December 13, 2010

On Turning 8


This week begins what is sure to be a week-long celebration of BabyGirl turning 8. The cliché that they grow up so fast is so true. While I remember the evening before she was born and the day of her birth quite vividly, these past almost 8 years? A blur.

So forgive me if I wax nostalgic this week and into the next. I’m absolutely amazed at what a beautiful young girl she is becoming. I’m in awe of her abilities. She speaks French as well as any 8 year old French child. She plays violin well beyond that of kids twice her age. She’s polite and generous. Hilarious and entertaining.

I tell her all the time that she will forever be my baby, even when she’s a mom (which, of course, can only happen after grad school because you have to have a master’s degree before you can get married, and of course you have to be married to have kids). I joke with her about moving away to college with her. Although, some days I’m not so sure if it’s a joke based on the schoolwork she’s doing. And BabyGirl goes along with it, most of the time.

Where has the time gone? I have over 20,000 photos loaded into iPhoto which chronicle the past almost 8 years of her life. 20,000! That’s almost 7 pictures a day, every day, for 8 years. I guess that makes me more like the typical modern mom than the picture hound it sounds like. And I could sit for hours and look at the pictures. Thousands of which I’ve had printed into real 4 x 6 images and put into books or created photobook keepsakes. Yah, I’m one of those moms.

Motherhood has changed me in a million ways I’d never imagined. It has energized me, though I’m sleep deprived. It’s made me smarter, even though I can’t remember where I parked the car sometimes. It’s brought me to tears, just watching her from a distance. It’s filled me with pride, although I don’t always tell her. And I can worry, even though she’s just in the other room. This week I celebrate my beautiful daughter. Without whom I would just be a plain ol’ blogger. Instead, I am, proudly, a mommy blogger.



Victoria December 13, 2010 at 11:02 am

Time sure does fly when you’re raising little kids!

Marlynn @designmama December 14, 2010 at 9:32 am

Sara, what a lovely birthday post! Happiest of birthdays to your little girl! She sounds just as amazing and lovely as you are.

rhonda December 16, 2010 at 5:03 pm

And I remember being with all of you like it was yesterday. It really doesn’t seem possible that its been 8 yrs. Every moment of that trip was a blessing to me.

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