Twenty years ago, I held a little girl for the first time, and wondered what life would bring her and our family. Truthfully, I was thinking mostly about things like sleeping at night, how will I know if she is eating enough, potty training, starting kindergarten and maybe hoping she would not turn into one of THOSE teenagers someday. But the teen stuff seem SO far away. I was sleep deprived and in love and the baby stuff was enough (at times, it did SEEM like those night would go on forever and ever…and not in a good way haha)
(warning…middle aged mom moment follows…it doesn’t involve the phrase “back in my day” or anything to do with walking up hill in the snow for long periods of time, so at least there is that).
Time flies, so fast. You may not believe it right now, if you happened to be mired in temper tantrums, or trying to get someone to PLEASE eat a damn vegetable or something, and maybe have heard and been forced to sing “Let it go” about a THOUSAND times too many. BUT time absolutely does fly right on by, without you really seeing it happen in real time. You can’t really GET that until you are suddenly standing there with a grown up kid that is a woman, not a kid, so I need to stop calling her that (its like you KNOW being labour hurts like hell, but you don’t really know what that means until its too late to do anything about it).
But still, try hard to enjoy every single stage, even the annoying and frustrating ones, because soon the annoying part is that you will have a grown up for a child, and you are relegated to telling younger parents how fast time flies and for GOD’s sake, to enjoy the moment (your time WILL come).
So here is my oldest, turning 20. TWO DECADES people! You start feeling extra old when you can measure stuff by the decades. And one decade doesn’t count.
(side note: my son’s high school had a ’90’s dance last week…a NINETIES dance! WTF!!??! That was only like last year! sigh…old/middle aged mom moment is over…whew!)
Typical of my kids – son doing random karate moves, daughter behaving and posing (you have NO idea how many photos I have of that kid doing random karate moves in weird places…someday I will do a post of them LOL)
The years of kids karaoke versions of pop songs…sung loud and proud.
Here, at age 15 (the first photo I remember taking of her as a teen that made me see her more as a grown woman…and yes, at the time, that bothered me, like A LOT!)
High school senior session next ( complete with much awesomer teeth…thanks super expensive braces).
Prom, pretty dresses, pretty girls (and I don’t mean just on the outside… they are all lovely young women in every way).
This is my most recent of her. I did a concept shoot this winter (I have more to share sometime in the future, if I ever find some time to finish retouching them). This is so NOT her personality though…she is not theatrical one bit. I asked her to do this for MY fun. I promised to take her to some pretty gardens or something so she can be more herself. If the weather would get with the program, we will hit some flower beds soon.
So that is 20. I remember 20…it was a sorta awesome time in my life and I am very excited for all of her upcoming experiences, adventures and opportunities. Cause when you have kids, even when they are adults, you can STILL life vicariously through them (even if you can’t choose what they do anymore).
Julie Tauro is a Kitchener Waterloo photographer and the owner at Tauro Photography. Tauro Photography has been providing photography services for families in the Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge since 2002. She also has a 20 year old kid…and can’t believe that has happened already.