Tuesday, August 4, 2009

96 divided by 12 -- you do the math

Dearest ChellBell,

96 months ago today, I was sitting in a hospital bed listening to your heartbeat in a monitor, wondering if you would ever decide to actually come out and join us. I spent a lot of time that day wondering how different our lives would be with a baby around. I wondered if I would ever get a good night's rest again. I wondered what you would look like and how long it would take for you to know that I was your Mom, that I was the one who had carried you for the past 9 months.

But I never thought about you at Eight. I guess I was so wrapped up in when you would get teeth, that I never thought about you losing them. Or getting an allowance. Or going off to camp by yourself for a week.

But all of a sudden we're here. You're eight today. And I realize at this moment how quickly time has flown. Way faster than I ever dreamed it would.

Lying in that hospital bed with all those questions, I never ever would have guessed that a little 6 pound 4 ounce red-head bundle of baby would be able to take a pretty awesome life and make it perfect. I never would have guessed that you would be able to make me smile as big as you do and make me fall wildly in love with you. I have never been more proud, more crazy, more overwhelmed, more content, more complete than I am as your Mom. You are a sweet daughter and a sweet friend, and for as much as I have taught you over the past 8 years, you have taught me even more.

I love you and can't wait to see what God has planned for you this year.

Happy Birthday, ChellBell.

Love, Mama


  1. Happy Birthday Chell! Wish we could have been there to celebrate but I am so glad that M got to spend the weekend with you! She told me today that your house was much more fun than our house!! Must be that awesome mom you have huh??

    ~Miss Becca

  2. Happy Birthday!

    Hang on Mama, the ride has just begun!

  3. Happy Birthday to your beautiful daughter, and as I was reading your post, I was thinking the same thing that Shawn commented! It will be a roller coaster here on out, but a wonderful one!!!

  4. Your letters to your daughter touch me every time! What a good mama you are.

    Happy Birthday to ChellBell. What a sweet girl.


  5. Happy birthday to your sweet girl.

    I love your monthly notes to her.

  6. awww happy birthday! Such a beauitful post! I love the picture of ChellBell :-) Also I got my awesome bag, towel, waterbottle and pop rocks yesterday. I was having a bad day then the UPS man rang the door bell around 5:30 and totally put a smile on my face. Thanks so much!! I am all set for the beach next month!

  7. I love that picture of her! she is such a cutie and LOVE her red hair...I am biased, as I'm a red head too. Her's is such a gorgeous shade. She looks like she is full of spunk and fills your life with love.

    Happy Birthday!

    BTW, I love your monthly letters to her. She will cherish those her entire life.

  8. Haooy birthday to the Big 8 year old! How cool. My oldest will be 8 in 2 months. I am with you on not thinking about them this age. She grew a ton over the summer too, now she is all legs.

    I got your bin in the mail yesterday! How awesome was all that stuff! I just love all those note cards! Just awesome! The kids are getting to try the pop rocks after school today. They have never tried them before. I am so gonna take pictures. I can't decide if I should tell them that they actually pop, or to let them find out on their own.

    Thanks again...you are awesome!

  9. Happy Birthday to the girl! Mine oldest turns 8 in October - where has the time gone, they are SOOOO big now! I love the picture of her :)

  10. Happy Birthday to your beautiful girl!!!

  11. Happy Birthday! What a beautiful post...my daughter is also 8...I can't believe how fast they grow up!