As of Friday, March 2, 2012, at 6:12 a.m. I am the mother of a teenager. OMG! I can't believe it has been 13 years since Allison was born. It just doesn't seem possible. She was such a tiny little girl when she was born, weighing just 6 pounds 12 ounces and 19 inches long. She had a TON of dark dark hair. It was so dark it was almost black, and she had so much hair that she was able to wear ponytails from the day she was born. (And, she never lost any of her hair like most babies do.) She had a beautiful little, round, rosy cheeked face and blue eyes. She was immediately "momma's girl".
We wrapped her up like a burrito a couple days after she was born and headed home with her. Little did we know how much more we'd fall in love with her and all the joy she'd bring us over the next 13 years. (A little frustration too, but that is to be expected with any kiddo. )
When Allison Layne was a tiny baby she didn't like sleeping in her crib. She preferred sleeping in her swing. Momma always slept close by in an oversized chair to keep an eye on her ever moving swing and we BOTH slept great. Daddy, however, really didn't like that Momma would leave Ally in the swing all night. He thought she should sleep in her bed. I had to remind him a few times that he needed to remember that she and I both actually got some sleep this way. lol
As Allison got older she became very independent and strong-willed. Some days there were lots of struggles to get her to cooperate. (Still are sometimes) But, there were also days that she just wanted to be Momma's "mini me". Her favorite color was purple, she loved the ice cream truck, drawing and coloring were fun to her, and she really liked "fixing" her hair with about 10 different ponytails at one time. She won an art contest and had her picture, "Americows" hanging in the George Bush Presidential Museum and Library when she was in kindergarten. She learned to play soccer and loved it.
As she entered her preteen years Allison started maturing a bit. She really loved Hannah Montana and the Disney Channel. SpongeBob Squarepants also became a favorite of hers. It was during this time that Allison started learning how to swim competitively. She was like a fish in water and once she learned how to compete, gave her competitors a run for their money. It was so fun to watch her swim.
Now that she is, gulp, a teenager, Allison is really maturing. She doesn't spend as much time watching the Disney Channel as before. She does, however, still love to watch SpongeBob... She has taken a break from competitve swimming and is now playing soccer. She is taller than me measuring in at about 5'7" and is doing math at school that really makes me think. (Pretty soon, it will be over my head. lol) She has also earned 1st chair playing flute in the band, taking after me, I guess. :) She's still incredibly headstrong and stubborn, but she wouldn't be my Ally otherwise.
Happy 13th birthday Ally! I hope your 13th year is amazing! I love you more than chocolate and to the moon and back!