Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Ten Whole Years

Ten years ago today I became a mom. The years have gone by in a blink of an eye, but I can barely remember life without Ella. For weeks after she was born, I kept half waiting for Ella’s real parents to come get her, because there was no possible way that B and could be permanently responsible for this creature.

But here we are. Ten whole years with Ella.

She has really put us through the paces from the very beginning – sleepless nights, projectile vomiting, temper tantrums that could peel paint, arguments that could put a lawyer to shame. But she has given us so much joy from the very beginning – all the time spent with her asleep on my chest, her giggles, her wonder about the world, her rampant curiosity. We couldn’t have asked for a better kid to teach us how to be parents.

newella Brand spanking new – her very first picture

bday20 The princess phase – which she now rolls her eyes at

P1011382 The very long-lasting Hermione phase.

airport And now. Goodness I love her smile.

Happy birthday Ella-bella. Thank you for making me a mom.


UltraMamaC said...

LOVE that last photo! she's adorable! My little one turns 10 in two weeks and I can't handle it!!! great post & Happy Birthday to Ella!

shrink on the couch said...

How very sweet! She does have a great smile. Funny, my kids didn't go through phases, per se. No attachment to or imitating any particular characters. If they had, Hermione would have been my choice!

Happy Birthday to your first born!

Unknown said...

its 5 years for me and I still have moments where I say 'Wait, I'm a MOM!"

Happy day, Ella!

Susan said...

Wow - what a beautiful girl! Happy birthday to both of you!

ckh said...

This must be a special time for you having two birthdays so close. :) Happy Birthday to both of you.

Murr Brewster said...

She's beautiful. And the first two pictures look amazingly alike. However I don't know about her making you a mom. I think you should take credit for almost all of the making.