In just under 2 hours today will be over.
Today our daughter celebrated her 21st birthday.
21 years ago today I was tired and emotional and thankful and sore........our second child was a much wanted, long awaited, baby girl.....a big 10.5lb bundle of joy. A sister for our wonderful son. The completing part of our family team.
Today she is tall and slim and beautiful. She is clever and quick witted and funny. Has a ravenous appetite for food...and books....and films......laughing and loving and learning...and living life.
'Borrows' my tights, or bags or make up or deoderant or hairdryer, but also gives hugs in return.
Has introduced me to music that should by rights not even have entered my sphere of consciousness.
Danced with me and not mocked my 'mom' dancing. Caused her Dad to shake his head and mutter 'I should just have my salary paid into the you have a daughter who needs dresses and jeans and makeup and driving lessons fund and be done with it' whilst he smiles and winks at me.
Today has been filled with ...
Home made chocolate cake to eat and champagne to drink.
Presents. A pub lunch.
Shopping and visiting family.
Chinese food for supper.
Cards, both bought and home made.
Telephone calls and facebook messages.
'The first 21yrs...' home made muvee of baby-to-lady making us ooh and aah and get a bit teary.
Talk of trips to be made.
Spending time with all the men in her life...Grandpa, Dad, Brother and Boyfriend.
My baby is a daughter, sister, cousin, niece, grand-daughter, friend, sister-in-law in waiting, girlfriend, student and woman. How in the heck did that happen? Does time even exist? where does it go?
I held my hand on my swollen belly, closed my eyes and thought with wonder and pure joy 'that was a kick!'..........and now she is 21.
Live, love and laugh and experience highs lows and contentment, health and happiness Darling.
You have my heart sweetpea..love you