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    A Big Girl Birthday

    February 22, 2013 by Brandy Vencel

    No, I’m not posting cake pictures. That’ll be next week sometime, Lord willing. However, I did spend my coffee break looking through old family photos. How is it possible that she is eight? I know, I know. I say that every single birthday. I’m always shocked that they are a year older. But really, my “little” children are all too quickly becoming a collection of big children.

    Today is Daughter A.’s eighth birthday.

    She used to look like this:

    Yes, she is still strawberry blonde, though not nearly like the picture. Thank you for asking.

    At this age she received her nickname, The Bird, because her hair made these little wing-like things by her ears. And she’s always been a fluttery sort of person. She still is. In many ways I suppose she’s exactly what we expected. She began crawling at four months of age just so she could be closer to her big brother, and she still does whatever she can to get into his space. She even talks him into hugging sometimes, and that is really saying something for a boy almost eleven.

    I’d post a photo of her now except that I’d be breaking The Rules, the ones where I respect my children’s privacy {for the most part}. If any of my children want their privacy, it is this one.

    Happy birthday, Little Bird.

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  • Reply Dawn February 23, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Thanks, Brandy. Here here regarding dear George….With Lincoln a close second in my book.

  • Reply Dawn February 23, 2013 at 3:11 am

    The bird is in great company with a birthday today. She officially receives an invitation to join the El Presidente club of which I am cofounder. She is more than three decades my junior though …AND I envy her hair color…

    • Reply Brandy@Afterthoughts February 23, 2013 at 5:13 am

      Happy Birthday! Not everyone gets to be born on the BEST PRESIDENT EVER’s birthday. But I’m sure you already know this. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Brandy @ Afterthoughts February 22, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    Not TEN! Not *that* is a birthday that actually made me feel old.

    But of course you handle these things better than I do. πŸ™‚

    • Reply Mystie February 23, 2013 at 12:18 am

      Well, that’s probably because I find myself breathing deep breaths reminding myself that this stage doesn’t last forever. A birthday is a reminder that I’m *not* actually living in Groundhog Day. πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Mystie February 22, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    Congratulations for making it through another birthday, my friend. πŸ™‚ I will have a three-year-old on Monday and an 8yo in May. It is hard to believe. It will be the 10 year birthday in August that I can’t really get my mind around.

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