Friday, December 12, 2008

Da Count-Da Kid

Eighteen years ago I spent 5 weeks on bed rest before 2 days of labor to bring you into the world. You made me a mother and rooted me to the earth. How strange and wonderful it all was...not to mention exhausting.


You're the big sister who can be sweet (or not so sweet, I guess that makes you normal.)


You've always had self-confidence and a style all your own.


I love you even when you're scowling.


You've always had spunk and sass in surplus.

Happy birthday, kiddo. What a journey it has been so far.

32 comments:

Craver Vii said...

5 weeks?! Yikes!

Happy birthday to the young Limelet! The hair in the band photo is outrageously fun. I hope it's a wonderful day of celebration for her.

Cheesy said...

GOT to love redheads!
Happy happy young ginger head!

RiverPoet said...

Happy birthday! Love the red hair!

Peace - D

barman said...

You know I have to say it. Not that I think you look old now but my do you look young in that hospital photo. I bet the kids have added at least a few of those grey hairs you sport now.

She is her own self. That is a good thing most of the time. Nice collection of photos. And happy birthday to Diana.

Desmond Jones said...

Molly and I always hoped one of our kids would have red hair. . .

Happy Birthday to yer kiddo!

S said...

Fabulous photo of your beautiful teenager!


What a doll!

Happy Birthday Diana!

S said...

PS OMG Calypso looks exactly like you in that one pic!!!!!!!

I thot it was you for a second then I had to rethink!
WOW

coopernicus said...

Happy Birthday to the Limelet!!! Redheads rule..but I'm not biased in any way...

Cocotte said...

Like you, I have dark hair and my oldest is a red head! Happy 18th birthday to the girl with all the sass! Love the red shoes in the last photo.

ArtSparker said...

Great celebratory sequence...the last photo is a show-stopper.

Lapis Ruber said...

Happy Birthday to the 18 year-old and congratulations (to you both)

Suldog said...

Happy Birthday, Kid! Redheads are special and the best! I know - I used to be one (don't worry, I don't think there's any chance you'll end up looking like me.)

And you, Lime. You were an especially attractive and radiant mother. Very pretty.

lecram said...

I love your counts that tribute your brood. Bravo... and a very Happy Birthday to her. And kudos to you on a (continuing) job well done. Cheers!

Kat said...

Spunk and sass and a style all her own? Sounds like the apple didn't fall far from the tree. :)
Happy Birthday to your now adult baby.

Blither said...

Beautiful Lime! Our girls are so close in age!

18- what a "Lovely" age.


Love those red shoes! Yummy!

VE said...

You know...I lay around for 5 weeks all the time. I don't see the big deal....

18? Time to ship 'em off and move to Belize...

Sheri said...

How beautiful you all are! Happy Birthday to your oldest Limette!

EmBee said...

So, how does it feel to be the mother of an 18 yr. old? I'm wondering if it freaked you out as much it did for me.

g-man said...

She's a Hot One...Just like her Mother!
Happy B-day "D"
:-)

tsduff said...

You are such a fabulous Mom - posting wonderful pics and such a neat tribute to your daughter. I absolutely love the picture of you (new Mom) holding new baby.... my you look so very young. Thanks for bringing in those neat memories. Oh, and my Great Grandma had carrot red hair, as do a passel of my nephews and my niece... might fine. Hope the birthday was memorable :)

ciara said...

happy birthday to your daughter! hope her day was fabulous :)

Hilary said...

This kidlet's personality just leaps off the blog page. Wow! Happy birthday to your daughter.

snowelf said...

Okay, Lime I think you have officially the best "I just had a baby" picture ever!

Happy birthday to your little independent one!!!

--snow

(and why does it not surprise me that our daughter's b-days are so close together!)

Beach Bum said...

Happy Birthday Calypso!
Great post and pictures.

Jocelyn said...

Okay, she's freakin' me out in those red heels. Go back in time, honey: don't grow up quite so much yet.

I want to pet you in that first photo, btw.

NYD said...

Make certain she always has a pair of those shoes. That way she can click the heels three times and get back home to you.

Cosima said...

A belated Happy Birthday to your oldest Limelet!

Casdok said...

Many happy returns! They grow so fast dont they!!

Fred said...

Happy Birthday! I hope you didn't use the bat in the last picture to swing at your sister. :)

Rurality said...

Very cute. Love the hair!

PS I think I'm going to try your venison stew recipe!

(M)ary said...

Aw, she has the same birthday as my favorite brother! Happy Belated Birthday.

RennyBA said...

Happy birthday to the young Limelet - all the way from Norway :-) She's sweet, nice and good looking - just like her mother!

Btw: Sorry I haven't been around that much - my back hurts and its hard to write. I try to recover and are taking a long Holiday break.