Today is Anna’s birthday. This year is definitely one of those years where I reflect on the fact that this sweet little being made me a mom ELEVEN years ago. On the day she was born, it wasn’t at all how I had dreamed it would be. I wasn’t able to hold her until she was five days old, I felt her soft, warm skin for the first time when she was three days old. I woke up after surgery (having no idea that they were going to put me to sleep) to find out that she was on a ventilator. But as the hours passed, we watched her health improve and after just a week in the NICU, we were home with her in our arms. Like I said, how it all happened just didn’t matter, what mattered was that she was happy and healthy and in our arms.
The same is true today.
Last night I sat down with her for her annual birthday interview and asked her some very important questions.
Hi Anna. Hi
What’s tomorrow? My birthday.
You’re turning ten? NO. I’m turning 11.
How do you feeling about that? Awesome, because I like presents.
Do you have any special plans? We are having a family birthday party tomorrow afternoon and tomorrow night I get to choose dinner.
What do you plan to choose for dinner? A mexican bar. Like taco salad and tacos.
Did you ask for anything specific for your birthday? Rubber bands for bracelets, clothes, barbies, a new bike.
Do you like being the oldest? Not always.
Why not all the time? Because I have to go to school. HARD school.
Aren’t you a super student? No.
hmmm…weren’t you just chosen by your teachers as student of the month? Yes.
And didn’t you just make prinipal’s honor roll for a second grading period in a row? Yes.
So what’s not to like? Because it’s hard.
Do you love your siblings? Yes. What do you love about them? Noah, he’s funny. Eli he plays with me. Clara, she hugs me.
Do you love her hugs? Yes. I like how she says mmmm, while she hugs me.
What’s your favorite thing that has happened when you were ten? Probably getting my iPod and starting gymnastics.
What’s your favorite food? Macaroni and cheese
Your favorite dessert? Cake with lots of frosting
Your favorite vegetable? Peas.
Your favorite fruit? Apples
Any specific kind? I love Jazz and fuji apples.
What’s your favorite color? Blue, green or aqua.
What do you love about your mom? She’s pretty and nice and awesome and she helps me.
What do you love about your Dad? He’s nice and funny and awesome and he lets me buy gum at the store.
Hmm…I should probably talk to him about that? What? No!
Do you feel like you’re going to be 11? No.
How old do you feel? 45.
Are you enjoying having a new dog? Your first real pet ever? Yes.
Tell me why? Because she’s cute and tiny and she’s fun to play with sometimes. And she’s cute when she’s sleeping.
What do you plan to be when you’re older? A meteorologist.
What’s your favorite weather phenomenon? Tornado season is my favorite.
Who is your favorite meteorologist? Reed Timmer, he’s also a storm chaser.
If you could do ANYTHING for your birthday tomorrow, what would you do? I would let Jenna, my cousin come to my party, I would want everyone to come and I could make them bracelets and give everyone hugs.
You’re a very sweet girl. Thanks.
Your Mom loves you. I know. I love you, too.