Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Given Grace



Happy fourth Birthday Grace Louise.

I remember taking all those pregnancy tests to make sure. You were the healing thing. The other two were surprises, and then that one in-between was lost in the guff. We celebrated your conception. You remain the best idea I ever had.



Still, it was hard. I remember the nurses saying "Try to save the fetus if you expel it" when they put me on bed rest that first trimester. And how I pushed myself against the headboard and said "I'm not ready."I wasn't ready to give up on you.



But then, everything was okay. I gained fifty pounds. (Your sisters only put 20 each on my small frame) and you were the smallest at six pounds. Six pounds? How? Where did the other 44 go? (Did you just say "Your butt." ? That is NOT nice Grace.)



Today you're that very same tenacious spirit. You're stubborn and demanding. You're defiant and deliberate. And you're damn funny. You remind me of someone I'm just getting to know.



Hey, last baby. Thanks.



*This morning she woke up in my arms (because that's where she wants to sleep) and I said "Happy Birthday!" and she said "STOP IT."*

22 comments:

  1. Small miracles that engulf your life with huge love, smiles and hugs. I know about those! Happy birthday to both of you!

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  2. Aw, I have a four year old who sleeps in my arms every night. My friends think I am insane for letting him into my bed, but I think there is nothing more precious than snuggling up with his little warm body! Glad I am not the only one :)

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  3. Say a Happy Birthday from down south...they grow up waaayyyy tooooo fast...

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  4. Happy Birthday!! Thanks for the smiles.

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  5. How precious is she.And these photos. Oh, Suzanne, you are so blessed.
    Karen

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  6. Oh, boy, is her spirit right there in her eyes, the way she strides toward the ocean. Well done, Suzy, and, sorry for the fuss, Grace, but Happy Birthday!

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  7. Happy Birthday, Grace! LOL Great pictures, beautiful tribute. :0)

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  8. Happy Birthday to Grace! I hope you guys have a great day :D Enjoy!

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  9. What a cutie! Happiest of birthdays, Grace!

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  10. Happy birthday to Grace! She's adorable.

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  11. There is nothing like waking up with one of your darlings in your arms! Happy birthday, Grace. :-)

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  12. Beautiful name, beautiful face. Happy birthday big girl!

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  13. Happy Birthday Grace. Beautiful name for a beautiful little girl.

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  14. a miracle and miraculous. Happy Birthday, Grace!

    And the more I learn of you, Suzanne, the more I love you.

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  15. May your life always be filled with "Grace".

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  16. Oh, happy birthday! They all do come into the world themselves, right?

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  17. What a lovely birthday post. I'm all teary. Happy birthday Grace.

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  18. Ah, Khronia Polla (Happy Years) from Cyprus, Grace.

    A beautiful post.

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  19. HA! Love her love her LOVE HER!!!

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  20. "Try to save the fetus if you expel it." Whoa--there's a line you don't read every day.

    Happy Birthday to your little one!

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  21. Happy birthday, Grace.

    I'm feeling a bit emotional now.

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