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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Mom Musings - Being a Girl Mom

As soon as Shaylin was born, the first thing I noticed about her was that she had a dimple in the exact same place that I have one.  Instantly, I knew she was mine.  Then I heard her siren of a scream and I also instantly knew I was in trouble.  :)

Shay has inherited a lot of traits that make her my mini-me (maternal, emotional, stubborn, etc.) but now that she's almost 4, I'm noticing that she's picking up a lot of my behaviors as well.  Lately, her thing is "decorating", because mommy decorates ALL the time.  Regular everyday decorations, party decorations, holiday decorations....we do it all in this house.  Oh and don't even get me started on her excitement for Christmas decorations!

Here's some of Shay's recent decorating in our living room, using her stuffed animals and toys.  She was so proud!  "Mommy, do you want to decorate with me?"  How could I resist that question?  I love that she has picked this up from me because hopefully it is something that she will want to do with me through the years.  

Being a girl mom is at times challenging.  There's just something about that mother-daughter relationship that we all know exists, but is hard to explain.  Shay and I butt heads a lot because she knows exactly how to push my buttons, and during those terrible twos there were days where just I sat and cried out of frustration.  But with great clashing there is also great love.  The mother-daughter relationship requires a lot of patience, which is something I work on every single day.  Moments like this make it all worth it.

I tell her at least a million times a day that she is beautiful and that I love her.  The world can be a tough place for a female and I know as much as I want to, I can't protect her from everything.  But I hope to raise her to be a confident and strong woman so she can go out there, take care of herself, and be awesome!  

I'll never forget when Shay was born, one of my good friends told me "you'll always be her first call in life", and I hope that will always be true.  

She drives me bonkers every day, but I do love my mini-me!  I can't resist this chocolate chip cookie covered face. 

 Stay tuned for my post on being a boy mom, which is a completely different and amazing experience that I love equally as much!


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