Archive for August 2013

One Year Ago Today

August 1, 2013

One year ago today the country was in an uproar over a fast food restaurant.  It was a civil war over gay marriage and the chicken sandwich, and that day the chicken sandwich won.  It was Chick-Fil-A Day, when supporters of traditional marriage and tasty food came out in droves to support the chain and its owner.

My husband and I have always loved Chick-Fil-A, but we had other things on our mind at the time.  While other people were enjoying their tasty nuggets, waffle fries, and sweet tea, I was exhausted from being in extreme pain all night long.  I was in the hospital hooked up to IVs and monitors.

By the time Cassidy Veronica was born that evening, I didn’t give a damn about anything but holding my perfect, sweet baby girl.  I couldn’t wait for her grandparents and four big sisters to meet her for the first time.  The world outside of that hospital didn’t matter as I cradled her close.

It’s hard to believe that her first year has already passed.  It was a rough year.  Having five kids, three of them under the age of five, is no joke.  The difficulties were not due to anything particular about Cassidy, but babies in general just require a lot of time and attention by design.  And my time was already stretched thin.  The last minute decision to put her oldest sister in regular school for fourth grade eased up some problems and created others.

But we both survived that first year.  Cassidy has four teeth and is eating tons of table food, which means less time drinking mommy milk.  She can sit and crawl and stand and is starting to take a few unaided steps, so she spends long periods of time playing with toys and with her big sisters.  So, things are starting to get a little easier, as they naturally do.

We just need to get that pesky sleep schedule figured out.  I don’t know if it’s the result of the general craziness of our days or if she’s just naturally a night owl, but I have to get her to start going to sleep for the night before 1 am.

Cassidy was a surprise baby.  She was not planned, at least by my husband and I.  But as I knew would happen, we can not imagine our lives without her.  The way she wrinkles her nose when she smiles could melt the hardest heart.  She brings so much joy and love to our family and daily gives us all lessons in humility, selflessness, and agility as we race to pull her off whichever piece of furniture she has climbed.

Happy Birthday, Cassidy!  We love you so much!!

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