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Celebrating 14 Years – A Poem for Lucia

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Today is our oldest daughter, Lucia’s 14th birthday. So to celebrate, I thought I’d do something a little different than the regular, sappy blog post. Instead, I wrote a poem for our teenager.

Just over 12 hours of labor,
A misplaced epidural and 45 minutes of failed pushes;
My pregnant stomach had gotten so big,
Most people thought I’d deliver multiple tushes.

But out you came, a healthy eight pounds,
Beautiful thick black hair and blue eyes;
Today you turn fourteen,
And I realized how quickly time flies.

This year you’ll get your first job,
Next year you’ll learn to drive a car;
And I’m sure you’ll go through teenage phases,
Some fun, but most bizarre.

I’ll try to be your best friend,
It’ll probably drive you nuts;
Sometimes you’ll be grateful for me,
And other times you’ll hate my guts.

We’ve already been through a lot together,
Including 3 or 4 short-lived fishes;
And listening to daily requests,
From Dad to do the dishes.

But I’ll love you through the attitude,
The silent treatment and the eye rolls;
I was a teenage girl once too, my love,
And I know we can sometimes be a-holes.

Never stop growing your talents,
Keep on dreaming your dreams;
And remember that your future is so bright,
And nothing is ever as bad as it seems.

This year I want you to enjoy every moment,
Laugh, love and shine like a star;
Be the best version of yourself,
The amazing girl your Dad and I know you are.

Happy 14th birthday Lucia,
You’re beautiful, smart and incredibly loud;
And with every single day that goes by,
We couldn’t be any more proud.

Please join us in wishing our beautiful first born, Lucia a very happy 14th birthday by commenting below! You can even write a poem of your own for her, if you’d like. She’ll be reading them all!

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A special poem for our oldest daughter, Lucia, to celebrate her fourteenth birthday and her second year as a teenager.

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  • Zenda Lobdell
    September 23, 2019

    That is such a sweet poem and I’m sure it brought tears to her eyes!!

    Happy birthday Lucia, I hope you had a lovely birthday!!!

  • Ashley Rice
    September 19, 2019

    What a beautiful poem! I am sure she loved it!!

  • Catherine
    September 18, 2019

    This was so sweet and beautiful! Thank you for sharing and happy birthday to Lucia!
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  • Brianna S
    September 17, 2019

    Beautiful poem, Heather!! I hope she had the best day. She is gorgeous!!!

  • Danjay R.
    September 17, 2019

    Beautiful poem for a pretty daughter 🙂

  • Jasmine M
    September 17, 2019

    Happy Birthday to your daughter! This is so sweet! I really enjoyed this poem. It’s always interesting watching children grow up into adults and seeing them evolve.

  • Nadalie Bardo
    September 17, 2019

    Happy birthday! What a great age, my niece is the same and it’s a big year. So many things happen around this time. Driving, scary and exciting, am I right?

  • Lyosha
    September 17, 2019

    what a beautiful poem! 14 years old is magical age: so in between
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  • Chastity
    September 17, 2019

    Happy Birthday! The teenager years will always be unforgettable. Enjoy them and take plenty of photos of her journey.

  • Emily Fata
    September 17, 2019

    What a beautifully written poem. Happiest of birthdays to your eldest — may she have an amazing year ahead of her!

  • Romy Schorr
    September 17, 2019

    Happy Birthday to your daughter. Fourteen is such an age of learning new things about themselves. I love your poem idea for your daughter. She will be able to treasure it forever.
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  • Wren
    September 17, 2019

    That is so sweet! It is always enjoyable to watch them grow up and become people! <3
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  • WanderlustBeautyDreams
    September 17, 2019

    How beautiful. I loved reading this poem. I’m sure your daughter loved reading this on her birthday!
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  • Sharon
    September 17, 2019

    What a beautiful poem for your daughter. They grow up so quickly got to enjoy every moment.

  • Carrie | Clean Eating Kitchen
    September 17, 2019

    Happy birthday Lucia! What a lovely way to celebrate her birthday – lovely poem 🙂

  • Carolyn
    September 17, 2019

    So, so precious. Happy birthday, Lucia! You are beautiful and I hope you had a beautiful day!
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  • Lyanna Soria
    September 17, 2019

    Happy 14th Birthday to her! She looks amazing and hope that she had tons of fun during her birthday. That is so sweet of you, unique even, to make her a wonderful and beautifully written poem.

  • Monika
    September 17, 2019

    I literally cried a little.
    Such a moving poem….
    all the best to your beautiful family!

  • Kelly Martin
    September 17, 2019

    This is great Heather! Happy birthday to Lucia. Such a gorgeous name.

  • littlemisadvencha
    September 17, 2019

    this act is so sweet. your teenager is so lucky to have a very thoughtful mom like you. it’s not everyone who can express their love thru a poem. so classic!

  • Catalina
    September 17, 2019

    14 years! What a beautiful age and what a beautiful poem! The best gift ever! Happy birthday to your daughter!

  • Ruth I
    September 17, 2019

    This is the sweetest! Yes, she is so beautiful! Happy birthday to Lucia!

  • Toni
    September 17, 2019

    Aww..this is really sweet! Happy birthday to your lovely teen.

  • Liz Cochico
    September 17, 2019

    She is so pretty and I love her smile. This is a very sweet poem for her. Happy Birthday to her!
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  • Rachel
    September 17, 2019

    What a sweet poem! I am sure she will treasure this for a long time. Happy birthday!
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  • Subhashish Roy
    September 17, 2019

    What a beautiful poem. Summing up the last fourteen years so nicely. Wish Lucia a wonderful birthday. God bless her with lots of happiness.
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  • Shayla Marie
    September 16, 2019

    Awe! LOVE! I have a 14 year old too! So amazingly bittersweet. Tell her Happy Birthday, and she’s stunning!

  • Celebrate Woman Today
    September 16, 2019

    Heather,
    You’ve expressed so well, so much with love and remembrance of that day.
    Wow, GRL, your poem made me teary.

  • eli
    September 16, 2019

    Aww what a sweet poem. It must be so nice and bittersweet watching her grow up! So many memories made.

  • kita
    September 16, 2019

    Awww 14 is a special year. Mine turs 14 next year and I think its the beginning stages of that young adulthood life and I’m not ready lol

  • Jordan | Read. Eat. Repeat.
    September 16, 2019

    Aww, how sweet! She really is beautiful! My girls are only 4 and 6 so it’s hard for me to imagine how it would feel to have a 14 year old.
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  • Claudia Krusch
    September 16, 2019

    Such a great way to celebrate your daughter! Beautiful poem! Love that you chose this way to celebrate her 14th birthday!
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  • Romy Schorr
    September 16, 2019

    I just love her name…..Lucia! Your poem is so heartfelt and full of love for her. I loved every word! Happy birthday Lucia!
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  • kumamonjeng
    September 16, 2019

    I have to say this is the best present for a kid, it is so powerful and makes the child so confident knowing there is a mom loving her that much. This is simply awesome and will be kept in the child’s memory forever!
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  • Jessie
    September 16, 2019

    Happy Birthday Lucia! 14 can be hard but it can also be the best year of your life. Enjoy it, it’s your only chance at being 14!

  • Tara Pittman
    September 16, 2019

    What a sweet poem. This is something that she can treasure for her whole life.

  • Liz Mays
    September 16, 2019

    Happy birthday! This is a really sweet poem. It sounds like she’s growing up to be an awesome person!

  • Lisa Joy Thompson
    September 16, 2019

    Happy birthday Lucia! What a sweet tribute you’ve written. This will be something she’ll be able to treasure for years to come.
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  • Brianne Tursi Manz
    September 16, 2019

    Lucia is a beautiful name for a beautiful daughter! Her smile is infectious and she sounds like an amazing young lady! Happy birthday to her!

  • Gustavo Castillo
    September 16, 2019

    Happy Birthday to my princess!!

  • Fiona Cambouropoulos
    September 16, 2019

    Happy birthday Lucia! What a beautiful poem for a beautiful girl.
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  • Lisa
    September 16, 2019

    This is so touching. I don’t yet have kids but I can imagine teens are more challenging to deal with!

  • Cristina Petrini
    September 16, 2019

    Much love. How much art and poetry. Very beautifull. Wishes!!!

  • Amy Battaglia
    September 16, 2019

    Happy 14th Birthday Lucia!! We hope that you have a super fabulous day!!
    Love,
    Amy, Pippy & LoLo

  • Emman Damian
    September 16, 2019

    Happy 14th birthday to you! I hope you grow smarter!
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  • Brandy Caldwell
    September 16, 2019

    Awe, that was an awesome poem! Happy 14!!

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