Thursday, February 2, 2012

Happy Birthday to my "baby"

A few weeks ago our youngest child had her 8th birthday.  Eight!  It's just not possible.  In my head, it was just yesterday that she was padding around in footed jammies and crawling into bed with me for a pre-breakfast cuddle.  She still does that some days, but it's getting to be less and less often.  I know this is normal, I know this is right, but it still makes me a little nostalgic for the baby days. 

 I  do think I enjoyed her babyhood the most out of all three of my kids.  With my first child I was nervous and paranoid about EVERYTHING.  You know, the whole sterilize the pacifier and the entire house type.   With my second, I was more relaxed and took more time to recognize and appreciate the special moments, but with a toddler and a baby I was simply exhausted.  With Erin, while still exhausted, I took time to cherish those 3 am feedings when our whole world was silent and it was just me and her and I could smell her sweet hair and just listen to her breathe.

I love looking through old pictures and remembering fondly all the sweet moments we've shared.  I also remember her sneakiness, like when she'd sneak snacks and hide the wrappers in the shower.  Do they think we'll not realize who left the trash there?  LOL  I do feel guilt though.....our first has 3 photo albums to flip through, our second has 1 or 2 photo albums and Erin has none.  WHAT?!?!  All of her pictures seem to be in digital format.  My goal for this year is to get some of those precious photos into an album that she can hold and be proud of.  So in honor of her birthday and her usually having to share any photo ops with her siblings I'm posting some of my favorite JUST Erin pics.

the famous boo-boo lip

napping at a lake in MN

one of my favorite pics ever!

at the San Antonio Zoo

before Pre-K

pouting after a haircut

taking a break from playing

at the Harry Potter party at the local library

Happy 8th Birthday Erin!

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