Posted by peskypippi | Posted in Childrearing, Daughters, Love, Mother, Mothering, Mothers and Daughters, Women | Posted on 15-10-2015
Motherhood: I went from jaw-clenching to jaw-dropping.
When I gave birth to my daughter, I clenched my jaw so tight that I developed TMJ (Temporal Mandibular Joint) disorder. This required physical therapy. More about birth stories here.
I can still make my jaw pop on command, anytime. Poppity pop.
But the second I first saw my baby girl, my jaw dropped. It was love at first sight.
Besides my jaw popping, do you know what else that girl has given me?
A deeper heart from loving her so much. Laugh lines from all the smiling and laughing. Tears of joy when I think about our sweet memories and her milestones. Bursting pride when I see her so confident, smart, strong, and accomplished. Giddiness when I greet her after school. Amazement when I see her shine, doing something she loves, trying something new. Understanding, when we talk about problems. Sadness and compassion; whenever her heart breaks, my heart breaks. Forever friendship–some people say parents can’t befriend their children. (I think that’s crap.)
Happy 13th birthday to a young woman who has already given me oh-so much.