Today is a celebration for our family. 15 years ago God sent us a baby girl. I remember the hospital , I remember the labor process, I remember all of it. That little baby wasn’t coming out the normal way. She wiggled her arm over her head to make sure nobody was making her too! It was as if she was saying,” Have you seen the clock? It is 7:00 in the morning!” That should have been a sign of her strong temperament. I delivered a healthy baby by C-section after 24 hours of trying to change her mind. Once she was out, she didn’t want to be too far away from her momma, though. Even in the hospital , my little baby girl preferred my arms, lap, or pillow beside me in that hospital bed to her own basinette.
My children’s birthdays always make me melancholic. I remember a few other times, my daughter’s strong will was oh so obvious.By the time she was about a year and a half, she would climb out of her crib, especially during nap time. Just about every day, I would go get her after she finally fallen asleep to find that she had emptied the drawers and her clothes were all over the floor! Guessing from the looks of her room right now, she must have been born liking her clothes on the floor. I’ve long since stopped cleaning that room. i do make her do every now and then!
One day when she was about 2 and once again escaped from nap time, probably because the rail was down, she wandered into the guest room/office and found a bank envelope and a roll of stamps. For some reason, she felt the need to rip the crisp $100 bills into small squares and stick the stamps to everything in sight. I had closed a bank account and was headed out to deposit it after her nap. My stomach did not feel too good to see $600 worth of confetti on the floor! Luckily for me, the bank clerk cheerfully replaced it with un confettied money and put it safely in our account!
Over the years, I have watched this strong-willed child grow and mature. She has challenged our decisions, our opinions, and our rules. I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’ve always said that she won’t be led down a bad path. She may blaze the trail for somebody else, but not led.
Happy birthday my sweet girl! You make Daddy and I proud every day. I cannot wait to see what God has planned for you and that strong spirit of yours!