The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face……

Hello cupcakes! Today’s post has only one photo, is unashamedly sentimental and maybe not your cup of tea. At  this point I would normally tell you that your excused, but I really hope you stick around this week.

My baby turns 18 this week….18! How did that happen? It seems like yesterday that the surgeon ( yes a Caesarian, due to her being 8lb 9 oz and insisting on laying sideways!) lifted her over the curtain. After being warned that she may be sleepy as she hadn’t had the stimulus of birth, I was not ready for the bright blue banshee that appeared. She was roaring like a lion and her fists were clenched ready to take on the world.

We went to a room on the labour ward as it was the only one available. My girl laid on my chest and as another brave mother yelled into their contractions, she looked at me and raised her eyebrow with the weary expression of someone who needed sleep. At that moment I knew I had met my best friend.

Fast forward through the no sleep nights, the trauma of the first day at school (with tights turned inside out as she couldn’t bear the feeling of seams), through Brownies and Guides, the endless consumption of sushi, the millions of shoes and everything else that brings us to today.

Still my best friend she is a remarkable person, funny, clever, beautiful with a drop dead sense of style. Like her mother she is able to look at a page in a fashion magazine and unerringly pick the most expensive item! She has more ankle boots than you can shake a stick at and a vast selection of make up. 

More importantly she is principled and able to stand up for those less fortunate. She is politically aware and able to see through the claims that politicians make. 

She is deciding on a direction at the moment and I am giving her the space to do so, because whatever she does is fine by me as long as she is happy.

If you are reading this absolutely sure that you don’t want children you are not alone, neither did I! But once I saw that kidney bean on the ultrasound I knew I would do anything to protect her. What was a definite surprise baby became the best gift I have ever recieved.

Why no pictures? Because she is intensely private and will be aghast if she reads this, but here’s the thing ..I had to tell you all how much I love her and have done from the first time ever I saw her face…

Kisses

Karen 

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