Ten years ago today, I received one of the two greatest blessings in my life. My beautiful little girl was born - head full of dark hair, big gorgeous blue eyes, long fingers and toes, perfect little round head. She was and still is the most beautiful little girl I've ever seen, and I am truly blessed to have her as my daughter.
Her birth was - much like her brother's twelve years before - a very difficult one. She was almost six weeks premature, the cord was wrapped around her tiny neck, and she was as blue as a Smurf. She did not cry for eleven minutes, and as I waited for those first sounds I could not believe that history was repeating itself. But finally I heard a little whimper and the doctor looked at me and smiled. As soon as it was safe, he put her in my arms, and she instantly stole my heart.
We stayed in the hospital for several days... after the initial trauma, she did amazingly well and spent much of her time in my room. She was in an incubator, but I could get her out and hold her, and I talked to her whenever she was awake. The head nurse at the hospital's nursery had been there forever, and she told me that she'd never met a baby she couldn't "handle". Well about the third day of our stay, this nurse came to get her for a bath. I took advantage of the time and had one myself, as well. I was just getting back into bed when I heard a baby crying it's heart out, and this nurse comes in, wheeling my Little One ahead of her. "I can't do ANY thing with her! She won't stop crying!" She was more than making up for her first few moments of silence!! I picked her up and snuggled her against me, and she stopped instantly. "She just wanted her Mommy!" I told the nurse. Let me tell you... she was NOT a happy lady! Finally, a baby she couldn't comfort! I couldn't help but laugh. From Day One, my Little One has marched to her own beat and wanted one person - her Mommy - and that is just fine with me! :-)
Happy Birthday Beautiful Girl. I love you with ALL my heart and I am SO very glad that God chose me to be your Mommy!!