Tuesday, February 24, 2009

A Little Late

Since Camden's due for his birthday post this weekend, I had to get crack-a-lackin' on unfinished business leftover from January. Because Sierra's birthday also marks the beginning of my new role as a mother (ME? Somebody's Mom?), it's funny to look back and see how, in many ways, the two of us have grown up together.

I still remember being released from the hospital after having her and thinking, "That's it? I haven't got a clue about what I'm supposed to do with a baby, and they're just going to let her go home with me??"

No tests to pass.

Nobody to make sure that I wouldn't break her when I got her dressed.

Nobody to tell me when I may, in fact, be doing something wrong.

I can still remember the first night...when she wailed nonstop....Roger and I just looked at each other and whispered, "What the heck were we thinking? Did we really think that we could do this?"

Eventually she settled into a schedule and then a week later- BAM! A brand new schedule. The beginning of 3 months of colic, where the screaming would begin like clockwork at 4pm and last until after midnight. EVERY. SINGLE. NIGHT.

But somehow we made it though. (Prozac, anyone?)

By 4 months our little Sierra and her big personality began to emerge...the happiest girl on earth to a cranky little stinker; no in-betweens. Uh-oh. Just like her momma.

And now, a young woman.

Still a drama queen.

Still forever giddy or as irritable as they come without much in the middle.

She get's so mad that I always seem to know what she's up to, and it's no big mystery: it's the same thing that I was doing at that age. Scary.

Sierra, you have brought me so much joy (okay, and a few of headaches too.)

I love your never ending creativity.

I love your wit and your charm.

I love that you are so mature, and the best built-in babysitter we could ask for. If you can deal with these 4 boys, ain't nothin' gonna stop you.

I love that you're so gentle with Brendan, and can keep him happy when I need you to.

I love that you are such a good example for the other 3 stooges. (Jordan, Camden, Hayden)

Most of all, I love that I get the blessing of being your mother.

9 comments:

  1. Wait..did I just walk into a Hallmark card? Where's my kleenex?

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  2. Your birthday posts are MUCH sweeter than mine. How did that happen? I like what you said about growing up together. That's what makes our firsts so special. And the guilt of knowing they had to be our test dummies. I would say that- Rebecca had a Rebecca? Well I think that is great because you're a wonderful gal. Okay, I got sentimental. Upward and onward. Shake it off.

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  3. Happy Birthday Sierra! She looks so grown up. How does that happen anyway??

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  4. What a sweet video. I had much the same feelings when we brought Analee home. Thank you for sharing how you feel about Sierra.

    P.S. I fixed my blog. Thanks again for the heads up.

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  5. That was really sweet, Ashlynne reminds me of her even at 1. sweet and happy as can be, but she can get pissed off in a mili-second! I sure wish one day we could all meet, it would be so much fun!

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