My baby turns 8 today. I started this journey when she was 6 months old. For most of her life she has been in this spotlight. The subject of most of my earlier posts and a model for many of my current campaigns. She is and always has been, my muse. She has always made me want to do better, to be better.
When you turn 8 and it’s 2019 in America you know what social media is. A lot of people (parents) find this scary. Yes, social media can be very scary. But it can also be a job and well…it’s my job. Because of this I’ve been very open with her about what I do and the importance of being a good digital citizen. She knows exactly what Misadventures in Mommyhood is and how it gives me the opportunity to be present with her while making an income to help support our family. She knows this job never lets me miss a drop off or a pick up. She knows this job takes us on amazing trips and garners once-in-a-lifetime experiences. She also knows it touches a lot of people. She learned this when something I posted was mentioned by a friend at school. It wasn’t malicious or mean-spirited at all, it was just a passing comment, but she didn’t like that she didn’t know about it. And rightly so. She told me exactly what happened and then asked that I not post anything that she didn’t approve of. Consider me schooled. She was 100% right. What was I thinking?
So here we are, my friends. 2019 and my baby is 8. She has led an incredibly beautiful life so far. You might have been privy to a lot of it. She is sharp as a tact and strong as a bull. She doesn’t miss a beat. She knows how to stand up for herself. We raised her that way. We can’t wait to see what she’ll do next. Maybe you’ll get to see it too, but not without her stamp of approval first. Going forward, nothing on this blog or on social media will be posted about my daughter without her seeing and signing off on it. I often tell the clients I work with that social media changes constantly which means we are always learning and adapting. I guess that’s one thing it has in common with parenting.
Happy Birthday to our first adventure, Paigely Baker Quinn. I love your spirit and your energy. You have an incredible zest for life and a taste for adventure. You are somehow fearless and cautious at the same time. You know how to take healthy risks. I love how you hug your baby brother in the morning when you wake up and share in your other brother’s wild imagination. I love how you appreciate the time we get to spend alone, I love those times too. I love the genuine “thank you’s” you shower when I cook your favorite foods (Shell Mac & Cheese & Loaded Baked Potatoes) I love that you are still so innocent. I hope you will always think Wild Kratts is super cool and hanging with Mom and Dad is too. We’ll always be here for you, learning and adapting as we go.
-Post Approved by PBQ
Older Birthday Posts:
Turning 3 With A Whole Lotta Glee