Friday, October 19, 2012

Happy 2nd Birthday, Gracie!

No confessions today. There are much more important things to discuss. :)

It's due date day! At the time of writing this post, I know no more news about Reagan's arrival than I did 24 hours ago. I'm going to be getting a call from my doctor's office this morning about setting up an induction date. My best guess is next Thursday or Friday...since that's what we told them we prefer, haha. Eric has a final in his MBA course on Wednesday. :)

I am more progressed than I was a week ago, so at least I know all of this crazy pressure is doing something! When I do hear from my doctor today I'll come back and update.

Update: That was fast, haha. Looks like our day will be next Friday, October 26. Just like we thought all along! I'm going to get another call back with a time. Hooray!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, GRACIE!


Two years ago today we were meeting family members for breakfast and going to the hospital to meet our second born baby girl. It was a fun day. My eyes filled with tears the moment they laid Grace on my chest for the first time, and she's been tugging at my heartstrings ever since!



Gracie is our strong-willed child, and prior to having children, I dreaded having one of that variety. :) But the older she gets, the more I'm "getting" her, and it's not so bad. Just last week in our Sunday School class we were discussing raising strong-willed children, and my beautiful teacher Ellen said something that I've been thinking about all week as we've been approaching Gracie's birthday. She made the wonderful point that while strong-willed children may be difficult to parent, they are usually leaders. They aren't easily swayed by the crowd. They do their own thing, set the pace, and get things done. I love that.

In fact, there are a lot of things I love about my baby girl, so I thought, well...why not list them today! To honor her on her birthday, here are just ten of the things I find so endearing about Grace Violet Robert.

*10 Things I Love About Gracie*

Her beautiful baby lips. And yes, they will always be baby lips to me. They are so full and soft and kissable, and I can't get enough of them. Grace falls asleep in my arms nearly every night, and I can't help but smother her in kisses before I put her down. :)

Her love of music. Gracie is a performer...she loves to sing, she loves to clap along, and the girl loves to get down with her bad self. She stands on chairs and tables and belts away tunes at the top of her lungs, even though we can't understand a word she's saying half of the time. And watch out when you give the girl a keyboard - she will put on a twenty minute show that will leave your face stuck in a permanent smile.

Her sideways glance...you know, the smirky one when she's checking to see if someone is watching her get into mischief. She doesn't know this, but the sideways glance is nearly a "get out of trouble free" pass, because it makes me giggle uncontrollably.

She is turning into such a mama's girl. I love it. :) There is nothing in the world like seeing light in a child's eyes and knowing that you put it there just by walking through the door. Priceless.

Her fearless spirit. Yes, it gets her into trouble at times, but she is bold and confident - two things I could work on myself.

Grace was alert and curious from the very beginning. :)

I admire that Grace sticks up for herself. She's not a bully, but she won't let other kids bully her, either. There have been many times I've watched her on the playground get knocked around or picked on by bigger kids, and the girl doesn't back down. I secretly smile and think, "You go, Gracie." Small but mighty. :)

I love that Grace always says "hello" to Mickey Mouse in the morning - with gusto. She adores that darn mouse. I adore her.

The girl can EAT. And she's not super picky. (Hallelujah!) While other kids are pushing food around on their plates, Gracie is holding hers up and saying, "Moah - moah." I guess it takes a lot of energy to be a mischief maker. :)

She loves the outdoors and nothing makes her happier than fresh air and a swing set. It's the simple things for her.

She already has a bond with her baby brother unlike anyone else in our family. One of her first distinguishable words was "Reagan." She kisses him, rubs my belly, and sweetly croons his name at every chance she gets. She will run from another room just to pat him and say his name. I hope their special relationship continues when he's on the outside.

I also love her little toes, and her voice, and her excitement for riding in the car, and her love of reading, and, and, and....

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Such a big girl now!

We've already celebrated Grace's birthday, but I still want to make this day special somehow. Eric wasn't able to get off of work (since he'll be missing so much soon!) so I'm aiming to try to make Grace happy today and just do activities that I think she'll enjoy. Hopefully tonight we'll be able to go out and celebrate somehow. 

And I hope you all get to enjoy this day, too! Happy October 19th!

6 comments:

Sarah said...

Happy Birthday Gracie girl, I have fully enjoyed watching you grow the past 2 years...you are JUST like my Logan :)

October 26th?! Superwoman!!!

Ashley N. said...

Aww! Happy birthday to Gracie! AND, yay for Reagan coming next week!! So excited.....I know I've said it before, but I just love your kids to pieces!!

Cassie said...

Happy Birthday Gracie!!

I love this!! And seriously, you go Gracie. High five sister - you're one awesome little lady with a crazy bright future.

Adrien said...

Passing on the birthday wishes! :)

oneknightstands said...

I think strong-willed might run in out family. Happy birthday Gracie!

Christine Pettijohn said...

Love this post!! Happy Late Birthday Gracie! Hope she had a good day!

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