Double digits

Today I officially have a child in the double digits.  In 10 short (yet sometimes oh so very long) years, she’s taught me more than most people in my life.   She made me a mom first.  And she, along with her 3 siblings, make sure I earn my title.

We are alike in so many ways.  And very different in other ways.

Sometimes I look at her and think “Wow, she looks SO much like I did at that age”  And sometimes she’ll do/say something that reminds me of how I was as a child.  

This girl loves to be in charge and is very good at doing it.  She’s a take control kind of kid and very rarely says “I’m bored”.  She creates fun.  If she wants something, she goes after it.  Relentlessly.  And she is more observant than any other human I have ever met.  She takes a mental inventory of everything and everyone around her.  She knows where things are.  She remembers what people say.  If I have misplaced something (which is embarrassingly often) she always knows where it is.  Always.  And she worries.  A lot.  About everything.  Which she (unfortunately) gets from me.  Sorry.

Though we certainly have our moments of disagreement, I love to be around her.  We’ve been through some pretty rocky moments together, but we continue to love.  We’ve also had ridiculous amounts of fun together.

It’s fun to watch her personality develop.  She is laugh-out-loud funny and sometimes grit-my-teeth dramatic.  And I never ever know what to expect from her.  She continually surprises me every day.

Happy Birthday “J”.  We sure like having you around.

(Photo of me at roughly the same age)
Please note my little brothers rolled socks.  I die.
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