Monday, August 11, 2008

Happy Birthday Drama Girl!


Today my oldest child is 12.

Her life is an interesting journey. She was the long wished-for baby after miscarriages. The one for whom I spent hours researching pregnancy and baby-tending. The one who decided to be born early after I decided to have garlic-jalapeno pizza for dinner.

The oldest gets to be the trailblazer in the family. The first to go to school, the first to have sleepovers, the first to get a cell phone.

She has been my fairy princess, a Hogwarts student, an actress.

She collects experiences and friends like a ball made from rubber bands. Each one making her more than she was before.

I've been there when she discovered the beach, the zoo, Disneyland. I've watched her learn to read.

I've watched her grow her own taste and opinions. I've watched her navigate the joys and challenges of having siblings so close in age.

And now here we are, on the brink of some possibly tumultuous years. I've been writing about her a lot lately, because her metamorphosis is amazing and I want to always remember what this time is like. I don't want her to grow up too fast, but I'm enjoying watching her journey so much that this morning I am reminded to prepare myself for the inevitable. She wont stop growing up, no matter what I do.

So happy birthday Drama Girl! Thanks for making me a mom. I love you.

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Beth said...

What a great post! Happy birthday to Drama Girl. I'm sure you two can withstand whatever "teen stuff" comes your way and will come out the other end even stronger. Besides... us first borns are always the angels. Its the younger siblings you have to watch out for. :o)

~Beth

What A Card said...

Happy birthday! Hope it's the start of a terrific year!

Jaime said...

Happy Birthday!!!

I hope she has a great day, and enjoys the last of the "childhood" years...

good luck, Mama! Next year, she'll be a *gasp* TEEN!

But take this into consolation: I was better as a teen than a pre-teen. :)

angie said...

Ahhh........Happy Birthday, Drama Girl. Hope you remember to be nice to your mom in the coming years. :)

Kellan said...

What a sweet tribute to your adorable daughter. Happy Birthday Drama Girl - I hope it is wonderful!

Have a good day - Kellan

Nancy said...

aw. This is a great post :)

Happy Birthday Drama Girl!

Cheri @ Blog This Mom! said...

What a lovely tribute post.

Happy Birthday to Drama Girl!

noble pig said...

OMG tearing here. That was wonderful and she is so lucky to have you...you are the lighting the way for her and that is the most unselfish thing a mother can do.

Anissa Mayhew said...

That was a beautiful birthday tribute. I hope that she always knows and remembers how much she's loved.

kelsey said...

Aww Happy Birthday!

Laura said...

I teach 12 year olds and I think they are so fun and interesting.
Happy B-day.

Scary Mommy said...

Hope Drama Girl's birthday was a happy one!! Love this post :)

Cynthia said...

Happy Birthday! I remember my 12th year with fondness...the calm before the storm :-) Enjoy!

apronstringsandothertiesthatbind said...

This post sent me soaring through time. My oldest will be 35 in two days. It doesn't seem possible. Her oldest, my first-born grandchild turned 14 in July...again it doesn't seem possible.

Savor every moment...

keep her under your wing while she's spreading hers...

love conquerors all! (except the laundry...time for me to get back to work. :D

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