Happy Birthday, Caroline!

It’s true. This morning, at 6:58 am, my little bird turned 3 years old. I’m a bit in denial that it’s been three whole years since I first held her and saw her sweet face… but oh, what a joyous three it has been.

She was born on a cloudy Tuesday morning, in a stark white OR that was filled with tension. There was a NICU team hovering in the corner, ready to whisk her away if she came out not breathing, like they suspected she would. I had awoken from my sleep to what I thought was my water breaking, but as I turned the lights on, I realized it was blood running down my legs. We rushed to the hospital, where the doctors and nurses quickly diagnosed the placental abruption and took us for a cesarean to get her out before she was deprived of oxygen for too long. Tears ran down my face as I felt them pull her out of me, and there was a moment of silence. That moment, to me, felt like an eternity.

Then, a cry. A powerful, beautiful cry. The whole staff exhaled and the NICU team left. I threw up. They cleaned her off and brought her over to me, laying this tiny human burrito on my chest. Through my heavily medicated daze, I remember cooing over her dark hair, and telling her, “Hello, my baby. I’ve been waiting for you for so long.” Ryan, like an angel, captured those moments on video and I will cherish them forever.

She looked just like her big brother at birth, and their stats were almost identical, too! She weighed 8 lbs 13 oz, and was exactly 21″ long. She had a head full of dark brown hair, and deep blue-grey eyes. Perfection.

The past 3 years have been a whirlwind of milestones, adventures, and mishaps. I am so blessed to have this little girl in my life, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for us. Below is a little slideshow with various highlights from our 3 years together.

At 3, she is a firecracker of a tiny human. She loves all things pink and sparkly, and when she grows up she wants to be a princess. She loves to sing and dance, and can’t get enough of music. She loves books. She is an animal whisperer- she’s not afraid of any living thing, and she loves them all. She enjoys flowers. She will eat anything you put in front of her. She’s funny, and enjoys hugs and kisses from the people she loves. She loves when I braid her hair, or do something ‘fancy’ with it. She is so enthusiastic about life and all the wonders that the world holds. To know her is to love her.

Happy Birthday, my darling Caroline Elaine. You make the world a better place just by existing. I love you.

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