My girl is growing up into a beautiful young lady! Why is she 12 yrs. old already??! It only feels like a short time ago that I held her in my arms after a long, drawn out, 24 hr. + labor. I wept with joy and tiredness when I held her. I remember being so tired that I left hubby spread the good news. I only wanted rest 🙂 And then we took her home, and the hard work began. As a first time mother, I knew it would be a big job, but I didn’t know how BIG. She was not an easy baby. Days and nights mixed up for about 3 wks. I remember crying many nights as I held her, watching the hours slowly tick by, thinking why baby, why can’t you stop crying and sleep? I usually would crawl into bed about the time hubby was heading out to the barn. And she was not the happiest when she was awake either. There were probably plenty of folks that thought “It’s her first child, she could do so and so :)”
Looking back, I think I did get a bit depressed. It is all new, after all, and when your body is tired and worn down by crying and sleep loss that doesn’t help. It definitely taught us a thing or 2 or 3 about being parents. And despite all of the hard, there was so much joy thrown in the mix. That soft baby skin and hair, feeding her, bathing her (which sometimes was the only way she would stop crying).
Now I wonder how did I survive? 🙂 I know the mornings I milked that we both took naps in the afternoon 🙂 The funny thing was, when I bundled her up and took her out to the barn, and sat her under the warmth and hum of the milk cooler, she slept quite nicely. Maybe I should have had that in the house 🙂 Anyways, we made it through the tough times, and now she is almost a teenager! Help! We will think about that next year. I used to think you were old if you had a 1st grader! HA! I now have a 6th grader, and I’m definitely not old 🙂 We did start out young. If I really want to scare myself, I realize if she follows my footsteps, I could be a grandma at 40. Not going there 🙂
I really enjoyed taking her 12 yr. pictures on the farm! An easy age, camera, beautiful day, what more could you ask for? This one was my favorite. I still didn’t figure out how to remove glass glare, so mpix took care of that for me when I ordered 🙂 Then we moved to the pasture. Had to get some with Misty or Chestnut, or whatever her name is now 🙂And one last one…She does so good at helping out with Jenna, household chores, farm chores, etc. Not that she never complains ( don’t we all 🙂 ), but I can definitely tell she is getting older 🙂 God has blessed us with a sweet daughter, and I am thankful!