Wednesday, August 18, 2010

TeN...DouBle DiGitS…A DecAdE.

Ten years ago, right at this exact moment…at 8:48pm I became a mom. My sweet Maya Papaya entered this world and changed me forever. My mind cannot grasp that ten years worth of moments have passed. I still remember so vividly the night she was born. After all the hoopla was over, I stayed up most of the night holding her in my arms, smelling her hair, counting her fingers and toes, caressing her soft baby skin, staring at her precious little features. I sang to her, I talked to her, I prayed for her. I imagined what she would be like.

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I remember her first smiles and her first giggle but I barely remember her tiny little voice. Gone are the Dora and Elmo days. The board books and leap frogs are also long gone. Baby dolls, princess dress ups and barbies all have been given away.
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Now we watch Design Star and So You Think You Can Dance. We have DS games, chapter books and scrapbooks.

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The past ten years have gone by so fast it is really scaring me. I have only eight summers left with my girl before she goes to college….how is this possible!? How am I old enough to be the mother of a ten year old?…I could go on but this isn’t about me.

So here is how Maya wanted to celebrate her ten years of life…

Breakfast in Bed…

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Swimming with Friends…

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“Monkey” themed party without little sister around…

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Dinner at Ding How…
(Her favorite…miso soup and sesame chicken)

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Presents galore…

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(She got a book light, the book Ramona’s World, yellow fingernail polish, a DS game, some polly’s and a giraffe from Ede’s.)

Her wishes came true and I was more than happy to grant them to her.

Becoming a mom was the best thing that ever happened to me. I love being a full time mom, even with all it’s challenges I wouldn’t change a thing. I get to see all the milestones and all the million moments in between that create a strong loving, eternal bond.

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Happy Birthday Maya! Mommy loves you so….

14 comments:

Lindsey said...

Mine just turned 9, but now you have me freaked out about next year.

mahina said...

wow! 10, that is huge! it amazes me how in that first picture even though she is so little you can tell that it is maya! i don't think my girls are like that! and that picture with the pink boots and swimsuit (??) shirt combo... love it! such style at a young age! lol!

happy birthday maya, you are a beautiful girl!

calibosmom said...

Happy Birthday Maya! Today is Solomon's 8th. Happy Birthday to our amazing growing too fast kiddos. I can't even talk about the fact that I have a child starting HIGH SCHOOL in two weeks. UGG!

Rochelleht said...

What a cutie! I really can't believe how fast kids grow up. It is seriously scary.

Jenny Erazo said...

Happy birthday to Maya! Those were really fun pictures:) Time does go way to fast, my baby boy will turn 13 this year:(

nurse graham said...

Happy birthday, Maya. What a fun birthday cake your mom made. Looks like the day was a success.

Christie said...

Do not blink, mama. Trust me on that one.

AMY said...

Happy Birthday! We hope it was great. And we hope you got our message and email.

I can't believe 10! You have raised such a great, cute girl.

Natalie said...

When you said that you only have 8 more summers with her at home it made me sick to my stomach. But this isn't about me:)...She is a stunning child and i love all of her baby pics. the toothless one at the end is my favorite though. I'm so glad I took a minute to FINALLY read your blog this morning. once again, i am inspired to be a better mom. Thanks Jessica! love to you!!!

Lauren in GA said...

Happy, Happy Birthday to your beautiful Maya! I love all of the pictures...especially the last two of you with her.

My favorite picture is of her in a bathing suit with her snow boots talking on the toy phone. That is adorable.

Cute monkey cake! You are so talented, Jessica.

Jean McKendrick said...

Happy Birthday Maya! She is truly a beautiful young woman. The time does go fast, I think once they get in school it flies. Her baby pictures are darling.

Dave and Ash said...

Hi dude, and Happy Birthday Maya. Hey, I just realized I never called you back from how ever many weeks ago. Whoops! Sorry. Now I don't remember your home number and for all we know, your cell phone could be in the toilet, right? We should still wash cars sometime. Soon, in case I move to Minnesota next Thursday. It's a mystery!

瑞蕾 said...

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Elena said...

Ditto to everything you said Jess. Maya is a treasured gift to our family. I had a really good talk with her and Edie and let me tell you they are so humble and sweet. Maya told me she prays to not lose her patience and how frustrated she gets when she does. I don't know any other child her age (or older) that does that. She really wants to do what is right. I love her so much.