Dear Elianna,

Today you are 13 years old. I have watched you grow from a cute little colicky baby, to a sweet little chubbo toddler, then into a beautiful little "schoolager," and now into a gorgeous young woman. You have always and will always remain my baby girl. I remember the first time I laid eyes on you, you were just a few days old, I had no idea that you would play such a big role in my life. I began watching you overnight when you were just two weeks old and ever since we have not gone more than a month without seeing each other.

When I was just 15 years old and up with you in the middle of the night for hours at a time with you screaming your head off from colic, I loved you, even now with some of your "teenage attitude" I love you. I may not have given birth to you, but in my eyes you will always be like a daughter to me.

No matter what my sweet girl, I will always be here for you, as I always have been in the past. I am pleased that you are in my life. I am honored to have been able to teach and show you some of the things I have taught you. I am also honored to have you in Noah and Aaden's life, as they love their "Sassy Sissy" so much. Thank you for being such a big helper with them, thank you for putting smiles on my face in times of sadness, and thank you for filling some of void I had before Noah and Aaden came along. Thank you for letting me be like a Mother to you. Thank you for showing me what it feels like to love a child so much it hurts, thank you for showing me what an amazing honor it is to be called "Mom."

To me you will always be me little "waterlemon" eater, who loves the "hephatents" and couldn't sleep without her rock, sippy cup, and her Jessie doll. I will never forget your face the first time we took you to the beach and you said your first sentence "look at the water!" Visions of your excitement when we took you to Disneyland and Sedona are always wonderful memories that run through my mind.

Today I will call you a teenager, 13 years ago I called you a beautiful baby girl, forever I will call you a daughter.

Sissy, Tiffany, Mom


Hernandez Clan said...

What a great post. Happy Birthday Elianna!

Mama Tina said...

Okay... I was totaling crying reading this post. I can't believe our little Elianna is a teenager. Like with the twins, where is the time going??? You were, and have always been a great "Mom" to Eli as Gabe has been a good Dad. She needed stability in her life and you two have given her that gift. I know she appreciates and loves you both.

Happy Birthday Eli!!! BlahBlah Loves you !!! xoxo

Dancer4_1 said...

Tiffany thats awesome I love the photos of you guys in the earlier days..what love at 15, you had..you can see if written all over your face..you where born to be a mama!..God bless you for taking in, loving and committing to a child(like you had to think twice! =) right)If the world only had more mamas like you..Bless you guys..and Happy Birthday Elianna!!!

Anonymous said...

That is the sweetest thing ever, brought tears to my eyes as I read it. She's very lucky to have you in her life!