Today the Princess turns nine! How quickly the time has flown by. Doesn't every mom say that?
When I found out I was pregnant with her, I was scared. See, Mr. Lego was only eight months old at the time. The first two months of his life were spent in the hospital since he was a preemie. It was a tough experience, I have to say, and one I didn't want to repeat. And I was scared to death she'd be premature, too.
My OB was determined I'd carry this baby to term. I was monitored much more closely and when I started having contractions at 27 weeks, she put me on bedrest. That was fun, having a 15-month old just starting to get into things and me unable to do anything around the house. But if she had told me to stand on my head for the next 13 weeks, I would have. Charles had to do everything, even shop for groceries. That was an eye opener for him!
Thank the Lord, the last weeks of my pregnancy were complication free, and the Princess was delivered by c-section on the morning of July 8, 2002. Earlier that morning my sister-in-law in South Carolina had given birth to my niece, so the Princess shares a birthday with her cousin. They have a pretty strong bond, those girls. (Then two years later sis-in-law gave birth to another daughter on July 8, so we have three sweet girls who share a birthday in this family. Awesome, huh?)
The Princess weighed 9 lb. 2 oz. Compare that to Mr. Lego, whose birth weight was 3 lb 7 oz. I couldn't believe the size difference! Just a little family trivia - of my parents' 11 grandchildren, I gave birth the smallest and the biggest.
Then it was time to go home from the hospital, they let us take her home with us! We didn't get the 2-month-layaway plan we'd had with Mr. Lego. I think we giggled the whole way home. All the first time parent things we had missed with her brother we got to do with the Princess. It was a balm of healing for my heart!
Since that day, she has been a source of joy and fun for our family. I eagerly look forward to her future, to see what God has for her to do. I'm humbled that I get to be a part of molding and shaping her life for His purpose.
Happy Birthday, my sweet Princess! I love you!