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December 13, 2005

She Turned Ten Today!

by flowermama

Please note: It's December 2007 now, and I wrote this two years ago, but never published it for some reason. I probably wasn't quite finished. I'm going to go ahead and publish it now. My dear daughter is 12 now, and such a wonderful blessing to me and our family.

Today is my oldest child's tenth birthday! Wow, it's so hard to believe she was born ten years ago!

She was such a high need baby. She was very sensitive and cried a lot even that first day, especially after her hep B shot! We found that she needed lots of attention and loved motion. She loved being held, and though at first her daddy was worried about her learning bad habits if she was picked up when she cried, we decided to go ahead and hold her lots! One of the best things I discovered the first week at home with her was that if I nursed her she would often stop crying, and that really helped. She really had a hard time sleeping in her crib. When I learned to nurse her lying down and decided to bring her to bed with me when we slept, those things sure made life easier.

Back then I didn't know anything about "high need" babies, or much about babies at all for that matter. She was a huge shock to me! But she taught me so much those first days. As she grew older she developed into an amazingly spirited little girl, and God has worked through her to teach me innumerable things over the years.

These days she's still "spirited" and sensitive and full of spunk! She's grown into a strong ten year old girl with personality, creativity, high values, and a huge heart who loves God. I still learn great things from her today, and by His grace the struggles over the years have been worth it -- and will continue to be worth it, praise God -- and have brought much joy and growth to both of our lives. I am honored and blessed to be her mother. :)

Posted by flowermama at December 13, 2005 08:49 PM


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