First Baby’s 4th Birthday

I once knew someone who, when talking about her daughter’s birthdays and birthday parties, would proudly say it was “my day too.”  That always irritated me at the time, and I still think it’s a ridiculous thing to say, but now I understand why she would say such a thing.

The days that my children were born were monumental days in my life.  I understand why a mother would feel ownership over her children’s birthdays, especially their first child’s birthdays.  My own firstborn gave me such a hard time coming out that I’ll never forget the pain and the fear and the blessed relief when it was all over.  But even so, I can’t claim that it’s my day.  Isn’t that one of the ultimate lessons of parenthood? This is not about me.

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How embarrassing is this picture??? That was one of the most difficult days of my life and now, each year, it is the most joyful day of my life.

Today is Sara Kate’s 4th birthday.  It seems like such a big number, but I know I’ll blink and she’ll be 10.  I feel so grateful and humbled that she’s our little girl.  April 6th (and 5th) 4 years ago was one of the most difficult days of my life, but I’d do it again gladly.  She is so worth it.  IMG_5531

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