Happy birthday, Kiddo

My kiddo. My first born. My responsible, silly, funny, smart, amazing-with-an-eyeliner-pen kid.

I keep thinking “how can you be 14 already?? I just had this baby and now I have a person who is taller and cooler and funnier than I could have imagined!!” I know that’s how time works. You keep telling me, but my baby. Now you are 14 and living in a confident, brave, amazing way.

You have come through more in your 14 years than I ever did, and are stronger, smarter, and kinder for it. I am so grateful that you are you and I am so grateful that you will still come for cuddles occasionally. You make me proud all day every day. You make every day more interesting and make me laugh and keep me on my toes and teach me something new all of the time.

Thank you for being my kid. Thank you for letting me be your mama. Happy birthday, kiddo. I love you more.

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