To most people she’s Lil or Lily. Henry has called her Dee Dee since he started talking. (Though she’s had numerous nicknames over the years: Lily Pad, Silly Lily, Lily Goat, La La).
To me she’s Lulu.
She’s My Sweet Girl. And she’s turning 8.
Though I love My Sweet Girl every day, I’m especially loving her on this Monday. She has reminded me that she doesn’t officially turn 8 until tonight at 7:13, though.
She made me a mama. And she was such an easy baby. I had no idea how easy she was until I had another one. But she has been such a fun kid to raise.
She’s silly and creative. She’s constantly making things. She will literally take things I’ve thrown away to create something for one of her dolls. This girl can upcycle!
She has always marched to the beat of her own drum. She wants to be a mom and have 10 kids. (I’m pretty sure she could take over for me and help Andy raise Henry if anything ever happened to me!) She has a better vocabulary than some adults I know. She always, always has some idea or something up her sleeve. She has a great imagination. She’s a little quirky.
Here’s the thing. I just like being around my girl. She’s fun to be with. And we are together a lot!! (3rd year Homeschoolers) What I love most about Lil is how she loves the people around her. She has a very sensitive heart. She’s compassionate towards others and has a tender heart towards the things of God.
She’s also a pretty sweet dancer.
A month before I was due I went in for a check up and my doctor said, “You are not dilated at all. It’s looks like you will go to your due date.” The next morning at 5:30 my water broke. I never dilated past 5 centimeters. I ended up having an emergency C-section. She was 5 pounds, 3 ounces when she was born with the roundest little head. She was 4 pounds, 11 ounces when we took her home. (Why they let us take home something so small, I’ll never know.) We didn’t know what to do with this tiny little thing that wouldn’t stay awake for feedings. We learned, she ate and didn’t stay tiny for long. She taught us a lot about being parents and what is was to love someone more than yourself.
The Hubs and I say that she looks just like him (mini- Andy) and she acts just like me.
I just feel so lucky to be her mom.
Today we will celebrate her. Her and I will go to all her favorite places- Joanne’s (She wants to buy fabric.), Sunnyside Cottage and Target. She then wants to play football with her dad. Tonight we will go to her favorite restaurant, Applebee’s, with family. She will order her favorite food, steak.
The Hubs and I will wonder how the heck we got to eight so fast and my heart will panic a bit because I know the next eight years will go by faster than the first eight. I will tuck her in tonight and think about my silly little wish to have a blonde-haired, blue-eyed child. It wouldn’t have mattered what she looked like; but God chose to give me exactly what I wished for and so much more.
Happy Birthday, My Sweet Girl, Lily!
You are my Sunshine, my only Sunshine. You make me happy when skies are gray. I hope you know dear, how much I love you. Please don’t take my Sunshine away!