Happy Birthday Sweet Girl

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!

About Debbie

I have been married for 20 years to a Yankee, have two great kids, a fun and funny Southern family, and a whole bunch of friends. I try to enjoy the journey!
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9 Responses to Happy Birthday Sweet Girl

  1. Katybeth says:

    Happy Birth-Day to you! It does go so fast, and it is a challenge but as you pointed out it is so wonderful to watch them stretch up into such amazing human beings. I think parenting just gets better and better despite the challenges and the days you want to give them to the Gypsies.

    Hope you have a lovely day!

  2. Debbie says:

    Happy Birthday to your daughter! I have a strong-willed son, so I know what a challenge they can be. I wouldn’t have it any other way, though, and I suspect you’d agree with me on that!

    • Debbie says:

      My mantra is I can help to guide a strong will but have no idea how to create one. So, yes, wouldn’t have it any other way!

  3. Diane says:

    I have one of those strong-willed, independent girls! They can exhaust a mama but it’s awesome to see them blaze a trail. Happy Birthday to your precious girl and to you!!

    • Debbie says:

      After the stories of yours over the last few weeks, I agree that you indeed have one! Sounds like yours makes you as proud as mine does me!

  4. Debbie says:

    Connie, I have no doubt. No dull moments around here!

  5. Oh the excitement of willed girls! You will never have a dull moment. Her high school and college years will teach yo.u and Brianl much.lol

    • Debbie says:

      Connie, thanks for checking in. There is no doubt that I have much to learn. If the last 15 years are any indication, we’ll have fun learning the lessons!