Today is a very exciting, scary and completely bittersweet day around here—today, I officially become to mother of a teenager! In honor of my precious Taylor’s thirteen years on this earth I thought I’d write her a letter!
My Dearest Taylor,
Thirteen years ago today I became a mom for the first time; it was the scariest, most exciting, happiest time in my entire life. I remember holding you in my arms for the first time and thinking that the whole world could cease to exist and as long as I had my sweet baby girl in my arms everything would be alright!
Being a young mom meant that I knew absolutely nothing about taking care of a baby, thank God I had Mamaw to help me along the way! For the first year I was an absolute mess; I had no idea how to make bottles, or how to give you a bath, or anything else really, but I figured it out and eventually got the hang of being your mommy!
You were the sweetest, happiest, most gorgeous baby I had ever seen. I remember how complete strangers would stop and talk to you every time we went anywhere and I also remember you loving the attention and getting a lil annoyed when you weren’t getting enough!
It has been a long, rocky thirteen years and even though the teen years are just now beginning, I’m pretty sure we can weather any storm together—we’ve been through thick and thin and have managed to make it through without too many scars!
I hope you know that I love you with everything in me; even when I’m mean, even when I’m yelling at you for not cleaning your room, even when you hate me—I love you—I love you and always will! There is nothing that you could ever do to make me stop loving you…you kinda have to put up with old Mom forever!
I want you to know that I am so proud of the young lady you are becoming; you are kind, helpful, compassionate, smart, beautiful and super talented and I hope that you know that you can do anything in this world if you put your mind to it—I want you to dream big and chase those dreams until they come true!
I hope your birthday is everything you ever wanted and more…no matter how terrifying the thought of raising a teenager, I couldn’t be happier to be going through it with anyone but you!
I love you to the moon and back, forever and always (pinky promise)!