June 22, 2011

The Amazing Mia

My daughter is an awesome superhero. Forgive me if I take a few minutes to brag. Here's why:

- She placed third in her two events at Saturday's swim meet. To put this in perspective, she's the littlest kid - by far - on the team and was last year too when she came in last in every event. This never bothered her nor did she complain. Once. She not only improved her standing but cut her times in half in some cases.

- She wants nothing more than for her teeth to begin falling out. Quite often, she puts her finger in her mouth and wiggles it telling us that they're getting close.

- She loves her brother even though he hits her. Granted, she hits back so I'm sure that helps.

- She got a report card that was positively glowing. If it had letter grades, they'd all been As.

- She's a first-grader. Yeah. A first-grader. How exactly did this happen? Her first year of school flew by and it was an incredibly successful year for her. She mastered the fine art of reading (finishing a second grade curriculum), gained more best friends than you can count on both hands, found two boyfriends (not sure how I feel about that yet), and now knows more math than I do.

Five years and eleven months ago (exactly), this little black-haired creature came into this world. She cried and refused to sleep or eat and was miserable as a result. But she was gorgeous. And she still is. She's turned into quite the little girl. It's been amazing to watch.

Posted by Chris at June 22, 2011 7:41 AM

She is NOT supposed to be that grown up. I think the picture just shocked me to no end.

Just one more month, and... Holy cow. I'm so happy for you and Beth, Chris. I can think of seven years ago and how much you wanted a kid. Now you have a Mia AND an Owen. And they're freaking lucky, too. :)

Posted by: alektra at June 22, 2011 7:57 AM

She's gorgeous. Don't blink or she'll be 16.

Posted by: Alison at June 22, 2011 8:38 AM

Yay! Sounds like she is definitely a rock star. You must be so proud :)

Posted by: Nicole at June 22, 2011 8:38 AM

And before you know it, she'll be asking for the car keys ;)

Posted by: COD at June 22, 2011 8:39 AM

Amazing indeed! And absolutely stunning! You should probably just get a steel door to keep out all the boys who will soon be beating it down!

Posted by: Kris at June 22, 2011 10:00 AM

You sitting on the porch with a shotgun yet?

Posted by: ann adams at June 22, 2011 10:19 AM

She's growing up well.

Makes a papa proud!

Posted by: cassie-b at June 22, 2011 11:27 AM

Wow! I can't believe how big she is now! Gorgeous gal!

Posted by: niki at June 22, 2011 12:15 PM

That's the good stuff, daddy-o. Congrats to Mia.

Posted by: Brooke at June 22, 2011 12:23 PM

She really is a totally amazing little girl! I remember back then too. It's when I started reading you and Beth!
Congratulations to Mia, Beth, and to you my friend!

Posted by: at June 22, 2011 3:45 PM

Hooray for your great swim meet finishes Mia! (And don't worry about that boyfriend thing - your dad will get used to it!)

Posted by: Heather at June 22, 2011 6:38 PM

It has been just as amazing to read about! I have a daughter who just turned six and her name is Amelia as well, and we too have just completed our first year of school and I have found myself more often that not wondering how and when all that happened. Mia sounds like a fantastic little girl. Pretty impressive thus far, good job for you. Wishing you all a safe, happy summer.

Posted by: shannon at June 26, 2011 1:10 AM

Man, she is so grown up and beautiful!! Congrats on the swim team placings - that big of an improvement is way impressive. Whenever I see a post about ho wold your kids are, I feel very old, and that I've been ready your blog for a looooong time :P

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