Dear Hailey,

It seems like we were just celebrating your 3rd birthday not too long ago, but another year has already gone by and you are now 4.

Every time I looked at the clock today I was remembering exactly what I was doing 4 years ago.  Actually it started yesterday.  I woke up early in the morning on October 6, 2006- I needed to make my hourly trip to the bathroom.  I went to the bathroom and when I stood up there was still a small trickle.  Was I wetting on myself?  Possible, since I was 9 months pregnant.  But not the case- my water had broken.  So I did what any sane person would do.  I started cleaning the house- dusting and vacuuming.  You were 3 weeks early and I wasn’t exactly ready and the house needed to be cleaned.  Then I took a shower because I didn’t know when they would let me take another shower at the hospital. After all of that was taken care of we went to the hospital.  You were born a short 32 hours later on October 7 at 1:34pm so I really did have plenty of time.

It really doesn’t seem possible that 4 years have passed and you are no longer a baby.  When I see other kids who are your age I think they seem so grown up.  When I see you I still see a little toddler with chubby cheeks and fat little arm rolls.  But then I realize that you have gotten very tall, you have slimmed down and you are just as grown up as those other 4 year olds.  As you told me, “I’m fouw (4) now. I’m not a little kid anymore.”

You are so independent.  When it’s time to get ready for bed, you run to your room and get your own pajamas on.  It’s nice to be able to tell you to go get dressed and you do it all by yourself.  You’re pretty particular about what you wear. Every night we have to plan out your outfit for the next day and you pick everything out, right down to your underwear and the bows for your hair.  You want to go to the bathroom all by yourself.  If someone comes in the bathroom you make sure they know they need to leave.  When did that happen?

You love all things girly- you like dolls and princesses.  You love pink and always want your nails painted. You want to wear your jewelry and you love dressing up in princess dresses.  You prefer to wear dresses and skirts and you love to walk around with my dress shoes on.

You love to cuddle, but only on your terms.  Sometimes you just need your space and you don’t want to be hugged or cuddled.  But when you go to bed at night, we lay together and read books and you tell me, “Cuddle with me mom.  Hold me tight.”  You and Daddy have a special little game you play called snuggle hugs.  Every night you ask him for a snuggle hug.  He has to pretend he can’t find your tummy and he looks for it all over- in your mouth, up your nose, everywhere.  And the whole time you just giggle and giggle.  Then when he finds your tummy he rubs his head on your tummy and tickles you and you laugh so hard.  I love hearing you laugh- it’s the best sound in the world!

You have blessed our lives more than we could have even imagined.  Our days are happier and full of laughter.  I never would have thought it was possible on that day you were born, but four years later I love you even more than I did then.

I love you Little Miss!!  Happy 4th Birthday!



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One comment on “Dear Hailey,

  1. Happy 4th Birthday, Hailey!

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