Sunday, January 31, 2010

13 Going On 30

Thirteen years ago today I became a mother. 12 years and 51 weeks ago I wondered if I had made the biggest mistake of my life.

Mothers were supposed to know how to change a diaper, nurse without bleeding, and for heavens sake be able to calm their own child.

My baby cried for three months straight.

And then, as if by magic, the storm calmed, and I had this. A sweet pudgy baby that completely melted my heart.

Something necessary for a little girl who would throw tantrums like nobody's business, get into all kinds of trouble, and yet somehow become the best little helper I could ask for.

She was barely 8 months old when I got pregnant with number two, which meant that her role became keeping baby brother in check. She still was our little princess, but was evolving into a mature little lady with a fierce independence that loved to...well...take charge. Quite frankly, that was fine with me. Call it birth order, call it personality, Sierra has always seemed older than she is. So responsible, so witty, and utterly devoted to her brothers. It doesn't hurt that she still thinks her mom is the coolest, either. We'll see how much longer that lasts. Sierra, the older you get, the more I'm realizing how little time we have left with you. A few short years and you'll be off into the world. You'll do great in all that you pursue, despite the fact that you've got your mothers big mouth and your fathers strong will. Or maybe because of that. In any case, you'll be gone before we know it, so we're living it up while we can.

Happy Birthday, my little princess.


  1. Sniff. You should be very proud of yourself. What a remarkable and lovely young woman you have raised. Just liked her mother.
    I feel encouraged when I see girls like her. And mothers like you:)

  2. Happy Birthday Sierra!
    and Mom? enjoy these years! They are some of the toughest, but they can be wonderful. And they go by sooooo fast!

  3. Oh how I love a good tear-up so early in the morning. At least I haven't put on my makeup yet.

    Happy Birthday Sierra!

  4. That is so cute -- oh, those dimples!

  5. Happy Birthday Sierra!

    Reading these comments it's nice to know that I'm not the only one who got teary eyed reading this.

    And Isaac cried until he was at crawling age. I guess it helped move the gas around better so he could get it out? He had formula allergies.

  6. holy crap...! you guys are twinners...:o)

  7. Happy Birthday, Sierra! Love that girl. There aren't many 12/13 year olds that can converse comfortably on an adult level....but she sure can. Pretty sure she's more mature than I am.

  8. Wow, you guys look a lot alike. Happy birthday Sierra!

  9. Gosh she's pretty. I wouldn't want to let her go out into the big, cold world. It would be nice to keep them safe at home forever.

    Happy Birthday to your princess,

    The Blue Ridge Gal

  10. Becca, I know Sierra is your's, but, holy cow, she reminds me a lot of Khristie!!! I love seeing all your pics of your family and projects! :)


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