Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Proud Mommy

Seven years ago today, I was on my third day of labor with my first child. I was miserable and scared. I had no idea when my baby who was due 9 days before would ever come and what being a mom would be like. She didn't come on March 14th, she waited until 4:06 the next morning to finally arrive, 10 days late on March 15th.
This trip was on her 4th Birthday

Welcome to the world Bridget! My life changed that day. I was a Mom. I had no idea what to expect, but I was ready to learn. Having Bridget has been more of a blessing that I could even possibly explain. I know I am biased, but I have to brag that she is by far the smartest kid ever.

My 4 year old princess.

Currently, everyone around me is pregnant, having a baby, or trying to get pregnant. I would be lying to say I am not having baby fever. I would LOVE to have another baby. I have two beautiful girls and would love to have a boy to complement our family. While, I would like this, it is not practical. I am so excited to go back to school and work on my career. I have accepted that my family is complete and am thrilled to get to be in the next stage of raising kids.

My girls.

This week, I learned even more from my daughter and sometimes wonder how she has developed traits that I could I only wish I had. Today is science fair day at the elementary school. It was not required to do a science project but when I tried talking her out of doing one she said "But it is my dream to be a scientist." Seriously, how could I say no to that?

The first time I got nervous for her, her first ballet recital.

My sister-in-law is an engineer/science geek (Hi Nicole!). Bridget loves her aunt and loves the books that her aunt gives her including a science experiment book that we have been reading to her for years. Bridget was so excited to have a chance to pick an experiment out of the book. We picked a pretty simple experiment and photographed the entire process. We put the project board together and then started discussing what would happen at the fair.
The project board.

Explaining to Bridget that she would need to describe to the judges and others how her experiment worked instantly made me nervous. I hid my fear from her as we worked on her presentation which she seemed to get down pretty quickly. She understood how her project worked and even remembered the more scientific words to explain things. This is when I started to realize how grown up she is. She is no longer a baby. She understands something that isn't just an easy concept.

Yesterday, we talked a little bit more about the science fair. Many kids in her class partnered up to work on their projects, so I again got scared for her. I was sending my baby to present her science project all by herself. This is something I could not have done as a little girl, and would be extremely nervous to do even today. I asked her if she was OK with being there by herself and she pretty much laughed at me. It was no problem at all to her. Where did she get this confidence and can I have some of it for myself?

Ready for school.

So Bridget left for school this morning incredibly excited for her first science fair. I sat home this morning prouder than I have ever been as a mother. Apparently, my husband and I are doing our job. We have somehow taught my daughter to be smart and confident. I can't stop smiling, being a Mom is the most rewarding job.


Amanda Loudin said...

Good reason to be proud! What a cute little future scientist. Happy birthday to her (and congrats to you)!

Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} said...

You should be proud! I love it when my daughter surprises me with a trait I'd always wished I had.

kathy said...

That's so awesome! My son's birthday is today - he's 8! I'm always amazed at the confidence he has moving through this world - I hope he never loses it! Good job mom!

Jolene said...

aww!! that is so cute!! I used to LOVE the science fair!! Proud mama, as you should be :)

Michelle said...

Awwww!! What a great little lady :) Hope she has a wonderful birthday!!

Suzanne Westenhofer said...

What a sweet post! Hope she has had a great birthday!

Jessica Hofheimer said...

Happy Birthday to your beautiful budding scientist! You are an awesome mom -- encouraging your child to follow her dreams and to believe in herself, to be curious and thoughtful and to see things through, and celebrating her for the person she is and the person she wants to become! And I agree, it is the most rewarding job ever. What a happy day!

Laura said...

Happy birthday to your daughter! I love that she is into science, we need more female scientists. :) Isn't that the best confirmation that you're doing your job, to see her confidence? What a sweet post, and so glad you can be a proud mama! Happy birthday to her! Btw, I just saw my old link on the blogroll, if you get a chance to update it, that would be great- thanks!