My Little Girl

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You’re beautiful baby from the outside in
Chase your dreams but always know the road
That’ll lead you home again
Go on, take on this whole world
But to me you know you’ll always be, my little girl
~Tim McGraw- My Little Girl

When our daughter was born in 2009, my entire world changed. I went from a college graduate to a mom in 13 days. We went from a newly married couple of one year to Mommy and Daddy. Hubby was in Iraq for almost the first six months of her life so it was just me and “Little Momma”, as I liked to call her. It blew my mind then (and still to this day) that God would give us a perfect little person with my eyes (and attitude) and her daddy’s nose and dimple. My first night a lone in our apartment after spending time at my mother’s was so scary. I didn’t have anyone to show me the ropes anymore. Was I really in charge of the care and raising of this child? Whose idea was this?!

Despite my lack of experience, baby girl has thrived and turned 5 last week. It has hit me like a ton of bricks that my child is no longer a “pre-schooler” and is now “school-aged”. Today, I took her to the doctor for a school physical. She is all registered for school and can’t wait to leave mommy and meet her new teacher. I have a feeling it will be less than a week before she gets into trouble for talking to all of her new friends during class (she is just like her Momma, after all).

With Hubby being away so  much, I worry that he might miss a lot and that they will grow apart. So far, it seems that the opposite has happened. It seems that the older both of our children get the more attached to their daddy they become. Hubby actually getting to be home for holidays and birthdays also helps. I absolutely love watching the kids walk hand in hand with Hubby and follow him around the house. Honestly, I think my heart breaks a little each time they have to watch him walk away at the airport.

I know it’s a long way off (or at least it seems that way) but I wonder what she will be when she grows up. Will she follow in my footsteps and go to college or will she be like her daddy and serve her country before making her way in the world? Will she become a scientist or will she be content with being a stay at home mom? Maybe she will become a doctor that will find the cure for some chronic disease like the diabetes that has plagued her Memaw for so long.

One day, I’ll know the answers to those questions and I’ll long for the days when I was her hero and her only worry was finding her favorite My Little Pony toy. Until then, I’ll just try to soak up all of the time I have with her and try to be the best mom I can. Thank God baby girl loves me despite my faults and shortcomings.

How do you handle your children growing up? What are some of your favorite memories including your children? Leave a comment below or send me a tweet

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About Jaimie

Jaimie is 26 years old, wife of five years to JR, and mother of two beautiful children: Ashley, 4 and Justin, 1. When not spending time with her family, and watching movies based on Jane Austen novels, she finds new ways to live a healthy and fulfilling life. Jaimie lives in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Follow Jaimie on Twitter or on her blog, Education of an Oilfield Wife!

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