ode to my lovely daughter

midlife blog ~ cresting the hill
mother and daughter at my 50th
It's our daughter's birthday today so I thought I'd do a shout out to what a fabulous young woman she has become. I am so proud of her and the journey she has been on and that she is so happy and settled where she is now (although she knows I'd like her to be closer to home!)

Twenty six years ago I was in a hospital producing another big baby (I seem to have a gift for producing large bouncing babies - she was 9lb and her brother was nearly 11lb!) From the moment she was born, she had to be involved in everything that was going on around her. The nurses would walk into my hospital room and comment that I was always holding her - the reason being that she was happy when she was being kept company - and not so happy when she was left to mind herself!

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with her dad and brother
This all came as quite a shock to us after having a very mellow and self contained first child - I thought all children were a blend of both parents.......not ours, they were extreme ends of the spectrum and stayed that way indefinitely. It made for some interesting times and not taking anything for granted when it came to knowing what was coming next in the different developmental stages.

We spent the next couple of years sleep deprived and it was all a bit of a new parent blur. Then when she was about two, we realized that there was a problem with her eyesight and after a visit to the doctor and a referral to an ophthalmologist, we began the journey of wearing glasses for the next 16 years (since then it's been contact lenses - much to her relief) -  good training for her in being confident in herself and not being defined by her glasses (although she did win a public speaking award for talking about being 'the girl who wears glasses')
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3yrs old - what a cutie!
Fast forward through all those years of school and the many, many discussions on what she wanted to be when she grew up until finally she headed off to the city to go to uni to study teaching. She had many ups and downs over those four years away from home - even coming back for a couple of months to chill out and get her head together. She passed everything with flying colours and high distinctions and has a great job teaching at a private high school in the city. 

Towards the end of her studies she reconnected with a young man that she went to high school with and in no time at all they were making plans to get married. We went off to Bali for a 'destination wedding' that was lovely and they were both so happy as they celebrated their big day.
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the happy couple
It's been two years since the wedding and they are now the proud parents of a little kitten - babies are still in the future. They are both working hard and are thinking about buying their first home - a real achievement in this day and age. It's such a joy to see her so happy and to have played a part in producing such a fine young woman. We are great friends and just seem to "get each other" because we have quite similar outlooks on life (she just has more get-up-and-go than I do!)

So happy birthday to my lovely girl - looking forward to seeing you soon - Easter is coming and my "Brady Bunch expectations" are already revving up in anticipation! xxxx oooo :-)