My baby turned 16 today. Here's a picture of her when she actually was a baby:
I think she was about three weeks old here. I still can't believe it's her, born with all that dark hair. It didn't last long...that baby hair fell out, and she was a blond toddler. Please forgive the picture quality...back in 1992, we didn't have all this new-fangled digital technology. In fact, I don't have a scanner, so I took a picture of a picture with my digital camera. Look at me...24 years old, and scared to death. I look like I'm thinking, "Ok, what the hell do I do now?" And I pretty much was.
Fast forward 16 years, and we have this:
And I do mean fast. Unbelieveably fast.
I'm not freaked out about the driving thing anymore. She does pretty well, and because we waited until Christmas break to get her permit, she's not eligible to get her license until May 21st. Which is fine...it gives us a little longer to figure out how we're going to find something for her to drive. Because really...what's the point of a third driver if there's no third car? How is that helpful to me? And we all know, this is all about me. :)
I know I should be happy, and I am...for her. It's such an exciting time, to be 16, a little newfound freedom. Suddenly, today, the city curfew of 10pm for those under 16 no longer applies to her. As soon as softball is over, she wants to get a job. At 16, a lot more possibilites have opened up for that. She won't have to settle for scooping ice cream at a Mom and Pop shop, like she did last summer.
While I'm happy for her, I'm also sad. I didn't think it would hit me this hard. That she's almost grown up. She's such a good kid. Involved at school...dance, softball, flagline, friends. We had our rough moments when she was 13/14, but she's morphed into this young woman that I really like. She's witty, smart, sarcastic, impatient, independent, strong and outspoken. We've made it to 16 with no major problems. I am so lucky to have her as my daughter. I love this kid so much, and I am so very proud of her.
Happy Birthday, baby.