Have y'all missed me? You know Summer Self goes into hiding during the dark, cold months! Although, it has been really nice here in Alabama!
Anyway, 9 years ago today...I remember that the night before I had a huge bacon cheeseburger that Daddy made for me. I remember that I got up at 4:00 a.m. to shower and put on make-up. I remember that I drove a Ford Explorer (which I loved!!!). Most of all I remember that as Daddy pulled off the interstate onto University Boulevard, we had about 7 minutes until we'd arrive at St. Vincent's so I could give birth to our first child. And, as we pulled onto University, I begged him to turn around and take me back home. I. WAS. SCARED!!!!! We had done everything from decorating a room to birthing and breastfeeding classes, but we had no idea what we were getting into and there was no turning back. All I could think of was watermelon through a nostril, and what if I don't get an epidural and I can feel all of this pain!!! Now, today, I remember very little about the pain except that my epidural was wearing off when that precious angel finally entered this world.
Her name is Elizabeth Rae. She is named after my mother (Linda Elizabeth) and Daddy's sister (Sunny, who is in Heaven now watching over her little nieces). Elizabeth after mother and Rae is Sunny's little "Rae" of sunshine. She came out screaming and has never shut up!!! When we brought her home, we had no idea what we were doing, but we figured it out along the way. We still don't know what we're doing, but we figure it out each day. She was a skinny baby and she loved to be rocked to sleep every night while listening to the ocean sounds CD we bought for her. She loved her Pac n' Play and kept all of her toys in there. She said her first words at six months old, no lie, and those words were a sentence! "Bye bye Da Da". She talks incessantly now, and most of the time we listen. Sometimes we have to tune her out. She is the new "Mouth of the South", just like her Mama!!! She learned to run, not walk, when she was 11 months old and hasn't slowed down since!
Elizabeth Rae, or Beebs as we call her, is more precious to me each day. She loves unconditionally; she's smart, she's strong and strong-willed; she can play a mean defense in basketball; she loves her sister, even though she doesn't want anyone to know that. She loves her Daddy and The (stupid) University of Alabama as much as he does. She still loves her rag doll, Felicity, that she got from her Aunt Nonny when she was three months old. She hates homework (who doesn't!), but loves to go to school and loves her 3rd grade teacher and her friends. She loves to help Mrs. Marcum with the special needs kids in her class and loves them unconditionally! She loves our pets and her fish, Ingram. She loves our neighborhood and her 3DS. She doesn't eat much, but she does love Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream, which just so happens to be my favorite. She stands up for her friends and her beliefs. She loves God, our small church and can say The Lord's Prayer like a grown up. She really really loves to sing and put on shows for us. She wants to be the next Internet sensation and has a video on YouTube that's had 19 views:). She is dramatic and loud and full of life! She is ours and we are so blessed to have such a wonderful gift from God!
Happy 9th Birthday sweet Beebs! I love you with all my heart and I am so proud to be your Mommy!!!