My ErinLee, elder daughter by 363 days turned 26 today! I texted her at 12:05 a.m., PDT, her time, which, and yes, I was up, was 2:05 a.m., here in Wisconsin. I was working and reminiscing about the birth of my first child, 26 years ago. She was so tiny, just 5lb, 13 oz, at birth and 5 lb, 8 oz, when we left the hospital. It was absolutely love beyond compare. Who knew? Y’all who are mothers reading this would know, but I was rocked by the depth of emotion.
I knew she was going to be Erin Lee – she changed the spelling and I like it, but I knew way before she was born. In fact, I embroidered her name in gold floss on the Christmas stocking I started in the summer. I also sewed her first Christmas dress, red velvet and white satin, again, before she was born and those were the days before we had whatever the test is that tells the baby’s sex, unless you had a difficult pregnancy, which I did not. My doctor kept telling me there was a 50/50 chance and you should have seen his face when I showed him her Christmas stocking. I knew.
She’s a joy, talented, funny, beautiful and I’ve always been amazed at how she sees the world, through artist’s eyes, so unlike myself. I began this post hours ago, thinking about my child, took a break for a special lunch with my 11 yr-old niece, Reno; we called ErinLee. Then ErinLee called me and we had a wonderful hour-long visit; now I’m back to choosing some photos to insert here along with the birthday song. So my darlin’ daughter, and yes, she does speak French, réalisez vos rêves.
Joyeux anniversaire!!! Je t’aime, votre, maman!