Thursday, August 31, 2006

Happy Birthday, Hayley!

My baby girl is officially 2 years old as of last night at 9:31 pm. I had a little party planned for her and some of her friends/family yesterday at 11:00, but Tuesday night around 7:00 I was holding her in my lap while she was throwing up. It almost seems as if we are living under a little gray cloud of sickness as of about 2 years ago. Poor Hayley has had one thing after another for awhile now. We made the decision to cancel the party that night---no one wants to be in a house where a tummy bug is lurking. (Including me!!) She only got sick twice and was back to normal yesterday afternoon so it was just a 12 hour bug. We slept together on the couch Tuesday night and she actually went to sleep around 4:00am and was up playing with her toys at 7:00.

It ended up being a great birthday. I was super bummed not to have the party, but she was of course oblivious that anything would have gone on at all. My mom was here and they made banana bread yesterday morning. Then, while she napped from 10:30-1:30 I decided to go ahead and keep the balloon order b/c everyone needs balloons on their birthday!! When she got up from her nap she was so excited to see a living room full of balloons. Not ONLY were there balloons, there was a "Wiggles" balloon and a "Mickey Mouse" balloon! So funny what little it takes to totally make a toddler's day!

It is amazing to think that two years have gone by since I held that little 9 pound baby in my arms. Someone asked me if I was sad that she was 2---absolutely not!!! I LOVE this stage with her! Although it has its challenges (what stage doesn't?) every day is so much fun and filled with so much laughter and so much joy. I look forward to watching her grow this year and being amazed at how fast another year will go by. I'm enjoying each day, even the not so good days, as my heart continues to overflow with thankfulness to my God for the blesssing of my Hayley Brooke! I love you sweet girl! You are precious to me and even more precious to our God!


Chesley said...

My eyes filled with tears as I read this because I can remember the day Hayley was born so vividly. The call I got at 7:00a.m. to say you were in labor. I couldn't teach that day because I just kept wondering "is she here yet?"
I was thinking last night about the weeks that followed her birth. Watching you and Tra be parents is when Cody and I got "the bug". We were ready for a baby and now we have our precious Garrett. Hayley's birthday will always be special to me because of that.

Courtney said...

Happy Birthday, Hayley! We were bummed too about the party but glad that you felt better to have your own little celebration! So glad the sickness didn't last all through her special day. I love how precious it is to watch these kids grow that I've known from conception. We love Hayley at the Critz house and her birthday will always be special to us!

Julia said...

Sweet Hayley! I hate that her party had to be cancelled, and even more that she was sick :(. We love that girl! Emma was sad not to get to play with Hayley, so we'll have to get them together soon.
I too remember the day she was born so well - my first impressions: I have never seen a child who looked more like her daddy, who had so much thick unruly hair at birth, or who had such long fingers & toes! She was and is such a beautiful girl, and so special to us all. We love you Hayley!

jettybetty said...

Happy Birthday from us, too!!!
Sounds like she had a great day despite everything!