My girl. We've spent nearly every single moment of the last 6 years together and in just one week and 22 hours I will be sending my now 6-year-old off to kindergarten. Away from me. Away from our home. Away from her siblings. Away from our routine. And while I know she's MORE than ready (and excited -- thank you Jesus!), I can't help but to be slightly jealous of her teacher, the person who will now get the most of my girl during the days.
It's funny, though - J and I have kind of always been the "milestone" kind of parents. You know the ones -- always looking forward to what is next. Excited for what is to come. Rolling, then sitting, crawling, stading, walking, talking, preschool, and now? Now that we're here, staring kindergarten in the face? I just want to go back and take it all in again. May I have a do-over please?
If I could, I'd want to sit in that hospital room again, holding my 6 pound, round faced little preemie. If I could, I'd go back to those precious moments and whisper in to her soft, fuzzy baby ears and tell her all about this life she is going to lead. I'd want her to know that she will be the light of our lives; a happy, smiling girl, but sensitive with a heart for others. I'd tell her that she is going to be an AMAZING big sister, a leader in our family. I'd caution her of the pressure to might feel to be a good role model and helper to her siblings. And I would most definitely tell her that she will bring us more joy than she could ever comprehend. Oh, I'd probably also mention to baby Addi that she's going to have some crazy, curly hair, be a little on the clumsy side, and a lot on the mature side. (What 6-year-old declares Extreme Makeover Home Edition their favorite show?!?)
There's so much I'd want her to know. But, alas, that's not how it works. So, tonight I'm grateful for the opportunity to whisper into her curl-covered, pierced 6-year-old ears and share with my girl those very things and more. Our hearts burst with pride at each completed "milestone" and, no doubt, kindergarten will be no different. She's independent, smart, uber creative, gives hugs like it's her job, and loves Jesus. What more could a parent want? Not.a.thing.
Except maybe to do it all over again.
Happy Birthday, Addi Girl! Your mommy and daddy love you more than you know (and then some).
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