Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Learning to appreciate the naughtiness
You'll find that I write a lot about my daughter Laraine. It's because she gives me a lot of material. Just today, I wrote down 3 different quotes of hers that totally cracked me up. I also put her in time out 4 times, threatened to throw her toys away, and took away her t.v. privileges by 10 AM. Oh and did I mention that I threw her make-up and case in the garbage (thanks for that Christmas gift Grammy...)? The thing is, I get frustrated with her attitude and naughtiness, but I know that it's part of what makes her her.
Laraine was born 3 weeks and 2 days early (the least premature of my babies). Shortly after birth she went to the NICU where she camped out for 2 weeks. Those first 2 weeks were hard for her, she struggled... a lot. Watching my daughter struggle just to perform the very basics of life was to say the least horrifying. I remember sitting outside of her incubator praying that God would do great things in her life and make her into a strong child. I got my wish.
Four years later she is outspoken, funny, courageous, beautiful, crazy, and did I mention a little naughty? I have to remind myself on a daily basis about my prayer that day; and know that if she wasn't constantly pushing her limits than she wouldn't be growing into the strong independent woman that I know she will become.