Plagued By Dumbasses

November 5, 2011

Happy Birthday Kiddo!!

Filed under: Parenting Points — by Gwen Resmer Patchett @ 9:27 pm

Dear Pearl,

Today is your 1st birthday. Happy Birthday my sweet girl!

Wow! A whole year! The past year has been both the shortest and the longest year of my life. I am amazed at how much has changed in the past year. I am amazed at how much you have changed and how much you have changed me. I clearly remember the awe I felt a year ago today when I looked into those big eyes of yours and realized that I was a mother. There was and still is a part of me that is also terrified that I am a mother. I try every day to be the mother you deserve but there are some days I know I fail. There are some days I know I can be better but fatigue and frustration win out and we both suffer. But even on our worst days you can brighten the day with just one smile or one hug. Such power for such a small girl!

The past year has been filled with new experiences for both of us and it has been amazing to watch you discover the world and learn how to do new things. You are an amazing child with a sunny attitude (well most of the time – we won’t discuss the temper tantrums now but believe me – we will discuss them!) and a kind smile for everyone you meet. You are kind and sweet and spend a lot of your time giving me, Daddy, the doggie and all of your toys and books kisses. You are also stubborn and determined (yeah – I get it – just like Momma) which causes some conflict now but I try to remind myself that it will serve you well when you are older and life throws tough things at you.

Watching you become you has been the most rewarding and awe-inspiring experience of my life and I look forward to what you are going to teach me next.

Happy 1st Birthday kiddo. It has been a heck of a year!

Who loves Pearl? That’s right – Momma!!

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