I have to say it is completely surreal to think that my baby girl turns 18 years old today. It has happened so quickly... time is slippery.
When Jenny was born, I sobbed and laughed. She was tiny and perfect. I remember my then MIL telling me how Jenny wrapped her little fingers around her dad's pinky when they were giving Jenny her the first bath in the nursery. I was pretty sick when I was pregnant with her (I had pre-eclampsia) and I got very close to my OB. I remember him coming into my room when he was doing rounds the next morning, very early... maybe 5 am? And he leaned down and whispered next to my ear, "So, do you like her?" And I sleepily looked up at him and cried, "Oh yes!" Then he gave me a tender kiss on the forehead and left. When the nurse came in later, I asked her, "Am I allowed to kiss her?" So silly! I was only 22.
So now my little angel turns 18 today. I could not be more proud of her! She is smart, self-assured, and kind. She loves music, all things book-related and computer-related (lol, see the middle photo below... it started early!), and her wonderful boyfriend, Chris. Oh, and did I mention that she is smart? As a whip! She is one of those rare gems of a daughter, a good girl; one who does not compromise her values to fit in, who does not party or stay out late. She takes care of her little brother, they have such a special bond. She talks to me, really talks. I am so lucky.
I am really looking forward to sharing in the next years of her life and watch her grow into a young adult. It's been an amazing journey so far!
I love you so much, my little angel on earth. Happy Birthday!!!