My daughter Emily turned 9 the middle of December. "Little Laura" as my mom calls her. She really is a "mini me," but she is also a truly unique girl. I will never forget the day she was born, I didn't believe the nurse when she told me I had a girl. I was so happy, after all I already had a little boy, Alex and now he would have a little sister to protect. Protect, ha ha, that rarely happens these days, they are 9 and 12 and usually fighting but I know they really love each other. Emily does have it tough being the middle child and a big sister herself. With a little sister following her around, it isn't easy. I should know...I have a little sister too, who when we were little was annoying to me. Now that we are grown up and have children of our own I'm so glad I have my sister. I love her very much.
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