Five years ago I woke up to an unsure feeling. What was going on? Is this what Braxton Hicks feel like? I continued on to work, asking friends what labor felt like. I called a nurse who assured me it was likely Braxton Hicks. The pain continued throughout the day and eight hours later, I was in full on later, praying this precious, little peanut was coming soon. [full birth story]
Henley Nicole entered this world after an hour of pushing at 7 lbs. 11 ounces and 21 inches long. She was chunky and perfect. After our golden hour with her, the nurses came in to bath and dress her. She was crying hysterically so Daddy went over, touched her arm and started talking to her. She immediately fell asleep midway through getting dressed. He still has this affect on her today.
Since that day, I have been a mom to a spunky, sweet little girl. A little girl that knows exactly what she wants and doesn't change for anyone. A little girl that is so sweet and caring, genuinely nice to everyone she meets. I'm so lucky to be her mom and I feel blessed every day that I get to call her mine.
It's so funny watching your kids grow up. We are so proud and impressed by how much they change and grow. We encourage them to talk, crawl, and walk, to learn their ABC's and start counting but the minute those days turn into years, we get immediately sad. Where has the time gone. Sure I have a fully functioning kid now but didn't I give birth like yesterday.
Happy Birthday Henley. Thank you for the last five years. Thanks for making me a proud mama. Thanks for FINALLY sleeping through the night after a short four and a half years.