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Friday, 13 September 2013

Friday the 13th

OK, so it might be Friday the 13th - but my daughters also happen to be celebrating their 19th birthday.

On Tuesday the 13th September 1994, Olivia and Sophia came into the world at 09:46 and 09:47 am respectively. Olivia weighing in at exactly 2 Kg and Sophia at 2.3 Kg, or 4lb, 5oz and 5lb, 1oz in old money.

Having foolishly thought that I'd become worldly wise after giving birth, I soon realised that I was completely clueless. Nothing's changed and I've been perpetually mystified by motherhood ever since. Eventually I concluded that all mums make it up as they go along to the best of their ability.

1994 was a long, hot summer and also the year that Four Weddings and a Funeral was released. Wet Wet Wet had been at number one in the charts for weeks on end, but on the day the girls were born this track had just taken over the number one spot.


To this day, I can't hear it without thinking about becoming a mum and wondering if I'd ever get to go out partying on a Saturday night ever again?!

My daughters will always be my babies - do all mums always think this I wonder? I find that I'm amazed at how they've grown up to be so different - surely, this has to be nature, not nurture.

Sophia is passionate about rowing, loves art and has a real sense of adventure. Olivia on the other hand, loves books, socialising and has a wicked sense of humour.

They both adore one anothers company and so I was surprised that they chose universities eight hours apart. Together, they share a passion for music, travel and jokes that only twins would ever understand.

Like most families, we've had our ups and downs over the years and now, my babies are all grown up and off to uni in just over a week. How did that happen? It doesn't seem like five minutes since I was reading bedtime stories and trying not to cry after treading on stray pieces of Lego.

This year we're having a leaving party and presents will be mostly essential purchases for starting at university. Although we did manage to catch The Lion King earlier this week at the theatre. Sadly, the days when Sophia would have asked for a balloon, an animal and a hug for her birthday are long gone.

By the time they both come home for Christmas, I'm guessing my daughters will have changed a lot. I hope that I'll still be able to extract the occasional hug and curl up on the sofa watching films.

Thank heavens for Skype, as this is the only way I'm going to get to see them. It seems strange to think that it wasn't even invented when the girls were babies.

So, at nineteen my daughters are leaving home - albeit temporarily. I am going to miss them more than they could possibly ever realise and hope that they have the time of their lives...



Copyright ©2013 Izzie Anderton
 

18 comments :

  1. That made me cry a little bit! Wow, it doesn't seem like five minutes since Whigfield! Me and my friend used to piss ourselves laughing dancing to that at Rock City. But we were at university then, so, yes, it was a long time ago! It's so lovely that your girls are such good friends. Good luck to them for university - and to you for dealing with that space in your life :(

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    1. Thanks Sarah, I never got to learn the dance to it, as I was heavily pregnant and then too busy looking after babies. Note to self: add this to list of things to do after they've gone! Happy to hear that Whigfield has some special memories for you to.

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  2. Good luck for you and your girls over the coming weeks. They sound lovely so you've clearly done a sterling job. My eldest started school last week and I just know in the blink of an eye I'll be packing her off to uni. Everyone says it goes too fast, and reading posts like this makes me want to treasure this time right now even more! #PoCoLo

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    1. Starting school is a huge milestone and I'm sure you've had a very emotional week! It most definitely goes too fast - make the most of it!

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  3. Aww we have very similar #PoCoLo posts this week as my eldest son turned nineteen on 11th! What a coincidence. Fortunately for me his school is nearby so he's staying at home for now but I know how you feel. Wishing your girls the best of luck x

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    1. Good luck to your son and belated Happy Birthday wishes x

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  4. Aw - such a lovely post! I've just picked my eldest daughter up from her first morning at school. It seems impossible to imagine her leaving home! I tell her all the time that she'll always be my baby though and she laughs at me!
    Hope the void they leave isn't too big and that you can make the most of modern technology (ain't it great!) to keep up with their lives. Enjoy the leaving celebrations as much as you can! #PoCoLo

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    1. They are always your babies, even though my daughters are unimpressed now that they're 19! Hope your daughter has had an excellent first week at school.

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  5. the time really does speed by. Happy birthday girls x

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    1. Yep, blink and it's gone! Thanks Jaime.

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  6. Well I won't tell you how old I was in 1994, but lets just say motherhood was not a subject that I cared about then, and that time does fly...
    Happy birthday to both your daughters :) Hope you are all having lots of family / birthday fun today and they are enjoying themselves.
    I think we all see our kids as little babies all their lives, it's one of the perks of parenting, just like embarrassing your kids to no end, and nagging (at least that's what I tell my kids. Just so they will know what to expect) :)
    It is wonderful that they are great friends. This is what I wish for my boys when they grow up.
    Have a great weekend!

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    1. Daughters went out celebrating with friends last night and as most of them are off to university this week or next it was an emotional time. Making the most of them both while I still can and extracting hugs etc.
      I hope that your sons grow up to be the very best of friends.

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  7. Aww lovely post!
    I hope you're girls have a fab birthday & good luck to them at university x

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    1. Thanks Kim, they had an awesome day and were out celebrating last night with friends.

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  8. Firstly, Happy Birthday to the girls - hope they had a great birthday. You guys seems to have such an amazing relationship and I love reading your posts #PoCoLo

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    1. Thanks Cathie, they had a relatively quiet day and went out celebrating last night! Naturally they're both still asleep!

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  9. ah such a lovely post. You seem to have such a great relationship with ur girls, so nice to read** i struggled leaving my studley at pre school today without crying, hope your doing well :):) xx

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  10. I have to say that I am dreading the day Grace does this - I will miss her terribly. I really feel for you at the moment. Gosh, I remember that song!! Thinking of you this week and thank you for linking to PoCoLo x

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