Oh. My. Word! Three years!!! I cannot believe it. It has been three years since my little baby girl was born. This time 3 years ago I was in the hospital, getting cytotec, getting ready to have my baby the next day. I was a bundle of nerves after being in the hospital for a week, I was finally having my first born daughter. I remember it like it was yesterday.
You never gave me a day of morning sickness...but you made up for that at the end of my pregnancy! Labor was long and horrible but the end was amazing!! You were early but still big! I was nervous because I didn't have that immediate "I loved you from the first time I saw you" response but the first time I held you and kissed you, you were mine!! I could have kissed you for forever...but they wouldn't let me. They took you to the NICU and you stayed there. I went home from the hospital but you had to stay. ABSOLUTELY THE. HARDEST. DAY. OF. MY. LIFE!!! But that didn't last long! You came home the next day! You were as orange as a pumpkin but I wanted you to come home. You did. Two days later we were both back in the hospital. Mommy was sick...bad sick! You were just a little too yellow and needed your very own personal tanning bed but I didn't get to see you for 2 whole days and I was sad. You got to spend a night with Daddy all by yourself at home while I stayed in the hospital. I made it home just in time for Thanksgiving. The best Thanksgiving ever...I had you!!!
The first year was so much fun!! You learned so many things and changed so much! That first year was amazing! I loved every minute of it...well, maybe not the sleepless nights at home but that didn't last too long.
The twos...yeah, those have been hard!! You are SO stubborn! You are incredibly independent which has its advantages and disadvantages. I love you more and more each day. I love the way you love your sister. My heart melts when you rub my face and tell me how much you love me. I enjoy watching the little "wheels" turn inside your head. I love it when you want me to lay in bed with you but get so frustrated after I do and you are screaming for me to stay longer. I love that you are a comedian. I love your chubby cheeks that are still there even after most of your baby fat is gone. One of my favorite things is when you sing "our song" that I have been singing to you since you were born. I love early morning cuddles. The point, is, my sweet baby girl, I LOVE YOU!!! ALL OF YOU!! Even the "not-so-good" things because it is you! You are not perfect and I am okay with that...that certainly means you are my child! =) You are beautiful and my prayer is that you will grow up to be happy, healthy and most important, a God-fearing young lady who knows Jesus as her Savior. You have been a blessing to me for 3 years and I want you to always know that you will always be my baby girl!!! I love you, Rachel Mackenzie!