Monday, November 5, 2007

Olivia's last day to be 3

Tomorrow is Olivia's 4th birthday!
She had her "home" birthday party yesterday and her "school" party today. Tomorrow she will spend her real birthday with Grammy and Grampy!
Jamie's teacher said today, "Olivia, today is your last day of being 3 years old." It made me so sad! 3 sounds like you could still pretend she's a baby but 4...

4 years ago today I was at work telling the kids in my class that I would be gone for a while and when I came back I would have a baby. I was nervous but really excited. I couldn't sleep all night, then I had to get up at 6 to go to the hospital.
When I got to the hospital and checked in I thought I would have some time to sit in the waiting room, but they called my name right away. When they called my name, I got a little panicky. Everything happened so quickly and by the time I was settled in and ready to call my mom, I was already having contractions! My mom could tell, on the phone, that I was scared so she came down right away.
I was able to get an epidural pretty quickly and it was smooth sailing from there! I was in labor for about 5 hours and Olivia was born at 1:40 pm. She weighed 6 pounds 3 ounces. A tiny little peanut baby! My mom and Jimmy and my Aunt Joanne were all there and when my mom went to get my dad, (my big, tough dad) he cried when he held her. It was one of the most beautiful moments of my life.
Later that day 2 kids from my class came to visit and they brought Olivia some books. My friends from work came too and my 3 best friends from high school all came together. All the grandparents came, all of Olivia's aunts and uncles and when about 7 of Jimmy's friends piled in to my room and ogled over her I thought to myself, "What a lucky baby, she came into this world with so many people already loving her."

So, here I am 4 years later and I wonder, "What was my life like before it was permanently altered by this sweet, beautiful little girl? Who was I? What did I do with all my time?"

I love you, Olivia. I love you more than I ever knew was possible. You've brought laughter and beauty to my life and I will never be the same.


Corinna said...

ahhhh sweet!

Yes, I got your email. I have been so busy... I have a friend in from out of town.... I will email you soon.

Donaldson family said...

doesn't it go by fast! Seems like yesterday E was a baby too and now she is 3.

Won't make it on Weds. E has dance from 1:45-2:45 and I don't want to go there after working out. I might try to go after dance if they are not grumpy. I am thinking Thursdays would work for me. ???

Mary said...

Oh my Gosh. I cannot believe that it has been 4 years. I remember the day you brought her in to the scrapbook store to scrapbook. Just like it was the other day. I cannot believe how big the girls sre getting.
Love ya and Miss ya,

Pam O. said...

I can't say too much because Dad and I are all choked up. We love you Livey,most of the world. Happy Birthday!!

gabe said...

Isabel had a blast at the party. She, like all your family have been a great blessing to all of us.

Anonymous said...

Sarah, That is beautiful....brought a lump to my throat! I hope that you are printing some of these wonderful blogs and putting them in the girls baby books.I check your Blog daily and when you write you never cease to amaze have a gift! Sheri

Anonymous said...

Ahe Sarah......such a beautiful baby photo...and a wonderfully beautiful big "4" year old photo....there is nothing .....nothing ...that can prepare you for motherhood...until you deliver that bundle and you know that she is the best part of you....we forget how we managed our time and where our lives once were....when into the world...pops this precious gift that no one else really understands the way we feel....for a moment in time...all else stands still....and you are the only mother and child in existance....but then reflected through all the eyes of we "mommies" that "hint of brilliance" that we all have known....we all have understood and we all have experienced as Mom's.......nothing else compares to the brightness of a child's existance or that first smile or grin....when all else in the world means nothing....time stands still....and for the rest of your are in love as deeply as your being can get...;o)
Happy Birthday Miss Olivia. You are blessed by a mother....that knows the true meaning of endless love.....:o)
Congrats to you Sarah.....way to go Mom!

Kathleen said...

I hate when my mascara runs down my face and stings my eyes!

Happy Birthday Olivia!

darcie said...

Happy birthday Olivia!!

What a sweet, heartfelt entry Sarah, she is a lucky little girl. :o) And that newborn picture-waaaay cute!!

Anonymous said...

OHHH! She is so cute always!!! and Sara you make me cry with your wonderful message, we are so bless to know all of you guys!!

Anonymous said...


You're making me cry again. sigh.

I am so proud of you and how you take your parenting so seriously.

I love you Olivia! Happy 4th Birthday. I miss you in class.