Tuesday, February 03, 2009

4745 days, but who's counting?

She turned 13 today. I was more emotional than I thought I would be. I was searching for pictures of her to put in a slide show when the tears started. She is taller than me. How did she get to be taller than me? I held all 8lbs 15 ounces of her in my two hands with almost no effort. Her tiny head fit perfectly on my chest. Once she was knee high to me and we danced on a picnic table while a crowd of family and friends cheered us on. Where did that little girl go?

It's a strange thing to be a parent and watch your child grow up. I know the girl she is today and I remember the girl she was 10 years ago. Sometimes it seems impossible that those two could be the same person. Sometimes I find myself expecting that little girl to come back as if she's just been gone to a friends house for the last 10 years.

Today she sat on my lap and I told her how very much I love her and how proud I am of the young lady she has become. I then declared that there will be no more growing up from either her or Hayden. This mama's heart just can't take it!


Kelli said...

Oh boy, I feel the same way, and mine are only three! I have thought the same thing -- that I feel like I should be able to turn around and see my babies as actual BABIES again. It makes me sad at how fast time goes by, but also makes me want to live as in-the-moment as possible.

13! Wow. I can't even imagine 4, let alone 13.

Happy Birthday, Erin!

Kristen said...

So sweet. :) It just goes so fast, huh?

Happy birthday, Erin the Beautiful!

Denise said...

Oh my........ 13.... Hard to imagine.. I remember when she was born............. Life is just too fast.... and it gets faster as we go........ My baby will be 40 this years..........40 ! OMG............. I am old .......

Tell her I said happy birthday!

aola said...

Happy Birthday Erin...

I used to tell mine I was going to put bricks on their heads to stop them from growing

Unknown said...

Happy Birthday Erin, and congratulations on making it to such an important milestone Mom!

Katt said...

oh how I remember those days, and going through the empty nest syndrome 2 years before it happened.
I go back there in my memories often, and miss them more than you know.
Cherish every moment, but remember... there are great memories to come.
Love you so much