It's been TEN years since my daughter, Jahzel, was born. I had my last doctor's appointment two days before her due date and while she was in position my body was not ready to go. My doctor scheduled an appointment for me to be induced within the following week in the event that I didn't go into labor after my 40th week of pregnancy.
It turns out that Jahzel had other plans. The next morning I went into labor and spent the entire day and night playing the waiting game. On 04/22 (Earth Day) at 1:22 AM, I became a mother to the most beautiful baby girl I had ever seen. I thought my life had changed when I became pregnant but it was the moment she was born that changed it all for the better.
Becoming your mother at nineteen has been the biggest blessing of my life. I would've liked to have grown up and become the best version of myself before I brought you into it but instead we grew up TOGETHER. I believe that is one of the reasons why our relationship is so special. I wanted to be your teacher and it turns out that so much of what I know about life and love I've learned from you. You've been by my side through it all and because of that you've seen me win and lose. Yet you've shown me an unconditional love and support that continues to motivate me in every way, shape, and form. For some reason when I held you for the first time I envisioned THIS year. You turning TEN and me turning THIRTY in two weeks. Perhaps I thought, everything that felt so out of place then will come together by now...and it has. Do you know what the best part is? You helped me get to this point. Everything I am and have is because of you and for you. It’s an honor to be your mother. It's now been ten years and sometimes it still feels so surreal to me. I’m so proud of the young lady you’re growing up to be. I hope you always stay true to yourself. The world needs more people with your mind, heart, and spirit. You're my first born, my only girl, my best friend, and favorite artist. I love you and will always be there for you!
I hope you enjoy your DOUBLE DIGITS Birthday!
I love you!