eight. and worth the wait.

I crept into her room well past 10 last night. I had bolted upright from the laundry on the couch and Homeland on the TV, realizing I hadn’t baked the birthday treat she had requested for her class. So off I went to mix up a batch of lemon cookies while Brent scrubbed dishes beside me. But I quickly realized that the batch wasn’t stretching further than 19 and her class was surely larger than that.

Sarah…psst…Sarah…how many kids are in your class?

She smiled at me with closed eyes (she always does), twenty-two. And mama, I love you so much. And I can’t sleep.

This wasn’t true. She’d been asleep, hard, since 8:30 but I knew what was on her mind. It’s always hard to sleep on birthday eve.

Eight years earlier I laid in a postpartum room. At 11 days past due I was decidedly not postpartum but the labor and delivery floor was full with women who were “really in labor” (their words, not mine) and there was no room in the inn for the likes of those waiting for an induction like me. So I spent the evening flopping my stubborn, swollen belly back and forth trying to find a comfortable position while Brent and my mom tried to talk me down from the ledge. And I tried to sleep. But if it’s hard to sleep on birthday eve,  it’s even harder to sleep on birth day eve.

But as I discovered as the sun rose at 7:17 that next morning, it’s always worth the wait.

Always.

Happy Birthday my sweet girl.

You are a delight to your mama’s soul.

J.J.October 28, 2013 - 1:46 pm

Happy Birthday Sarah!

heather mayberryOctober 28, 2013 - 2:03 pm

wow! can’t believe she’s eight! i’ve been around here since the whole gap deal and it seems to have flown by! i can’t imagine how it feels for the mama! happy birthday sarah!

AnneOctober 28, 2013 - 2:05 pm

Happy birthday sweet Sarah!

Aunt LuOctober 28, 2013 - 2:19 pm

She should use that plate everyday!

JenniferOctober 28, 2013 - 2:46 pm

Happy birthday Sarah!

AmyOctober 28, 2013 - 3:00 pm

It seems like yesterday! Happiest of days to one of my favorite girls ever!

GinaOctober 28, 2013 - 3:15 pm

Happy Birthday Sarah!

Stephanie @ La Dolce VitaOctober 28, 2013 - 3:33 pm

Happy Birthday to your sweet baby girl!

Jessica WOctober 28, 2013 - 5:36 pm

Happy Birthday!

Erica HettwerOctober 28, 2013 - 10:38 pm

Happy Birthday, Sarah!
Erin, my daughter wants those exact colors in her room. Love it! Any tips to get the look?

JoannaOctober 29, 2013 - 7:06 am

I love this post and Sarah’s new room and your whole sweet family! Please pass on to Sarah that today at our house, we are giving thanks for the Gift of Sarah! Birthday Blessings Sarah!!!

LacyOctober 29, 2013 - 7:34 pm

You shot straight to this mama’s heart with that one. Makes me look that much more forward to this first birthday I’m headed toward. Whew!

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