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Five Things I Want To Thank Her For

I am grateful to my daughter for loving me the way I am – an imperfect person and a clumsy parent. I thank her for sharing her food with me, giving me a kiss or cuddling me for no apparent reason. This one is for those times that I appreciate for who she is becoming… a thanks that she may not understand today but means a lot to me.

1) Thank you for being such a cheerful lass and making my party with the girls a success. It was the best afternoon I’ve had in ages and possibly a precursor to many such hostess events for me.

2) Thank you for understanding that I needed to take extra time to browse the web for details of our dog’s illness when I should’ve been trying to make you sleep.

3) Thank you for being patient when I explained that you should wait till we get home, for a breastfeed.

4) Thank you for stopping to say ‘night-night’ and addressing each grandparent in your byes tonight, even though you wanted to just crash for the night. It made them happy.

5) Thank you for who you are. I love you just this way. Cleaning things, putting stuff in the right place, then making a mess, taking your medicines and trying to imitate us in everything we do. Mature when I need you to be and adorable child the rest of the time.




I used to wonder whether I could ever be a parent. Then I became one. I was handed a delicate little bundle that I was terrified of bringing home. I didn't know how to be a parent and I was sure 'winging it' was not the right way to do it. Little did I know at the time that there is no right way. The baby knew what she wanted and all I had to do was figure it out along the way. As she grows up, she helps me learn what I need to know... I just need to pay attention to her.

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