Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Things I want my daughter to know

Everyday while driving to work I think about things that I want to tell Riley Mae, things I want you to know about life. Things I've learned and want her to learn, the easy way. Here is my list of 50 things I want her to know...to look back on one day and realize what life is all about:

  1. Choose your attitude; there is so much negativity in the world. Don't let yourself be negative. It's a choice.
  2. Always buckle your seat belt
  3. Say please and thank you. Please shows respect, thank you shows appreciation. Do both. 
  4. You can always come home. Whenever. No matter how old you are.
  5. Diamonds are not a girls best friend. they are materialistic, best friends are your best friends. They are like sisters you choose; They make life so much better. 
  6. Read. Stay educated on things going on in your community, your environment and lifestyle. 
  7. You and I will fight. You will probably hate me at some point, but we will make up and it will all be fine again. 
  8. I will continue to push you. Speech therapy every night during the week. You will thank me when you are in college and top of your class. 
  9. I will only do things that are best for you. Even when you think they're not. 
  10. Always believe in Santa Claus
  11. You will always be in search for the perfect mascara, it never ends. Just keep searching. 
  12. Don't worry about things you can't control. You implants and hearing is something you or I can't control, but how you approach it and work at it is. Worry about that. 
  13. Different is beautiful. God gave you a gift. 
  14. Girls can sometimes be mean. You don't need those girls in your life. 
  15. High school is not the end all be all. It may seem like it determines your life, but that is so far from the truth. 
  16. Keep your faith.
  17. You can always borrow from my wardrobe; what's mine is yours
  18.  Invest in really good shampoo and conditioner; your hair is so important. 
  19. Be an advocate for yourself. Speak up when you feel out of place or something doesn't feel right. Mama won't always be there to help you out. 
  20. Family is forever. 
  21. Be the first to apologize. It will show your inner beauty and strength.
  22. Be a friend people go to for guidance, to keep a secret. Not the opposite. 
  23. Don't start highlighting or dyeing your hair until you absolutely have to. And go to a salon for that. 
  24. Go to the beach. The real beach. 
  25. Being smart is cool. 
  26. Whenever you can, Dance. You always feel so much better. 
  27. Some people need a drink to make everything feel better; Buying a brand new pair of shoes feels soooo much better. Go shopping!
  28. There will always be people that judge in this world, don't be one of them. 
  29. No matter how bad your day is, there is always someone having a worse day. 
  30. Be a big sister. A friend. A protector.
  31. A good workout could mean the difference between a good day and a bad day. You always feel so much better. 
  32. Beat the boys at their own game.
  33. Give back
  34. A leader is knowing when to follow.
  35. growing old doesn't mean growing up. 
  36. Less is more when it comes to wearing makeup. 
  37. Don't let anyone tell you you can't do something because of your hearing loss. You can do anything. 
  38. Pizza Cutter pizza in Avon Lake is the best pizza ever.
  39. Take naps. It's okay to need some alone time to recharge. 
  40. Find a guy that loves you the same way you love him. 
  41. Your father will always be a softy for you. 
  42. Practice makes perfect. You can apply that to anything in life. 
  43. I hope you never have to know who Miley Cyrus is. 
  44. Learn from your failures; they're the reason you will be successful
  45. Your never farther away then a phone call or facetime
  46. It's fun to be one of the boys, but know when to act like a lady
  47. Lay in our backyard and watch the stars occasional. They are amazing.
  48. It's not your job to keep everyone happy. 
  49. If you ever get a tatoo...stop and think what you're putting on your body. If you can't show your father, you better not. 
  50. You will always be my baby. My first born.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

11 Month Update

Ms. Mae

Please explain yourself! How are you 11 months old? That's one month from being 1 year old. A toddler. No longer my bitty baby. How did this happen? You are such a big girl. You have developed so much in the past month, along with your listening skills. You can now hear more sounds and look to sounds. You're only 3 months hearing, but I feel like you have came leaps and bounds.

You still love to eat. You are now on all table food, and whole milk. No MORE BOTTLE! Well except for at daycare when you see the other babies with bottles, then you want yours too. But other than that you are strictly sippy cup. So BIG! You are such a visual little girl. You will win a staring contest with anyone and everyone. You are always exploring with your eyes. You love watching cartoons in the morning, playing with daddy, and of course your binky. You still love your bathtime and pooltime. You get so excited with your bath toys that you won't ever put them down. They come out of the bath with you, and end up all over the house!

The planning in in full effect for your 1st birthday party. It is going to be a celebration for everyone. You have had quite the year. I know you won't remember your first year, your CI journey or even your party; that's why I want to document everything for you.

Your smile lights up the room. When I walk in and that big smile comes across your face, it makes my day perfect. You amaze me everyday with how well you are doing and how far you have come. I love you more than you realize, and until you have babies, you probably will never truly realize.

 Love, Mama