Well, the baby is growing up, hitting "double digits" as she keeps telling me. I want to (and do) encourage her to be herself, be strong, independent and at the same time I want to wrap her in bubble wrap forever. I want to encourage her to spread her wings and fly when she's ready and yet, I want her with me always, which isn't fair to her. For now, I'll take the 'tween part for what it is and will start recording when she says "I'll never leave here", "I'll always love you" and "you're my BFF" and in a couple years when we're locking horns, play it back for her. In the meantime, I have saved all the cards, notes, little gifts she has made me and leaves laying around for me to find (like the "I love you mommy" bookmark she slipped in a book I was reading and replaced the bookmark I was using).
This is the birthday card she made for me this year:
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And for the record, yes, I shed a tear or two.