My initial goal was to find 18 pictures - one from each year - but, well, I am not quite that organized!
She was due January 6, 1996, and like any young naive first time Mom I was pretty convinced she would be right on time - I also felt huge, spent massive amounts of time laying on the couch and am still convinced to this day that she would stick her toes in-between my ribs on purpose! We had a snowstorm around the time she was due - one much like this year but more snow - roads drifted closed for days - Chris and his Dad spent 2 days and nights taking turns in the tractor clearing the road between our house and 44 (3.5 miles) so that when I went into labor we could get to a major road and to the hospital. My SIL was convinced we were going to be on the cover of the Daily Journal because Chris was going to have to take me to the hospital in the tractor.
Most of the snow melted and she still wasn't out, my next appointment I begged the Dr. to get her out-he scheduled an induction - I checked into the hospital on Jan 10 and at 12:30 pm Jan 11 she was born. I don't particularly remember everything but I know she didn't cry right away and all the blood had drained from Chris' face and I heard the Dr. say "This cord has a knot in it" - Chris says she was gray and he really thought something was wrong - I distinctly remember thinking "I knew she was doing somersaults in there" - looking back I am glad that I don't remember much else, Chris doesn't panic or scare easy but he was worried.
As soon as she was checked out and all her visitors got to see her I made my Mom and Dad go straight out and get me a footlong chili cheese dog from Dairy Queen!
When she was 3 weeks old - we packed her up and along with my Mom and Dad drove 18 hours to Goodland Kansas so she could meet my sister! While we were out there the temperature dropped well below zero - I still just shake my head and laugh!
I couldn't be more proud of the person she has become - she has accomplished amazing things in 18 years and I know the best for her is yet to come!
She got early acceptance to Iowa State University and while people keep asking me if it will be hard to let her go that far away I just don't see it - I am so excited for her that how I feel about letting her go is nothing for me to be concerned with - I am going to miss her so unbelievably much but as long as she is making her choices and is happy than how can I be sad.
You are my Sunshine Doodle Bug!
Happy 18th Birthday
The first thing she plans to do: buy a lottery ticket and a pack of cigarettes, no she doesn't smoke, she just wants to because she can!