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My baby is no longer a baby

Written By: Terry Foster | September 14, 2011

Filed Under: Family, Life

My daughter Celine turns 12 years old today.

Happy birthday baby. Where did the time go? This was a child I never thought would be born. Now she is one year from being a teenager. I still remember the little outfit I bought for her before her birth. I did not know if my first child was a boy or a girl but as soon as I got the news I dashed to Baby’s R us and bought a yellow outfit that would be appropriate for either sex. I was that thrilled.

I remember the day she was born. We read books that said you should play music and talk to your baby when she is in mother’s stomach. I spoke to her every night. I was in the delivery room the day she was born. She came out crying and I was allowed to wheel her back to the room. I told Celine welcome to the world and that daddy was here. She stopped crying and looked at me as if to say: “So that is the guy who has been talking to me all these weeks.”

Now she is a very bright A student who is a very good soccer player with a big mouth and bright ideas who speaks . I know I am already losing her because she does not like hanging out with daddy as much. It is something people warned me about but I still cherish every day with her.

Do you know what the best part of being a dad is for me? It is not seeing her score in soccer or star in the school play. It is not seeing her eat ice cream or bring home straight A’s. It is the times she is in trouble. When Celine was sick as a child I knew I had to be there for her and give her medicine and talk to her. I loved those nights because I felt I was helping.

The other day Celine burst into tears because an interview she did for school disappeared from her computer. I told her to calm down and join me in the basement. I interviewed her and asked her questions she might have asked her person. She recalled everything and the project was a success.

That’s the best part of being a dad for me.

Happy Birthday sweetheart.

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6 Responses to “My baby is no longer a baby”

  1. Ron Marshall Says:

    Happy Daddy day to you T. Gotta say i enjoy reading and listening to you. I have been able to take your experiences and know what I can look for over the years. Some of the same experiences you have had have been just previews for me. So from a fan from the D with a young son and daughter, I glad you have been here for us to. Enjoy your babygirls day. Cause its partially yours too.

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  2. Michael Erickson Says:

    Terry..Congratulations on being a good parent ! I loved that blog and It just says that much more about you and what a good person you really are. Your daughter Celine is a success because of good parenting, and what a great person she is and going to be ! Your blessed and talented. I love reading your blogs and listening to you on ” The Ticket “. Thank you for sharing that with us and have a good day ! When’s the next time your going to be on the Detroit News.com chatting on some Detroit sports topic ? Chatted with you before on the Lions and enjoyed it. Take Care.

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    • Terry Foster Says:

      Thank you for the kind note. I love being a parent. We are having friends over on Saturday and I am grateful I don’t have to cover college football so I can spend the day with her on her big day. I do not know when I will be chatting on the Detroit News sight again. They just sort of tell me a couple days before they want me to do it.

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  3. Michael Erickson Says:

    Oh shoot ! And happy birthday to Celine your daughter !

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  4. Cindy Says:

    I have tears in my eyes reading this. We have a 6 year old and 5 month old. It goes so fast. As a mother, I’ve had to give up some time with the older one as I take care of the baby. Her dad is a terrific dad, but it has been magical to see them bond even more during this time with a new baby. A daughter’s love for her father is amazing and overwhelming. You will always be the most important man in her life. You will teach her how a woman should be treated. God bless!

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