Sugar & Spice

I was sort of aware that parenting would be time consuming, exhausting, a true test of patience mingled with those frequent ah ha-moments where it all makes sense, before I had kids.
We had our son and I was relieved that Mr. J would be the father/man/husband role.
That’s a big weight to carry and I don’t think I realized how big until we had
Little Miss L.
Don’t get me wrong, I know I obviously have a huge role as a mother for boy or girl,
but when I first watched my 18 month old walk better in my heels than I do,
I panicked.
How does she already know to slip those chubby little piggies in and take off?
She doesn’t even slip on the tile.
She loves to put on makeup and copy when I put on deodorant
{pretend, of course, on both of those}
When I open her car door she says, “Pretty,” and leans forward so I can put on her headband.
For the most part, anything I say, she is busy soaking in.
{except when I say, “oh no, sweetie don’t do that.”}
You would think roly poly’s are the coolest things when we are lucky enough to find them.
There are so many important things I want to teach her.
I know we have very important things to get through right now, like potty training and trying new foods, but these things can’t be put on the back burner until she’s 14!
I hope she will be able to love herself as we love her and not sell herself short.
I hope she will be able to laugh easily and often and not get caught up in the drama.
I hope she will see the importance of loyalty and be an amazing friend.
I hope that in return she will have great friends who will lift her up.
I am crossing my fingers that she thinks I’m cool and young for awhile.
Parents really do have an idea of what their kids go through.
They’ve gone through it too!
I hope she will believe us when we say we are doing this to help you, not hurt you.
I hope we will have a relationship built on trust and honesty so she isn’t changing outfits once she gets to school and redoing or adding more makeup.
I hope that there will be many nights of talking around the kitchen island in jammies with chocolate chip cookies and milk in hand.
I hope that our home can be a safe haven and a place where friends will want to be.
I hope that when she gets her heart broken, she will realize her world isn’t coming to an end and that there are more fish in the sea.
I hope that we can teach her that the only thing she can control is the way she chooses to react.
I hope that we will be able to teach by example and I would be the luckiest woman if she wanted to be anything like me.
This little angel/stinker/diva/curious Georgina/sweetheart has added so much love to our family.
We sure adore her!

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8 thoughts on “Sugar & Spice

  1. I feel the same way about my daughter… seems like more pressure as the mom to parent a girl, so many things they need to know and they learn most all of it from watching their mama! Mine is going to start junior high tomorrow… I have painted nails and rolled hair and watched her “first day of school outfit” fashion show today. Holding my breath and saying about a million prayers for her to survive the jungle of tweendom.

  2. This is one of the best post I read about things I really want to tell my little girls and hope that one day they will remember and understand. Orangies Attic comment is very true too! I am writting your sentences down and make it into a signboard as a reminder to me and my girls!

  3. I have raised two girls and I know exactly what you mean. I felt the same way. What a great post I’m sure every mother can relate to this.Thanks for visiting and leaving such a nice comment

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