So....I have a really grown up daughter.....she has always been a brilliant friend as well as a daughter. I remember thinking she would need to be about 16 before she would be a good shopping or watching rubbish on TV companion.....but she surpassed herself and has been my favourite shopping & TV friend since she was about 9 !
|Jess, celebrating being 18|
Finding myself pregnant ( at 36) all those years ago was a bit of a shock. I have always told Jess, she was definitely not a mistake...but she was an accident....or at least she wasn’t intentional. However, from the second I realised I was pregnant I was ecstatic. Never having considered getting pregnant, I never expected it.... but it was amazing. Luckily, Mark, already a father to 2 brilliant children (then 10 and 11, living half with us and half with their mother and her partner) was equally delighted....and we began considering how things would be different. We had intended to travel, and decided that we would continue with those plans. Jess was born 5 weeks early, but when she was only 9 weeks old, we went to Wisconsin for 3 weeks......she was a very small 9 week old baby, but coped brilliantly with the transatlantic flight.... and she has never looked back.
Jess is an adventurer, with a passion for her family and friends. She loves nothing better than getting different groups of her friends together. Next week, In France, she will be there with a young woman she shares a house with in Liverpool, who she met 2 years ago, a friend from 6th form college, from 5 years ago and a friend she met at her pre school nursery, when she was actually only 5 months old.
|Jess celebrating Ireland|
|Jess and friends ( 2 of them coming to France with her).....just celebrating....|
This is typical of her.....and I know we will have a wonderful time. It will be particularly special for her, as her sister, brother in law to be ( wedding in September), one of her nephews and her 10 week old niece will be joining us.....nothing could be better for Jess, than family and friends, together....on an adventure. Actually, the only thing that could be better would be if her boyfriend,her dad, and her brother and sister in law with their 2 boys could be with us at the same time. My husband, Mark will be in England working, while she is with me...so that is going to be strange for me too.
The pregnancy, 21 years ago, was a difficult one, and I spent the last 11 weeks of it in hospital with pre-eclampsia..... but the birth was normal, and we were ejected from the hospital within 3 days of her birth....both entirely fit and healthy. That was 21 years ago on Tuesday, and I can honestly say that my life since then has been thoroughly enriched, enhanced, perfected, and completed by her existence.
Happy Birthday Jess.
|Jess and Freni ( friend since Nursery at 5 months old) celebrating life.|