Eight Years

Eight years ago, I became a mother.

Abriana Gabrielle was born on a Saturday, nine long days after her due date.  (God bless the person who invented Pitocin.) She  had enormous cheeks, jet-black hair, and little squinty blue eyes.  She weighed 9 pounds.

(I’ll never forget hearing the nurse say, “Eight-sixteen.  Wait…isn’t that nine pounds?”  Yes. Yes, it is.)

A couple hours after she was born, a nurse rushed into my room with release papers for me to sign, saying that Abby’s blood sugar wasn’t right, she needed to go to the NICU right away.  It was confusing and scary.  No one wants to see their newborn with a tube down her nose, with wires attached to her head and chest.  No mother wants to leave the hospital without her child.  But I did.  How’s that for an introduction to parenting? My Abby spent 5 days in the NICU, by far the largest baby there.

In the NICU, a few days old

On Thursday she finally came home, and she’s been the picture of health ever since.  Here she is at 5 days old:

See where they had to shave that bit above her ear? And oh, my, those cheeks!

We didn’t have a digital camera when she turned one.  So all the pictures of that momentous occasion are actual prints, located somewhere in our shed.  Trust me, they’re super cute.

Without further commentary, I give you…Abby through the years. Enjoy.

Turning 2:

Turning 3:

Homemade cake at Grandma Song's house

Turning 4:

Turning 5:

Princess party

Turning 6:

Turning 7 (no more baby face):

Turning 8:

Happy Birthday to my first-born, my big girl, my brilliant and talented Abby. You can’t imagine how much I love you.

About waymel

Navy wife. Homeschooling mom. Adoptive parent. Pianist. Introvert. One who loves quiet and beauty.
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6 Responses to Eight Years

  1. Joy says:

    So beautiful! Happy birthday, Abby!!!!

  2. loveandkate says:

    This is so sweet! LOVE!!

  3. shirley wilmoth says:

    got me crying…..let’s see if I can type. This is beautiful and she is beautiful. Happy Birthday to our sweet big girl.

  4. Robyn says:

    So beautiful, so smart and so sweet… and growing up so fast. Love you tons Ab! Happy Happy Birthday!!

  5. Wayne says:

    Happy Birthday big girl!

  6. Rebecca says:

    It was so fun to look at all those pictures and see how she has grown and changed. . . and stayed the same, too. Very nice.

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