I know her fifth birthday has passed, but I have been wanting to post some of my memories about our first born:
A few days old
She was incredible aware of her surroundings from such a tiny age. The first week of life, she was alert and awake most of the time and would look around intently. Averie loved to nurse, so much that she NEVER took a bottle or binky! She also wanted to be held and fed all through the night. This lasted throughout the first year.
Averie's temperament as a baby was very delightful. She loved to smile and talk talk talk. She was a quick learner and stayed focused when trying something new.
About 4 months
She inherited her Daddy's sense of humor, memory, blond hair, and long legs. She has my eyes, need for the social, and awareness. She is carefree and artistic, determined and athletic.
She has always seemed older than her age.
She is a "chameleon" and adapts well to her surroundings. And incredibly independent. I have often wondered if she even needs me!
2 1/2 years
Tom Boy and Girly Girl. Never worries about getting dirty or hurting herself. She is adventurous and last minute, sometimes a little flighty. She can run with the boys or play princess with the girls. She is willing to try anything and is fearless.
Before I was a parent, I always thought that my children would be like me. I was wrong, and have gained a testimony that each of us come to this earth with our own personality and spirit. This is why "parenting" is the hardest, most fulfilling, and rewarding job on earth. Our Heavenly Father designed families this way, so that we can reach our full potential. I was sent each of my children so that I could learn from them.
Averie is very different from me, but she has many qualities that I wish I possessed.
Happy Birthday Averie! Mommy loves you!