"Beware the Ides of March," sound advice if you are Julius Caesar. In my world, the Ides have come early and mean different things...although, I will be on the look out for those with daggers (just in case).
My Ides: my daughter has turned 13 this day. I know, I know....The Cupcake Mommy is far too young and glamorous to be a parent to a teenager. Yes, yes that of course is all true. It is a modern marvel that I am so young while my children continue to age. I credit that to the halting of my birthdays at the age of 29 and a good moisturizer. I'm pretty sure that there is a math formula that gives X a value, carries numbers over, has integers, cotangents and medians that can explain this miracle but damn it I'm young I tell ya....YOUNG!
So my husband and I have finally welcomed a teenager into our lives. This means that I will be able to officially attribute all that drives us crazy as parents to the phenomenon known as the American teenager. The wacky, fluctuating drama of a teenager! I now get to say I have one in my household and for that I know I will be forever changed.
They really should have told us during the 9 months of pregnancy or during 20+ hours of labor what was in store for us. There was ample time and as a first-time parent I was ready and eager to heed any and all advice bestowed upon us. I'm thinking that while I was prone and getting my epidural (happy-maker) that someone could have mentioned that these cute, pink, mewing, screaming little babies turn into teenagers full of angst and wild abandon to all things parental. I was there, unable to move. I was unable to feel anything from the waist down. I was yours! I was yours to convey all this to. They gave me an ashen colored and muck covered wailing ball of life. They don't come to you all pink and smelling sweet but they give you this colorful mush of baby and ick and you know in an instant that it was all worth it and that you would be forever in love with them as you kiss their slimy little foreheads and cheeks. They gave us something far more amazing than those Gerber-like babies that are falsely angelic and pristine...they gave us our future teenager. A sassy, smart, beautiful and kind kid that will forever hold my heart even when she won't hold my hand.
I love you Haley.
One more thing....
Go clean your room.
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