Happy Birthday, Rea-Rea!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010 6 Comments A+ a-

Two years ago, she broke the mold and arrived 13 days early in a somewhat traumatic fashion.  Two years ago I cuddled the five pound, 10 oz bundle of baby girl, the only one of our children whose gender we didn’t find out before-hand, and marveled at the tiny preemie clothes that fit her.  It has been a whirlwind of two years as we got to know our second daughter, her quirks, her personality, the idiosyncrasies that make her distinctly Reagan.

ReaganLittleSisterCollageHappy Birthday to the Little Sister… who is determined to make her mark… who tries so very hard to prove herself… who feels that if Devyn and Hudson can do it, she can do it better… who will toe the line just to tease Hudson mercilessly… who will play dolls and house with Devyn or cars with Hudson… who not only takes it, but dishes it out.

ReaganBigSisterCollageHappy Birthday to the Big Sister… who acclimated to a newborn far better than I ever imagined… who brings blankets when she feels Ashlynn is cold… who plugs a cry with a pacifier and is more than willing to share her own… who insists on equal holding time… who whispers “Hi Baby” before sharing a kiss.

ReaganCollage2Happy Birthday to the Daughter… who shares an impish smile before doing something she knows is wrong… who glances over her shoulder as she tests the limit to see if we’re watching… who grabs our hands and begs for a dance… who will cuddle into our shoulder as she tires out… who pulls out her paci before leaning in for a gentle kiss… who astounds us with her extensive vocabulary… who can’t hide a thought or emotion from us with her expressive face… who brightens our lives just by existing.

ReaganCollage1Happy Birthday to the Girl…  who sings to herself or to her dolls… who will tell stories in her jibberish… who likes to “read” in bed before she falls asleep… who needs enough sleep, and to wake up on her own, or there is a price to pay… who needs a full tummy to stay in a good mood… who will wag her finger at her mother in a clear “Get that camera out of my face” way… who is hilarious… and bright… and temperamental… and feisty… and ours.

Happy Birthday, Reagan Jacqueline!  Life would be so boring without you!

I’m a coffee drinking, book reading, laundry procrastinating, husband and children loving, mess of a woman who believes that chips and salsa can fix anything. We have chickens running around the backyard, a mountain of dishes in the sink, and on any given morning, I have at least 10 school forms that need my signature or initials. It’s a crazy life {I prefer to call it controlled chaos}, but its ours.

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Courtney
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8:09 AM delete

That pictures of Reagan shaking her finger is too funny! Happy birthday to Sassy Ms. Rea!

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Amy...
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10:51 AM delete

Happy birthday to the girl who leaves her mark wherever she goes...and the one who officially gave me baby fever and the longing for a little girl just like her:)Love you Reagan!!

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Angie
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8:52 PM delete

Happy Birthday to Reagan...she is a doll!!

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Paula
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7:35 PM delete

I remember her birth through blogging. Funny how I feel connected. Like I "know" her??? LOL!! She's a doll...all your kids are. I really like her finger up...hey momma she says!!! Cute!! Happy Birthday to your little girl!!!

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Marianne
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9:43 PM delete

Can't believe it's been TWO years!! Happy Birthday little Reagan!!!! Happy Birthday!!

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Anonymous
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9:18 AM delete

Jenn, I LOVE this post and the pictures!!! You have caught her perfectly, both in words AND pictures!!! Sassy and loving and like you said, "making her own mark!" We love her!! Happy 2nd Birthday to Miss Reagan Rae!! =)
Love, Mom

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