She Turns 5!!

Why is 5 such a hard age on a momma!?  *cue the tears

Five years ago this very night I was getting ready to go to bed the last time as a momma of one baby! I was going to meet my 2nd baby girl after a LONG anticipated wait in the hospital.  I had spent 14 days in the hospital waiting for this girl to make her entrance and she was going to.  After a dose of Ambien, I was out and slept the night away to get up SUPER early for the 5:30 am induction.

With Rachel in the hospital waiting to have Lauren

My labor was uneventful.  I got my epidural early and I was not in much pain at all.  I started pushing and after about an hour and a half, that VERY LARGE baby girl entered the world in all her glory!  We have never been the same since! :)  I got to hold her immediately and it was awesome...something I did not get to experience with Rachel's birth.  My first question was, "What does this baby weigh?"  She looked gigantic to me!!  She was 9 lbs, 9 oz and was 21 1/2 inches long!!  That's pretty big for a 37.5 week gestation baby! :)  She was beautiful...chubby cheeks and dark hair.  I loved her instantly!!!  
Brand New!

Lauren Elizabeth.  

5 months

What joy you bring to our lives.  You were high maintenance from the start and that really hasn't changed and you never cease to surprise me!  You are a momma's girl but tell me that you now want Daddy to be your buddy.  :)  If I would let you get away with it, you would not do anything by yourself.  I jokingly say that you will be calling me when you are 30 to brush your hair, tie your shoes, and pick out your clothes!  You beat to your own drum, that's for sure.  One of your favorite things is to wear mix-matched socks.  When I tell you we need to practice writing your name and your letters, you tell me, "Nah, it's okay, someone else can write them for me."  You are very expressive in your speech and with your facial expressions.  And...YOU ARE HILARIOUS!!!!!  You keep me and all of your teachers at school laughing so hard and you NEVER know what will come out of your mouth....that is not always a good thing, by the way! :)  

Age 2

You love.....BABIES...fake or real...doesn't matter but you always have a baby in your bed and usually in your arms (okay, those are usually fake).  You also love chicken nugget lunchables, Chick Fil A, donut holes, pigs in a blanket, chocolate milk and icing from a cupcake and/or cake (no, not the cake, just the icing).  

Age 3

You like your sisters...most days.  You are sweet but you DO NOT like kisses.  You say that it's gross.  You always want someone to tuck you in and unfortunately you have reoccurring dreams about foxes.  :(

Lauren holding her baby sister for the first time

Lauren and her best friend, sister Rachel

Lauren, you light up my world and your daddy and I love you very much!!!  You are the middle baby girl and we would not trade you for anything.  Stay yourself because you are awesome!!!  



Lainey-Paney said…
Oh my goodness, FIVE!
That's a whole hand old, as Gage used to say...

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