I will forever love the doctor who said this to me on the day of your birth:

“She’s a titch, but she’s perfect.”

All four pounds, fourteen ounces of you.

My last miracle.

My baby girl.

Who looks like this:

So can you forgive me for still seeing you like this?


And allow me to say (without exaggeration) that each day since your birth you’ve made me


Not just with my lips and eyes, but with my heart.

Therefore my wish for you today (and every other day for the rest of your life)

…is JOY.

Because my love (my Kaker Baker Candlestick Maker), you make me complete.

As long as I have you, no one can steal my sunshine.

And if I could, my girl, I’d give you every ray of mine.

This song played hourly the summer Karly was born and I haven’t stopped loving it since…

Last Modified on July 14, 2017
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30 thoughts on “Teenager

  1. This is beautiful and makes me appreciate MY 4-year-old a little more – although she just called her brother a mofo – knowing that she’ll also be a teenager one day. I aspire to be like you…

  2. Happy Birthday to your sweet girl. A teenager! That is completely awesome. xoxoxoxoxoxo

  3. This is beautiful, Julie. And so is your daughter.
    Annie turned 9 this month and I find myself thinking of her as a 2 year old, a 3 year old and how much she’s changed, but the same…you know?
    Happy Birthday to your gorgeous girl.

  4. Oh my goodness. Happy birthday to your girl! (I remember that summer and loved that song)

  5. Welcome to the world of two teenagers. 🙂 Your daughter is darling and she is very lucky to have you!! Happy weekend!

  6. Happy birthday!! And may i say i’m eternally grateful you are experiencing the teenage years before me, so you can hold my hand when my kids enter those “golden” years? xoxo

  7. I KNOW.

    YOU are so right.

    Why I love Shrek II, it played non stop when my Auggie doggie was born.

    How funny, we think the same way.

    How funny…

  8. Niiiice. Very nice tribute to the teen!

  9. Congratulations to you Teenager Mom! If I lived closer to you I would deliver a bottle of wine to celebrate. Deep breath and a big hug!

  10. You made me cry. Happy Birthday to your Karly! She’s beautiful just like her momma!

  11. Mel


  12. Tech will turn in August. He stopped breathing 5 times. We are so lucky to have him.

    Will I feel this way in a month?

    When he comes home all sleepy and hungry and demand-ishy?

    Congrats to you for having such great kids.

  13. Beautiful girl. Beautiful words from her mom.

  14. Happy Birthday, Karly!!

    Julie, mother of two teens? I can hardly believe it, you don’t look a day over 28.

  15. LEN! I almost forgot about that song!

    Happy birthday to a girl I can only assume is a gorgeous person given that your mom is one of the most beautiful people I know.

  16. Cameron

    Oh Julie. I love your letters, but you must be aware that Steal My Sunshine simply CANNOT be a teenage number of years old.

  17. Julie

    Hard to believe how time flies, right Cam? July of 1999.
    Len’s one hit wonder.

    And forever one of my favorite songs because of the timing…

  18. Beautiful post, Julie.

  19. Happy Birthday!

    No matter how many candles they have on the cake, they’re always our sweet babies.

    Even when our saying so embarrasses them;)

  20. Happy Birthday.

    My oldest turns 12 in December. I think he grew two feet taller this summer, but what really kills me is his face.

    The baby face is quickly disappearing and now I see this preteen premonition of the future.

  21. Pop

    Don’t you just love the internet?! I remember growing up and being HORRIFIED when my mom would take out the family photo album, especially if the guests brought over a girl that was my age. But now? With technology, we don’t need to wait to have guests over to embarrass our kids.

    But seriously, what a marvelous post. It’s a reminder that I need to get started on that deadly martial art training before D1 becomes a teen.

  22. What is a titch???????

    That’s a risqué word to use to a new mom. At least it would be for me who has no idea what it means.

    Your girl is gorgeous, just like you. 🙂

  23. Moms and their girls make me teary. Even when they act like teenage girls. XO

  24. Happy birthday to your daughter. May she always bless your life with smiles.

  25. Beautiful! And happy birthday to your sweet girl.

  26. Oh so perfect and I don’t have to tell you this but she LOOKS like a teenager. Happy Birth Day to both of you!

  27. So beautiful. I have tears because I know that kind of love. Thank goodness!

  28. This is such a beautiful tribute. So beautiful.

  29. Di

    KK brings joy to all of us…every day, every way! XXXOOO

  30. What a lovely poet. So it is true when they say they grow up way too fast ha?

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