SEVEN! It is, of course, impossible for me to believe Amelia Kate is seven now. I can still see them handing her to me. The first time I laid eyes on that little sweet girl she was being lifted to me by her left arm and left leg. I grabbed her so fast and forwent the obligatory finger and toe count...I didn't care what she had or didn't, I was just in total love. She was born at 9:15 at night, and she didn't cry. She just looked around and blinked...for hours! :o) She didn't go to sleep till 1 a.m. that day, and she and I sat there just looking at each other for almost 4 hours, no talking, no crying, just blinking. It is one of my favorite memories of my time with her. :o)
This year, I took her for some girl time (no brothers, which is rare!) to the American Girl store to pick out something for her doll (she got a doggie for Kit) and for lunch at the bistro with both our dolls (I took my old Felicity doll). I was totally surprised by how much she enjoyed it! We had lots of fun, and it makes me excited for new chances to do things like this as she gets older. It's always so hard to watch them growing so quickly, but with every year comes new experiences to celebrate. Speaking of new experiences to celebrate, this birthday was a little extra special. It was the year of the purse! She had been asking for one, so I picked her out her first "real" purse at the Vera Bradley store. I actually teared up in the store, but another mother in the store confirmed that she had done the same thing when she recently bought her daughter's first purse, so at least I have company in my silly, sentimental world.
HAPPY 7th BIRTHDAY, MY AMELIA! Your mommy loves you!