My niece Maddie turned nine today! Happy Birthday sweet girl. I may not see you often enough, or send birthday gifts on time, but I love you still the same. I can remember the days surrounding your birth like it was yesterday. Here are some of my memories:
- Getting called early one Sunday morning (almost 2 weeks before you were born) from your mom thinking she was in labor. I got so excited that I hopped in the shower and forgot to rinse the conditioner out of my hair – not a pretty hair day. I spent the day at your mom and dad’s house and finally in the late evening, we headed to the hospital – practically needing a Uhaul to get us there! Your mom had so much stuff with her – framed pictures of Shiloh, a radio, and much more that I can’t even remember. Needless to say, you were not born that night and I can remember us laughing hysterically in the car thinking of all the stuff we had loaded into the car FOR NO REASON! Your mom was so depressed, we had to stop at Wendy’s on the way home for a “light snack.”
- Working in my classroom on the last day of school, and getting word that you were on your way – this time for real! I headed straight for the hospital.
- Watching in horror as your mom bravely tried to handle the pain, then almost passing out when I witnessed her getting the epidural shot. THAT scarred me for life – 4 kids of my own, and I cried every time I got that shot!
- Holding the video camera for hours, thinking that you were going to arrive any minute.
- Hearing the words, “It’s a girl!” and feeling shocked and greatly pleased. The minute I saw you, I knew I had to have a little girl too.
- Returning home at 3 in the morning, only to wake up bright and early so that I could go baby girl shopping at BabyGap. I picked out the prettiest, girliest dress I could find. I had the time of my life!
- Watching you grow your first year of life, when we had the privilege of living down the street from you – I knew every new milestone you made, sang you a special song about your poppy to put you to sleep, and even tried to take you from your mommy the first time you got hurt – I thought you were mine! It broke my heart to say goodbye to you when you moved to South Carolina. Thankfully, God blessed me with my own little girl a few months later – and you were there to meet her!
I hope you had a great day! We love you. I will see you at the beach in 2 weeks. Hey, and no telling anymore of my kids that there are sharks in the ocean – Elli wouldn’t put a toe in for 2 years after that :)!!!
Love, Aunt Heidi