My beautiful, strong willed little girl.
Early on in my pregnancy, I had this little feeling deep inside my heart that you were going to be my little trouble maker. You made me so sick almost the whole time you were in my womb. And don’t even get me started on the pain I was in from week 28 and on. Or all the contractions from week 30 until birth, that did absolutely nothing to my cervix.
And the little feeling? It was true, oh so true.
You are so damn smart, you already know how to use it against me.
At three years old, you know that if you use the excuse of having to go potty five minutes after I have tucked you in, I am going to let you get up. (I cant deny you the potty, you are just now getting the hang of using it.) Even if I know you don’t have to really go, how can I say no to you actually asking to use the potty?
Your strong willed personality will get you so far in life, but it sure does make it hard on me now. I literally cannot ask you to do anything for me with out you figuring out a way to do it how you want to.
You fight me on everything, and have since you were a baby.
Trying to get you to let me finish brushing your teeth after you are done, is one of my biggest daily battles.
Even with all the tantrums, back talking (already) and the 100 times a day I hear the word ‘no’, you are still an amazing little girl.
And I never want you to forget that!
In our society, you are going to be dubbed the “difficult” kind of girl, because you will speak your mind. You are going to stand up for yourself and what you believe in and people aren’t going to like it. You are going to be outspoken and adventurous and people will probably shy away from you.
But if there is one thing I can teach you, it is other people’s opinions about you are none of your business.
Don’t let those people dull your shine, baby girl.
A couple of months ago, you were playing outside and running around with out any shoes. You scraped your toe, pretty bad. You didn’t even notice the whole tip of your big toe was a bloody mess, you just kept playing.
That toughness is what I admire the most of you, I hope it can carry you through the tough times life will throw your way as you get older.
My sweet girl, you are so beautiful. In side and out.
As your mom, I will do everything in my power to make you see and feel how beautiful you really are.
My biggest wish in life is that you (and your brother) can see yourselves through my eyes. You would see how truly amazing you are.
Take your toughness with you through life, don’t back down and always stand up for what you believe in.
But, please don’t ever forget how beautiful you are.
Be who you are and be proud of it.
I love you so incredibly much.
I find this song so incredibly powerful. I cant help but think of my daughter and the tough times she will have as a young woman and the insecurities she might have. I hope one day she can find strength in the lyrics, as I have.
If you’d like to get to know Savanna (or her bother) a little better, My Babies are Kids Now is where you can do that.