A Decade

Three days ago my oldest daughter, my first born, celebrated her 10th birthday.  10 years!!  Bailey didn’t understand why her father, granny, and I kept exclaiming about this birthday more than the previous ones.  I had to explain that when you get older time seems to move a lot faster.  The fact that she is now ten years old means that a decade of our lives has flown by in the blink of an eye.  Wasn’t it just yesterday that Bailey was the same size as her 3-month-old baby sister??

After Bailey was born, I looked and felt like I had been hit by a Mack truck.  If someone told me that I would  experience childbirth four more times in the next ten years, I would have thought they were insane.  While I knew at the time of Bailey’s birth that we would probably be moving away from Kentucky within the year, we didn’t know that we’d end up living outside Chicago.  And homeschooling was no where on our radar!

Now Bailey is ten.  She’s long and lean, and in the next decade she’ll probably be as tall or taller than me.  In a year or two we’ll be dealing with braces.  Then she’ll be a teenager.  Before I know it we’ll be teaching her to drive and then preparing her for college.  It’s exciting and terrifying at the same time.

Just in this past year, Bailey has changed and experienced so much.  She discovered that she likes basketball better than softball and earned the nickname “The Piranha” for her aggressive defense skills.  She learned some basic swimming skills, enough to save herself if she ever gets pushed in a pool.  And most recently, she started going to “real” school.

Normally, I would have tried to do her birthday post on her birthday, but we were just too busy.  First thing in the morning, she opened her presents.  Then she and I (and baby Cassidy) went to the bank to cash her birthday check, and then had a special lunch at Panera Bread.  Next we went to Wal-mart to pick out a birthday cake.  (We also got her a new winter coat, which we had to pick from the adult section!!)  When we got home she was surprised to find that Granny and her sisters had put up balloons and streamers for her special day.

I had just enough time to feed the baby before I had to leave for parent/teacher conferences (no school on her birthday).  Then it was time to get everyone ready to go swimming at our Parks District’s indoor water park.  After swimming, a late dinner, and birthday cake, it was off to bed.  But Bailey stayed up a little late reading the new Diary of a Wimpy Kid book that we were able to pick up at the library before swimming.

Overall I think she had a great birthday.  And as usual, Bailey continues to teach us how to be better parents.  As she has hit double-digits, Bailey has brought it home to us once again how quickly the time passes away.  We need to do our best to make our time with her and her sisters count as much as we can.

Happy Birthday, Bailey!!

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