Five years ago, right this second, I was holding a tiny brand new baby and wondering how I survived the epidural not kicking in. Looking at this tiny being with a ridiculous amount of hair and hoping I wouldn’t break her.
My baby girl is about the coolest little lady I know. She loves to look at (and pick up) bugs and get dirty, but bath time is about the best time of her day.
She loves Star Wars figures and the 501st Regiment guys, but refuses to watch the movies. (Yoga and Boba Foot are her favorites.) I gave her a bag of shells from Florida, and she acted like I just gave her a bag of diamonds.
She wears tiaras and feather boas to the mall. She loves animals so much that she tried to coax a deer into my friend’s house today because she wanted a new pet.
She wants to be a veterinarian, but more specifically, a “dolphin doctor”. And that’s only because she can’t be a mermaid, though it’s only a matter of time before she finds out about the lady in Hawaii who has figured out how to be a mermaid.
She loves Google and Siri and is never more delighted than when there is a YouTube video to answer her question. We spent an hour watching videos about baby snakes one day, and then she tried to catch the one under our porch to rescue him and make him have babies.
“Healthy food” and “being strong” are her suggestions for everyone to get over being sick. Yoga is “like dancing but slower and kind of like praying too.” We saw a lady with a “ree-dic-lee-us” (ridiculous) hat on. This girl, taking after her momma, will talk your ear off about absolutely anything at all, but mostly the myriad pets she has or wants to have.
Every time she sees the words “stop”, “exit”, “fire” or “pizza” (four words she most definitely can read), she tells them out with great vigor and panache and volume. Makes driving down the freeway very exciting.
Chuck, you are five today and you cannot read this quite yet. I hope one day you do, and you know how much your brother and I love you and how much light you bring into every single person’s life that you touch.
You are one of the two best things I’ve ever done in my life and no matter what, I hope you always remember that.
Happy birthday, sweet girl. I cannot wait to celebrate with you this weekend. <3