Three years ago today at 3:40 a.m. on a Sunday morning, our Valentine baby entered the world. Her 8.5lbs of beauty dazzled us from day one.
Labor proceeded very quickly and very normally. Nothing complicated. Nothing out of the ordinary. A textbook, natural delivery. I was at the hospital with just enough time that nothing felt extremely rushed, but neither did I have much time to really get annoyed that I couldn’t walk around in labor. I had done most of my labor at home (well, and on our date the night before!), and that was exactly what I had wanted.
Olivia came into the world with little drama, but she turned our world upside down. From day one she let us know that she was a unique person, with her own personality. Because she tends to be more reserved in front of others, not many people get to see the personality that we see every day.
What joy she has brought to our family. I have probably laughed and cried more since her birth than I ever have in my life. She is funny and she knows it. She frequently jokes, and then with a twinkle in her eye says, “I just teasing.” How do two year old’s know how to do this stuff?
She climbs. Oh she climbs. Months before she started walking, Olivia started climbing, and has never stopped. She jumps, twirls, does somersaults, and desperately tries to do handstands. And she loves poetry. Don’t get the connection? Neither do I. But that girl will always choose a book of poems over nearly anything else, and will sit mesmerized until you read the entire book through.
She has more energy than I know what to do with. But she cuddles. Oh, does she now how to give a good hug. She goes and goes and goes all day long, but when she stops, she just snuggles up on you and sometimes she is so worn out she’ll just fall asleep in our arms.
Her personality baffles me sometimes, and always makes me smile. I hope no one ever crushes that vibrant spirit. I don’t know what she is going to do with it, but I know God is going to do some amazing things with that energy, vibrancy, and compassion. I pray that God will give us wisdom to know how to parent her.
I look back on that day and smile. She was, by far, my easiest delivery, but she has, by far, tested more of my parenting ideas than either of the other two.
What an amazing gift she is in our lives. And, seriously? Could you get anything more beautiful than those knock-them-dead, gorgeous eyes? I’m completely smitten.
Happy 3rd birthday, Olivia! (And Happy Valentine’s Day, too!)