Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The Big 4...

Four.  Four?!?!?  I can't believe my baby girl is turning 4. 

Yesterday in the yard

Every year on this day, I take a minute and reflect on her dramatic birth and the 7 weeks that followed in the NICU.  Each year, those memories seem to get a little fuzzier and fade further and further away, but the morning of her birth will always stick with me.  The worry.  The panic that my baby was being born 10+ weeks too early.  Praying that they weren't going to have to knock me out during the C-section surgery (and pulling Nick aside to make sure he knew how to properly spell G-E-O-R-G-I-A in case they did and I wasn't conscious for that!!).  How tiny she was when they took her out of my belly - how flat her head was, how blue her eyes were, and how much blonde hair covered not just her head, but her entire body.  Her tiny little ears that weren't quite open all the way yet and how she sounded like a kitten when she cried.  Then her transfer to CNMC and her surgery just a few short days later.  Waiting for her to poop... the whole world waited for this kid to poop!!  Bringing her home in June.  All of those memories are permanently etched into my being.

Yet, here where are 4 years later and the little dynamo that was once nicknamed "Ninja" by the NICU staff is happy, healthy, and a total firecracker.  She's still 100% passionate about anything and everything.  I was in a meeting this week and someone described a student as having "big feelings" and I think that describes Georgia perfectly.  She has BIG FEELINGS - happy, sad, angry, excited, etc.  I'm hoping that 4 brings an end to her three-nager days, but I have a feeling that her personality is quite well set at this point and what we are seeing is not a reflection of her age, but of who she truly is and will continue to become. 

Angel bear... sticking with us since day #1!

She's a leader.  She's a good and loyal friend.  She loves with all of her heart.  She loves the playground and is finally conquering her fear of climbing.  She gets frustrated and pouts when she is scared or doesn't get her way.  She's a fast runner and I can't believe she ever received physical therapy as an infant/toddler.  She still loves her cocoa loco bars and would eat them for every meal if we let her.  She asks "What's next?" after she finishes any task.  She loves to play dress-up and look at herself in the mirror.  Her favorite shows are "Paw Patrol" and "Octonauts."  She loves movie night and a bowl of popcorn.  She loves to go out to lunch or out to dinner to socialize.  Mimi is still her favorite person.  She loves school and is so proud to be able to write her name and a few other words.  Our favorite phrase is "What'd you said?" when she didn't quite hear what you said to her/asked her.  She still loves her bedtime cuddle time with her Daddy every night.  She sleeps with 10,979 stuffed animals, yet she knows instantly if one is missing.  She still licks her blanket when she's sleepy.  She loves the iPad and is better at scrolling through Netflix than most adults I know.  Her favorite color is purple.  She takes after her Mom and instantly takes off her socks once she gets into the house after school.  She's a great helper - watering the plants and feeding KC.  She loves any shoes that blink/flash.  She loves to bake/cook with us in the kitchen.  She loves watermelon.  She loves the pool, the sprinkler, the water table, and anything else having to do with water.  She loves ballet, but especially the outfit!  She loves making snow angels.  She believes that dessert after dinner every night is essential.  She adores her cousins.  She could do somersaults all day long.  She talks non-stop about picking apples... all year long.  She loves to grocery shop and push the mini cart around putting items inside.  She loves to watch videos of herself.  She loves pancakes and waffles.  She can talk from sun-up till sun-down.  Almost every other sentence starts with "Hey Momma" or "Hey Dadddy."   She still tells me that she wants to be a teacher when she grows up.  Giraffes are her favorite animal or a polar bear - it depends on the day!

I'm so grateful for every day with her because it's certainly never boring!

Happy 4th our little peach...

I'll recap later in the week all the happenings from the birthday week!

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