I became a mama.
If only I knew then what I know now . . .
That I would love this little bundle of joy more than everything else combined -- times infinity . . .
Then maybe I would have taken more time to enjoy every single second.
Because now -- 157,680,000 seconds later -- I would give almost anything to go back in time to 6:20 a.m. on 10/27/08 and do it all over again.
My little Lucy Lu (her middle name is not Lu, by the way -- it's Elaine) is my happy place.
She is the happiest, most joyful, energetic, fun-loving, entertaining little girl I know . . . and I know a LOT of little girls.
I know I'm her mama, and I have to say this sort of stuff . . . but the difference here is, it's TRUE.
From the moment she arrived (in a BIG hurry), she has been nothing but a blessing.
I cannot imagine my life without her, and there is nothing I am prouder to be than this child's mom.
God may have made us wait an awfully long time for her . . . but she was SOOOOOO worth the wait.
And then some.
I thought about taking a trip down memory lane and posting a photo from each year, but I just can't handle it.
(At what point does one stop wanting to sob uncontrollably and/or hyperventilate and/or curl into the fetal position every year on their child's birthday....? I'd really like some assurance that I will be able to HANDLE this some year.)
So . . . you get the five-year-old Lucy only today.
And 100%, my favorite of things.
I love you, Lucy . . . to the moon and back times infinity, and then some more.