Returns young lady xx

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  4. I don't have kids, but I just love seeing parents be proud of and loving their children. She's a lucky girl!

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  5. Happy birthday to her! I'm pretty sure she's going to keep growing whether you like it or not ;o)

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  6. You do such beautiful birthday posts. You're a great mum so I can see why she's a daughter to be proud of.
    Happy birthday Rachel. Hope you had a great day.

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  7. Charlotte, you cannot write posts like that anymore, I get way too emotional at the moment!! Happy birthday Rachel!

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  8. What a beautiful daughter you have! And you are beyond lucky that she still wants you to tuck her in or even abides it! It will likely change and that will be normal, but glad you can still enjoy it for now. And if she ever becomes very, very difficult, especially in her relationship with you, that is very normal as well. Hurts, but it is normal and the way our daughters learn to be independent young women. They NEED to separate themselves from us, their mothers, and that is sometimes pretty rough going. It does get better eventually though. Daughters are terrific!

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  9. You are both so lucky to have each other. OMG, 14.... does that happen to all little girls? gulp.

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  10. These damn children keep growing up!
    Great post and what a lovely, gorgeous girl!!!

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  11. A beautiful post for a beautiful girl. I won't lie; this made me teary.

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  12. I love that last line - perfect!

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thanks for making my day!