(Yes, I have labeled all my babies...I think I have admitted this before.)
But you were awful that first day in the hospital. I was scared...scared about my ability to handle three children. I called my mom home from a distant work venue, crying. "I know I said I didn't need help but I changed my mind!" I remember I was down a hall at the very end by myself. The hospital was understaffed. I had to ask for diapers several time. I walked up and down those halls about 12 hours after giving birth, because you were so unsettled. No one checked on me. I think they forgot we were down there? It actually would have nice if it hadn't been so extreme. By the time I left (couldn't be fast enough) and my mom was at my home, you had morphed into 'good' baby. You made me look like a fool...I didn't mind.
Here's why you were good:
You never cried except that first night. Really, NEVER.
You had double, triple doses of "good baby scent". It's weird but it's true. You just smelled SO strongly like a baby and I loved it.
1. You once almost ate a worm. It was going from little fingers straight to mouth when I screamed and you dropped it. I have a feeling there were some other times I might not have caught? You once pooped out a small one-dot Lego in your diaper. Part of being #3.
2. You were a master escape artist. You learned to take a broom stick and pop my hook and eye locks I had on every door. (Paybacks for the easy-baby stage...for sure.)
3. You have always been very confident in your decisions. Once, after preschool was finished, you told me you weren't going to Pre-K the next year. I believed you. I didn't sign you up, because I knew there was no making you and what for? Halfway through the year I broached the topic again. You said, "OK." And you went, and liked it. It's refreshing trait, this self-awareness.
4. Your teacher's always tell me that you are an asset to their class...they couldn't ask for a better leader. I have to admit the first time I heard this I was surprised...you are the third in line here...and I've often seen your quiet personality overpowered by your two older siblings. But no, I was assured, a leader and a great example to all. I am so proud of you. I know you are kind and so smart and have really good friends.
I love you. We ALL do. Thank you so much for being who you are.
Happy 11th Birthday Mattie!