Thursday, March 12, 2009

Happy Day!





I've been a momma for twelve years today. Actually, when I became a mother, I told Shane I would not be called momma. Ever. It was just too Southern (read: hick). I guess now the word is more in vogue, but somehow it's grown on me anyway.

Ashlyn was a textbook pregnancy and delivery (translation-LONG labor as a first timer). We drove home out of the hospital transformed into the most cautious drivers ever.

At home Shane and I cried for days. We were simply in awe of the amazing blessing a newborn brings, and possibly a little sleep deprived.
We are still in awe of how God works using children in our lives. Most of the growth in me is a result of dying to self while mothering. Twelve years is not enough time to have "arrived" for sure, but Ashlyn has also made my mothering tasks much easier. She's been a typical first born leader and helper. There are challenges with being born 40 but still being a child. The word "challenge" becomes more euphemistic as we get into the tween years, but all in all, the last dozen years with Ashlyn has been joyful and rewarding. I'm proud of my girl who walks to the beat of her own pink tomboy drum.

Happy Birthday Hollywood!

10 comments:

Summer said...

Ahh she looks so pretty and grown-up with her hair all done like that :) What a good girl you got there! I think she and my Season are a lot alike. Happy day to you both!

D Unstoppable Mom said...

I love her hair!! She needs to wear it like that a lot!!!!
Happy birthday my friend Ash! I love you!!! Happy Mothering Anniversary Wendy! You are awesome!

D Unstoppable Mom said...

Oh, BTW, she gives me hope that my tomboy will turn into a girl someday!!!

Ash said...

Not pretty summer, but like, raging awesome, right? :)
Now little lady who says this:

"Oh, BTW, she gives me hope that my tomboy will turn into a girl someday!!!" D Unstoppable Mom-
That will cost you dearly.. watch it! :)

Raoulysgirl said...

She's beautiful! Happy birthday to her...and Happy Day-of-Becoming-a-Momma to you!!! My oldest (just turned 8) is a pink tomboy also! One of the best pieces of advice that I got (and I feel like you will understand that this is NOT some sicko comment) was to undress my child as soon as I got her home from the hospital and look at how BEAUTIFUL she was!!! I did...and she was!!! She is what made me into the weepy bag of emotions that I now am...my second upped the ante!!! Here's to first babies AND the mothers (and fathers!) who LOVE THEM UNCONDITIONALLY!!!!!!!

Wendy said...

Ashlyn's been touched by all of y'all's comments today-thanks :)

Raouslysgirl, I know exactly what you mean. On a similar note, we realized too late that the only pics we had with Ashlyn as a very new newborn were a big wad of blankets with a newborn head sticking out. I made sure with my next kids to get them down to a diaper or maybe a Onesie for some pictures. Right now, our 4 month old's fat rolls are the cutest things on the planet-especially at the tops of her little legs :)

Gotta love a nekkid baby!

someone less raging awesome than ash said...

Yes Ashlyn. thanks for the correction. You're def. layin' down some ragingawesomeness!

Raoulysgirl said...

I'm SO glad you understand what I mean! I tried to pass this bit of advice on to another new mommy and she looked at me like I was some kind of pervert! It breaks my heart that simple things like that are looked upon as wrong because of the thoughts and actions of others. Glad I've found a new friend who understands!!!!

Supermom2JakeAndEmmy said...

Happy Birthday Ashie!! Garrett's was today too! I didn't know y'all had the same birthday! What's up with that?? ;-)

Wendy, she's getting so pretty . . . I just can't say that enough, LOL.

Jessica said...

re: Momma... when I first became a mom, I thought I'd have everyone call me Mama when they grew out of the mommy stage... (not Momma) because that's what my parents called my grandma & my dad referred to my mom as...

Well, we've got 2 mommas in the house: an almost 10 year old momma-cat (who became snotty to her babies after we had her spayed, but momma-girl still stuck)..and an unknown-age momma dog.. so I'm either Mom or Mommy... hehehe...