Well folks, it’s official. Sophie is one year old, as of yesterday. I cannot believe how fast the time has flown, although I must say that I should have known to expect it, considering she’s got two older brothers.
Having Sophie has been such an amazing experience already, and I know it’s only going to get better. She’s already Miss Personality and takes her role as family Princess very seriously.
She never fusses when I dress her up in pink frilly stuff, and doesn’t even mind a bit of bling. She is the girliest baby I’ve ever had (again, good thing since her siblings are males!) and makes me smile every day.
She learned to walk at ten months, and now she never stops unless it’s to eat or sleep. Truth be told, she’d rather do those things on the run too. 🙂 She’s already standing up for herself against injustices committed by her big brothers (such as toy-stealing or cookie-snatching), and is very clear on what she wants, when she wants it, and how she wants it. She’s what some would call DETERMINED.
She has brought me so much joy in this first year of her life, and has helped me to bond with my own mother in a way I never could before. When I look at her, I see endless possibility and promise, and I know that she will be something special.
For her birthday, I had her ears pierced. While she wasn’t initially thrilled (the noise scared her), she hasn’t minded since. And she looks positively adorable. Here’s a bad pic I took with my cell phone right after we had them done.
Okay, I’m aware that I’m biased, but what a beauty! 🙂
For dinner, Sophie tried her first White Castle burger. I was shocked that she loved it and ate more than half! Sophie’s brothers and I baked special birthday cookies for her, and we all sang happy birthday to her and helped her blow out her candle.
Okay, okay. I admit it. She’s NOT really a prodigy. I just wanted an excuse to show you this extremely cute photo of my daughter pretending to play the piano.
I wanted to find a fabulous poem to share here today, in honor of my beautiful daughter Sophia, but it seems impossible to find one that’s just right. Instead, I’ll simply tell you this.
I hope that one day, my daughter is able to look back at her childhood and know that she was loved and supported. I hope that she has fond memories and happy feelings about it, and I hope that all of this looking back is accomplished as she achieves and lives her dreams.
I hope that she never, even for a moment, doubts herself. I hope she recognizes her own beauty, inside and out, and I hope that she finds peace within herself, loving herself for who she truly is, and not what someone else wants her to be.
Yes, I’m fully aware that this is a tall order. I know that many of you will say I’m naive or silly to expect such things. But, as I always say, we must expect the best. And so far, it’s working for me.
To Sophie, I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always. As long as I’m living, my baby you’ll be. 🙂
Angela Atkinson is a Certified Life Coach and the author of more than 20 books on narcissism, narcissistic abuse recovery and related topics. A recognized expert on narcissism and narcissistic personality disorder who has studied and written extensively on narcissistic relationships since 2006, Atkinson was inspired to begin her work as a result of having survived toxic relationships of her own.
Atkinson offers trauma-informed coaching and has certifications in life coaching, level 2 therapeutic model, CBT coaching, integrative wellness coaching, and NLP. She is a certified trauma support coach and certified family trauma professional. She also has a professional PTSD counseling certification. Her mission is to help those who have experienced the emotional and mental devastation that comes with narcissistic abuse in these incredibly toxic relationships to (re)discover their true selves, stop the gaslighting and manipulation and move forward into their genuine desires – into a life that is exactly what they choose for themselves.
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