Happy Birthday, Grace!
I’ll never forget the day I found out I was pregnant with Grace. It was the surprise of a lifetime that we had proved the fertility Dr’s wrong and that things could work out the old fashioned way.
My pregnancy with Grace was so different than Josie’s, with constant morning sickness ,that I was convinced it would be a boy. She surprised us and we got to be thankful for another wonderful girl and the beautiful bond of sisters.
We thought she would have the same brown eyes that Graham, Josie and I all share: big, round and pure as coffee beans. Grace surprised us with translucent saphire blues that you can spot from a mile away. She shares the blues of my mom, the ones that I begged for blue contact lenses in my adolescence in the attempt to imitate.
I geared myself up for the three month mark to sleep train Gracie but she surprised us at eight weeks and slept right on through the night. I was used to the soft pace of Josie and everyone has told me that “girls as so easy. boys are so active” Grace constantly moved in my womb and she hasn’t stopped since.
I thought there was no way a crawling baby in a sleep sack could manage to get out of her crib but she surprised us with a loud thump, a little cry and then happy crawling around her room as she celebrated her freedom.
I thought that little ones usually walk after their first birthday but Gracie took her first bold steps at eleven months. I thought that rocking chairs were meant to be sat on but Grace will find a way to crawl up them, stand on the seat and rock back and forth as though she is surfing a massive wave.
I thought her first word would be spoken to me or Graham but it was said to a dog at a park as she sweetly waved and said “hi” clear as day. I thought that Grace would always be the one to follow Josie, and while there is plenty of that, there are still the times when Grace takes the lead and Josie reverts to crawling and follows right behind her sister.
I thought that such an active baby wouldn’t want cuddles but Grace clings to me like a koala bear.
I thought my heart had expanded all that it could as it grew to the moon and back when Josie was born. But, boy was I surprised that my love has only grown two-fold. My life is all the more enriched in ways I didn’t think possible when the bubbly, active, curious, strong, willful, determined, smiley, loving Grace was born one year ago today.
To my special baby, bunkies, Gracie Girl, love love, la la, stinkerbutt, sissy, Grace Katharine, happy happy birthday. I love you so, baby girl, and I wish you a lifetime of continued happiness and exploration. Thanks for all the wonderful surprises, may you keep them coming and may you always keep your mommy and daddy on their toes.
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