It is hard to believe my sweet Annie turned 5 today! Wow! It is always a little shocking when one of my children have a birthday, but something about my baby turning 5 years old is hard to believe!
I’ve though a lot, over the past few days, about the day Annie was born. About how Aunt Carrie and Bobbie came for a visit and stayed with the other girls so I could go on a walk. And it worked! Later that afternoon I knew for sure I was in labor and sure enough we got to meet Annie for the first time.
We did not find out the gender of our babies before they were born, so each time it was a fun surprise to find out…and especially to find out we now had 3 girls! How FUN!
We enjoyed all the excitement that comes after being introduced to your baby for the first time and the first time snuggles. My parents had not arrived and were still on the way to meet her. Luckily, they arrived around midnight and got to meet Annie for the first time. And I’m so glad they did.
We did not know it then, but it turned out that Annie was very sick! Sometime in the middle of that night, a nurse came into my room and told me that Annie was not allowed to leave the nursery so I would have to come down there. A nurse on duty was watching Annie closely and noticed that something did not seem quite right. They had called in the doctor to observe her and run some tests
Long story short, she had some kind of infection in her blood. She was very, very sick. After talking to the doctor sometime after she was well and had come home, he told us if it had not been for modern medicine, she probably would not have made it. I’m so thankful for the nurse who was working that evening and noticed something was not right. I’m also very thankful for all the doctors that worked together to treat Annie. I’m thankful God healed Annie and has given her to us for this time! She is a really great blessing to our family!
We had some birthday fun starting yesterday when we went to Hlane Game Reserve. It has rained here a lot lately and the roads were pretty muddy, but we still had fun. We got to see elephant, rhino, and hippo among other animals. It was a beautiful day and we had fun.
Today we celebrated some more. One tradition we have is the birthday person gets to pick where they want to go out to eat. Annie picked a place called Spur, which is where we almost always go, because she wanted to get this special birthday meal. It is a kids meal that comes with an ice cream treat and a toy. And, on your birthday, they sing to you…and she really wanted that!
We just had a family party at home. The girls were so sweet about helping to make Annie’s day special. They gave her a few presents they bought…a pack of gum and a chocolate bar. Caroline gave her one of her dolls and some clothes to go with it because Annie really wanted a baby with curly hair. She also made some pretty sweet cards. Ellianna made a little coin purse because Annie did not have a place to put her money and she wanted something. Ellianna also knitted a scarf for Annie too! They were so generous and thoughtful!
We also had some cake, of course. I have this crazy thing I do for my kid’s birthdays. I see some fancy cake and think, “I can make that”. And then I try and it does not work, but I still do it! I am probably the least crafty person ever and for some reason I still think I can do it. This year was no different.
I saw a cake the other day and wanted to ty it. Annie wanted a red and green cake with Christmas trees. Yes, I know it is April. I got this idea to try the cake I saw using the colors she wanted. And I convinced her she would like something besides Christmas trees. So, this year her cake was a polka dot (on the inside) cake. It did not work like I wanted it too, but it worked okay. It tasted good and we enjoyed it.
Annie has been such a joy to our family the past 5 years. She is funny, sweet, thoughtful, smart, energetic, loud, beautiful, helpful, caring, a momma’s girl to her core, and much more. She enjoys being read to and is learning to read too. She has a contagious laugh and is a smiley giggley girl. I love her so much! I’ve learned a lot from her and I knowI will continue to do so. I love having conversations with her and love the questions she asks.
When I think of Annie and all of her sweetness, I think how thankful I am for her! I’m thankful for so many things about her, but I’m really thankful we have her. Not all mommas get this long with their babies. I’m thankful and I’m praying for many more wonderful years together!