Today is a day that I can honestly say, I’m not ready for.
It’s a big deal when you’re a child, to turn TEN. You’re still a kid, but you’re growing up – you’re in double digits and that my friends, is a very big deal.
Now let me tell you a little story about a beautiful little girl who turns the big 1-0 today.
Her mother had learned of her pregnancy just before Father’s Day 2003 – while at work, unable to keep her favorite Chinese dish down for a second night in a row. Planning began! She had a big sister that was two, and was very excited for her arrival.
The pregnancy wasn’t an easy one. There was a lot of sickness, and a scare because during the pregnancy, her mother learned that she was a cystic fibrosis carrier. Due to other issues, her father was unable to get tested so it was unknown if she would be born with the disease.
During the winter of 2003, this little girl was feisty, she never stopped moving. She started showing her stubbornness even before she was born. Her mother fell asleep in a position that this little girl didn’t appear to like and she kicked so fiercely, she fractured a rib on her mother.
February 10th 2004, her mother is admitted to the hospital to be induced at 8:30 PM. By 10 PM she is in labor. Having had ‘stomach’ labor with her first daughter, this was ‘back’ labor and a total breeze.
At 6AM on February 11th – her mother decided on an epidural but something went wrong with it. It only worked for just under an hour. By that point though, the nurses had given her so much Pitocin to speed up her labor that she was in more pain than she had ever experienced, and now in full ‘stomach’ labor. Over two hours of that and her mother had had enough. This little girl comes by her fierceness honestly – both with her grandmother “Nana” and her mother, practically threatened the doctor with death if something wasn’t done immediately. The doctor went to work and a few moments later, a beautiful little Trysha Dyan was brought into this world.
Trysha was startled at first and didn’t cry – giving everyone quite the panic. Little did we know she was going to be a diva and she liked to make an entrance. Checked out and confirmed she was fine – the nurses started to give her a bath and she made her voice known.
My little girl is Ten Years Old today, and it just doesn’t seem possible. I remember the stubborn baby who didn’t like to be held while she slept, who rolled very early in her life because sleeping on her stomach was so much better than her back. I remember the little cherub that simply marched to the beat of her own drum from the moment she was born.
The toddler she grew in to – the one who loved to explore and convince her sister it was okay to continue jumping off the front porch because Mom wouldn’t catch them. The one who when the storm sirens went off when she was 4, couldn’t remember that they were for tornados and told her father that they had to hide from the “Tarnations”. I remember the girl that loved everything Dora the Explorer and always had to have a “Pack-Pack” to go on her adventures.
I remember watching her ride a bike for the first time, or telling Grandpa to just take the training wheels off her new bike because they were getting in her way. I remember a fearless little girl who loves thrills such as ziplines at the county fair, or the kid-version of the bungee jump. I remember a stubborn child that wanted to prove she could swim, who climbed to the top of the slide at the deep end of the local pool, proceeded to throw her water wings on the ground and just jump in, much to her grandmother’s shock and amazement.
I treasure the grown up little girl she has become: the child that uses logic and reason to win any argument she engages in. The one with the biggest heart who doesn’t understand why there are so many injustices in this world, when all she wants is to be friends with everyone. The free-spirited girl she is that is in awe of the world around her and believes in all things being possible.
My dreamer, my performer, my lover of all things Adam Lambert, I thank you for bringing so much joy into my life. From the constant laughter and quick little quips you make, to the perfect way you still love to cuddle, I hope you know I love you so much.
Happy Birthday Baby Girl!