Thursday, July 5, 2007

Happy Birthday, Mackenna Rose!

Today is the second birthday of my sweet baby girl, Mackenna. Since we are leaving for our trip today, we did all the celebrating on the 4th of July. It worked out really well since the day was special anyway with Daddy being home, a fun ward breakfast to attend and, of course, fireworks as a finale.

For her birthday Kenna got a new baby doll, doll cradle and baby bottles. She was thrilled when she came down the steps and saw her gifts in the living room. She immediately went into "mommy mode" and fed her baby before putting her to bed.

For dinner we had Daddy's traditional KFC for the fourth but finished it off with some yummy birthday cake. Mackenna loves everything fish so I put a fish on her cake. As she opened her Dora the Explorer magnetic paper doll kit from Miss Tracy, she exclaimed, "Wow! This is cool!" It was rather adorable to hear that coming from a two-year old.

During the fireworks, I couldn't help but think back two years to when I was 41+1 weeks pregnant with Mackenna and watching the same display. I remember how I started taking caullophylum in the car on my way home from the fireworks because I was ready to have my baby. I thought she'd never come! Little did I know that she was just waiting for her own birthday; she didn't want to share with the nation. My water breaking woke me up when my bedroom clock said 1:00 a.m. I woke up Michael and my mom, called my friend Stacey to come watch the other three and was off to the hospital. Of course, by the time I got to the hospital I didn't think I could walk. My sweet mom pushed me in a wheelchair to the L&D unit where I couldn't even take off my own clothes to get the hospital gown on. Thank goodness for moms and nurses. When the doctor on the floor got in the room, I pushed a couple of times and delivered Mackenna. They put my sweet little princess on my chest and I looked up at the clock. It was 1:28 a.m. I know there are skeptics who think I am making this up, but I've got witnesses! My longest pregnancy yielded my fastest labor.

To this day I think Mackenna would rather be inside me than out, especially when I am making dinner and she is trying to stand between my legs (it's like she is trying to re-enter the womb, I swear!). She is very much a momma's girl. I'll be glad if she always loves me even just a portion of how much she adores me now. I am all too aware of how quickly my baby will grow up and pray she and I will always be close.

To preserve a little of what's left of your baby self, Mackenna Rose, I hope to always remember how

*You just recently started putting the "s" sound on the beginning of blended-sound words like "stop" and "sparkle." Until a couple of weeks ago, you wore "parkle shoes"--I already miss that.

*You love to eat watermelon, corn on the cob, and yogurt.

*Your drink of choice, hands down, is chocolate milk.

*You love to play with baby dolls--way more that either of your sisters ever did.

*You prefer to "read" books to yourself before naptime.

*You are all about shoes! Recently, I found you a pair of flip flops and you won't even let me take them off you to sleep! You enjoy your shoes that much.

*You honestly try to swim in the pool--laying flat and putting your face in the water and everything. You come up looking genuinely confused that you can't figure out how not to sink.

*You say, "Mommy, hold you me" at least 25 times a day.

*You love your brother and sisters and ask them if they love you. "Buddy, you love Kenna?"

*You say Teensy is your best friend.

*You love to draw but are my naughtiest at drawing on nonpaper items like legs and walls.

*You are crazy about all things fish. I have no idea where this came from.

*You like to watch Signing Time and Baby Songs.


Clint said...

I love this post and I'm so glad that
caullophylum started working! Mackenna is a riot - as so are you!!

Sally said...

We also love Signing Time! My Anna is the best at remembering them and signing to me. I'm glad to know a fellow fan. I was also due on the Fourth of July with Anna, and was quite cross that day, with it being the hottest 4th ever around here. She didn't come until the 11th. I tried black cohosh to get my little Jacko out, and it worked like a charm. It was just vile. It tasted like bitter bitter Listerine. I probably got a bit drunk....but he was born the next day! Amazing birth story from you! 28 minutes?! We couldn't even get to a hospital that quickly. I assume no drugs for you on that one?

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