Can this really be happening?
Where did the time go?
Wasn't I just in labor for 19 hours?
Wasn't I just setting eyes on you for the first time?
Why am I sitting here crying?
Could you really be SIX YEARS OLD?!
It is true. My sweet baby girl is turning 6 today. I look back and think of the how we had everything planned out. My hubs and decided we'd get married, and wait five years to have a baby. So when that five years was up, we began "trying." Didn't think much of it at first. It's just going to happen. Well six months of trying, counting days, and pulling out all the tricks, I was beginning to feel like it would never happen. So, the hubs and I decided to take a vacation. Not just a vacation, but an all-inclusive vacation to Cabo San Lucas in January. We had been looking forward to our trip. I'm a planner. So,
we I had it all planned out. One thing I forgot to plan for was the dreaded on set of aunt flo. You see, my body is a planner too. It is like clock work. So days before we were leaving, she hadn't shown up. My heart started to race. I knew. I just knew. So what did I do? I took a test, and I called my sister and mom summons them over. As soon as they got there, he knew something was up. We ran to the bathroom, and well...you know, I peed! POSITIVE! I ran out and told my hubs. He didn't believe me. He said, "but we're going on vacation finally. It's all-inclusive." He was truly in shock. Once he realized he could still enjoy some Corona and drinks with little umbrellas in them, he was cool. Then, I think it really started to sink in for him. We talked about what it was going to be like. He already had a son that was now 12, and now a new baby on the way. It felt like our plan was coming together.
There is one thing I could not plan for though...how much I loved her, instantly. From the time I found out we were pregnant, to the first time we heard that little heart beat, to the first sonograms to the next one, to the first time I felt her move, and until the day I finally laid eyes on our beautiful baby girl. I still have that first glimpse of her etched in my mind. I think of that moment often. It was like time stood still for that very moment we had planned for. I am so thankful.
I recently ran across the email I sent out with pictures of her, and announcing that we were home.
Well- Ryan is finally here. She was born on Sept. 7, 2006. She weighed 7.4 oz. and was 19 inches long. We finally were able to come home on Sept. 11. We had to stay a couple of extra days because she was a little jondice, and was having trouble with gagging which led to choking. So after phototherpy, an upper GI scan, and many labs results later she was given the okay to go home. She is a beautiful and healthy baby girl. I can't wait for all of you to meet her. You'll fall in love instantly!! (I know we did!)
Kari, Jason, Drew, and Ryan
This brought an enormous smile to my face because along with it, I have the responses. It reminds me of how blessed we are. The last 6 years (and 9 months) have been the best years of my life, and I could not have asked for anything more.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY RYAN!!!
Here's a few of my favorite pictures from the last 6 years.
DID YOU REALLY EXPECT ME TO PICK JUST ONE?
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY BABY GIRL!
I LOOK FORWARD TO MANY MORE ADVENTURES WITH YOU.