Raising Maiya: Another Milestone Achieved
You are everything a mother could hope and wish for in a little girl. I remember the day your dad and I found out that we were pregnant with you. It was early march 2007. The smell of freshly cut grass filled my office as I looked out the window and wondered why the heck had my boobs been so sore and why had I been feeling so sick lately. After much contemplation, I decided to run to a local pharmacy on my lunch break to get a pregnancy test. My plan was to wait and take the test at home with your dad, but I couldn’t wait. I was nervous, yet bursting at the seams with anticipation….could I be pregnant? No way. Maybe I am? *insert hyperventilation here*
Well, my curiosity got the best of me that afternoon. I went to the ladies room and took the test. Jackpot! Yep, I was pregnant with you!! I don’t remember much else about that workday. I was overwhelmed with so many emotions. Happiness, nervousness, nauseousness…I was scared as hell!
I remember seeing your face for the first time. I remember being wheeled out the hospital with you in my lap wondering, “are they really going to send me home with this little person?” “Don’t they know that I’m a clueless first time mom?” Let me tell you, there aren’t enough parenting books out there to prepare you for parenthood, and I read a lot of them while on bed rest. Somehow, we’ve always managed to figure it out along the way.
I look at you today as you’re starting kindergarten, and I know that I’m doing a pretty good job. You have such a sweet spirit. You are my little social butterfly who loves life, loves to laugh, loves to learn new things and smile. Nothing keeps you down for too long (not even those crazy fights with your little sister). Keep those characteristics about yourself. Be strong. Be intelligent, and know that beauty has nothing to do with your looks or other people’s opinion about you. True beauty has everything to do with how you feel about yourself. Work hard. Always expect the best from life because that is what you will get. Your dad and I will always be there to protect and love you no matter what. I love you Maiya. I pray for you every single day.