How is she 5 already?
I still remember every detail of the day she was born. I went into labor on Sunday night, on the 17th, but because of a joke Martin made about how he was hoping to have her as his birthday present, my body decided to keep me in labor until Wednesday morning. She was born at 12:08am on the 20th of April, his birthday:)
She was my smallest baby at just under 9 lbs, also our only early one. She is also the first of our 4 home-births, and even though her labor and delivery were the longest and most taxing, the serenity and beauty surrounding her birth opened up a whole new incredible world for us. Looking back, becoming a mom to two little ones was far more of an intense change than a mom of three and four and five, but I wouldn't change those days for anything.
Sophia is (and has always been) the biggest snuggler out of all the children, and I'll often be standing at the sink or playing the piano and feel her suddenly beside me, wrapping an arm around my waist or gently taking my hand, laying her head against me. Being the oldest of the middle children, and with such a quiet way about her, I take extra care with her to reward her gentleness and tenderness as often as I can.
I love that she still replaces her 'R's with 'W's, though it fades more and more every day.
I love that she puts her tiny warm hands on my cheeks whenever I ask for a kiss goodnight.
I love that she is full-on tomboy one minute, climbing the fruit trees and racing through the pasture, and then full-on princess the next, practicing her curtsy with Ellie, and straightening her crown in the mirror.
I love her frequent requests to be tickled and chased and, and when she hands me a brush out of the blue to smooth the knots out of her hair.
I love seeing her happiness sparkle in her eyes, and how much she loves.
Thank you Soph, for teaching me so many lessons that only you could.
Happy Birthday to you little sweetheart!
- Love mama