All I can say is... she is the absolute LOVE of my life. My ENTIRE life. Which is a long time at this point.
I mean I have other loves... people, places, things... but not like this. I think I was meant to be her mom. I know it's why I was born. Who knew? But I'm SO thankful.
We are VERY alike. WAY too much alike. How could she NOT be like me when I was a stay-at-home mom & we were with each other 24/7 for her entire life until she went to school? Poor baby.
We seem to argue more lately, which I know is normal, but I still sometimes long for the time that involved 100 hugs & kisses a day. Now I just steal them when I can. And thankfully, even in front of friends, she's not embarrassed by it.
As long as she keeps telling me most everything... like about the not-so-cute boy she's had a crush on for WAY too long, 6th grade girl drama, and everything else going on.... I'll be happy.
I give her lots of advice. Because all those things won't end in 6th grade. But quite frankly, I know she's here to teach me just as much as I'm supposed to be teaching her.
I can be hard on her, but I don't want anyone to ever be able to say she's a spoiled "only child." And besides... I'm not doing her any favors in life by telling her YES to everything.
Just another phase in our family life.
And just like everything else, we'll look back on this & smile...