Big Girl’s Birthday

Today my eldest child turned 20. I cannot believe its been 20 years since my little girl was placed in my arms for the first time. I kissed her head and said “welcome to the world little one”.

She was born at 2:32am, and when I was back in my bed on the ward, and all was quiet and dark, the nurse told me to get some sleep. Who was she kidding? I just stared in wonder at the dark haired little bundle in the crib next to my bed. I could not believe that she was mine, that she was finally here and that she was so beautiful. I felt like the luckiest person in the world and the rush of love was overpowering.

I was so proud of my baby and I loved to get her dressed up and take her out in her pram. I remember being really upset when people asked if I was babysitting my little sister or treated me like I was a teenage mother – I was in my 20s after all and thought I was so grown up. Looking back on the photos now I can see why they thought that – I looked about 15!

How those years have flown. As I watched my daughter blowing out her candles I still felt that strong protective love for her. What an interesting journey it has been. I can’t believe I’ve been a mum for 20 years now. Is there long service leave with this job?




About embracingtheimperfections

I am a mother of six children. My children's ages range from 20 down to 1, so we are dealing with a lot of different ages and stages, not to mention a lot of different personalities. One of my twins has cerebral palsy so that adds yet another dimension to our lives. Along my journey so far I have learnt that life is far from perfect and that sometimes it's the imperfections that round out the harsh edges and give it a quality that is precious and unique. My love of the imperfect extends into my home life too. I love all things vintage, hand crafted, home grown and home cooked. I love to be creative and I love learning. I am definitely not a minimalist! I aspire to be tidy and organized but I am realizing that with six children, three cats and a crazy black Labrador that is probably beyond my capabilities, so I embrace the beautiful chaos that ensues!
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