Thursday, September 17, 2009

double digits

This morning at 7:45 my firstborn child turned 10 years old. I have been dreading this day for weeks, but I am over that now ... it isn't like I could stop it from coming, although I did try to talk her into going backward this year ... she wouldn't go for it.

So, without further ado, let me introduce you to the baby girl who completely changed my world on this day, 10 years ago. At this moment, her Daddy was proudly introducing her to her two grandmothers. He was so happy to be able to tell them "It's a Girl!" She was a beautiful baby, with a head full of blond hair! I will admit to being biased, but I am supposed to be, so I won't apologize for it.

I had an incredibly easy pregnancy with her. I lost weight, never got sick and didn't start wearing maternity clothes until I was 7 months along. If all of my pregnancies had been that easy, we would probably have 5 or 6 kids by now! There was very little drama in my pregnancy with LB, which she has more than made up for in the last 10 years. The only trouble came in the last half hour before she was born when my labor wouldn't progress properly and her heart rate began dropping and my blood pressure began rising so the doctor decided to deliver by c-section. I must tell you that this was my biggest fear all through my pregnancy. My sister-in-law had a c-section with her first son and it was a nightmare ... one I didn't want to experience. And, truth be told, I didn't. I recovered very quickly, with very little pain and no real problems. And none of that mattered because I had my sweet little girl to hold and that was the only thing I could concentrate on.

Fast forward a few years and I'll admit to lots of struggles with that sweet little girl, who has a personality much like her mother's. Poor thing, she looks just like me, too! But, today, I am celebrating my daughter. I have never doubted that she is a gift from God, for which I will forever be thankful.

Daddy's tree frog - the day she came home from the hospital
Her first day at church

On my parents' porch

My favorite outfit!Almost 2

Mother's Day, 2007 ~ wearing my dress

With her baby girl ~ Maria

Happy Birthday, little girl ...
you'll always be my baby!


Marie Donald Cupstid said...

Jennifer, you made me cry! Beautiful! She can only hope to be as wonderful as her mother. Tell her Happy Birthday from us and how lovely I think she is. I love the tree frog - tell Ronnie in about a dozen or so more years I'm sure he'll be blessed with a tree frog from Laura Beth to enjoy!

Love ya!

Amy-Brad said...

Thanks for sharing the and Ronnie haven't aged a bit in 10 years :)

Happy Birthday LB. We love ya!

Donna said...

I hope Lora Beth had a wonderful day and that she has fun at her party this weekend. My oldest turning 10 was a big deal for me too! But I can say that the 2nd and 3rd child turning 10 was easier to handle!