I’m not sure how it happened… or when… but my baby girl is turning three today. In the last few months she’s been evolving from toddler girl to BIG girl, and we are trying to keep up!
Over the weekend, we kept talking about lasts… “this is the last Saturday you’ll be a two year old”…. “this is the last time you’ll go to the Museum as a two year old”…. “this is the last time you’ll go to church as a two year old”. (Yes, her dad and I are slightly sentimental.)
When I was a girl, I always expected that I’d have a girl FIRST… and then a boy… and be done. Life didn’t turn out that way. I adopted my first child (a boy), and because of health issues, I didn’t expect to have any more. But, God’s plans for me included THREE children, and I was able to have one more boy… and my baby girl.
Even though I talk (and write) a lot, I can’t ever put into words what this girl really means to me. (You know I’m going to try, right? Here goes!)
Martha Maysielen is my “mini-me”, an almost mirror-reflection of the me that was. She grins at me and it takes my breath away because she looks JUST LIKE the pictures of me at her age. (Except I think she is even cuter, especially when she has her hair in two pig-tails.)
Temperamentally, she is very much like me too. My mother used to say that from the time I came out of the womb I wanted to be bigger and older than I was. I would get frustrated, even as a baby, because I couldn’t do something I wanted to do. I always kind of laughed when mom said it… but then I met my Martha. Turns out… she’s exactly the same way. She threw screaming fits when she wanted to roll over but couldn’t. Crawling made her mad as could be, because she wasn’t running with her big brothers. Yes, she is my daughter, thru and thru.
Thankfully, she has a bit of her Daddy in her too. It’s an interesting mix… Mommy’s Type A personality with Daddy’s laid back, “what are clocks for again” personality. Unfortunately for Martha, she got stubborn-ness from BOTH of us, so we’ll be working on that trait over the next few several years.
I love that she is the youngest… and has two big brothers to look up to. She is just as comfortable with trucks and dinosaurs and tools as she is with baby dolls and stuffed animals. (She often “rocks” the trucks LIKE a baby.) She is tough and determined and not knocked down easily. And when she IS knocked down (she has two big brothers, after all), she gets right back up again. She is the easiest to re-direct of the three (so far), and is also the most exasperating.
I just love my sweet, tough, stubborn, fiesty, talkative, expressive, beautiful girl.
Can you tell?
A couple of weeks ago, I pulled a couple of scrapbooks out of a box that hadn’t been unpacked yet (you know, because we’ve only been in our house for almost 3 years now!!). One book was Samuel’s (his first 3 years) and the other was Allan’s (his first year). Martha looked around after we finished looking at them both and wondered aloud (and annoyed) where HER book was. OOPS! Mommy needs to finish it, sweetie! Every day since, she has asked me where HER book is. I think I have some digi-scrappin’ to do!
There are a few layouts done with her photos and story… I just checked, and I have most of her first year done, so I’m only about a year behind! I’m going to post a few of those “first year” layouts below, just for her. (She likes to see herself on my computer, and I’ll show her this post when she wakes up.)
(And maybe I’ll be in LESS trouble about the “book”, if she sees these.)
Happy Birthday, Princess!
(And Mommy will get busy right away on all the second year layouts for your book… I promise!!)