Thursday, March 19, 2009

Happy Birthday, Cheeks

Dear Cheeks,

Today you turn seven years old.

If there is one thing that daddy and I have learned about you in the past seven years, it is that you do things your way. From the moment I was pregnant with you, we have not had a minute of peace. You made your existence known from the womb. I had morning sickness for my whole pregnancy with you. I went into labor at 1am on March 19, 2002.

I told daddy that we should have known right weren't going to be easy. That turned out to be an understatement.

We spent five days in the hospital after you were born b/c of your heart. If I would have known who you were going to turn out to be, I would have said that you did it on purpose to have all of our attention to yourself.

Raising you has been a rollercoaster ride. There is no other person in the world that can make me as mad as you do. There is no other person in the world who can make me laugh as much as you do. So while life hasn't been peaceful since you were born, it has still been wonderful. You bring joy to our lives, Cheeks. Even though life is a constant struggle since you've been born, we wouldn't change anything about you.

I hope your day lives up to your expectations. I have never seen anyone as happy as you were this morning when I said "Happy Birthday". It's times like these that make everything we've gone through with you worth it. Your smile and laugh is infectious. I think even W would agree.

Happy seventh birthday, Cheeks. I love you.


P.S. Can you believe that daddy actually reminded me not to forget your birthday before he left this morning??


Lori said...

Happy BD to Kelsey :)

Tracy said...

Happy Birthday to Kelsey!

Your post brought tears to my eyes because it could have been written by me to my 11 year old daughter. Great letter.

Jenni said...

Well, you gone and done made your big sister cry. I love you guys. Happy Birthday to my sweet (yes, I said sweet) niece!

See you Tuesday!

Casee said...

She gloried in her special day for more than one day.

Tracy, does it get easier as they get older? Feel free to lie.

Jenni, all that Hawaiian sun must have gone to your head. Sweet indeed.

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