It turned out Grandma was right. On the morning of the following Sunday, July 8, my water broke. Delaney had decided she wasn't going to waste another day in my belly. It was time to come out and join the world! She was born early that afternoon, a little meatball with wild dark hair and a button nose. We took her home on one of the hottest days of the year (like I said, New England). I remember what a shock it was when, after 48 hours in a climate-controlled hospital, I was rolled out the door with a carseat on my lap, a tiny bundle inside. Our daughter, Delaney Grace.. Like all new parents, we were awed and mystified. Who was she?
|I rode home in the backseat with her. After watching countless episodes of 'Bringing Home Baby', it seemed like the thing to do.|
She is an amazingly mild-mannered kid, and always has been. I don't think she's ever thrown a tantrum. Anyone who doesn't get along with Delaney is trying hard not to. (Ahem -- Annie.) She is very even-tempered, and as someone who has a tendency to be moody, I appreciate that steadiness and predictability in a person. She must get that from her dad. We don't need to wonder from minute to minute which Delaney we are dealing with. She can always be relied on to be her kind and sweet self.
I know I should be getting teary-eyed and sentimental, saying, "Where did the time go? I just had her yesterday." Yes, there's some of that going through my mind, but mostly I'm just excited for her. Turning 5 opens up a world of experiences that she can now have because she's no longer held back by just being a little kid, a preschooler, a toddler. She'll start kindergarten this fall. She'll ride a bus, and she'll get to try a sport or other activity. She'll attend Faith Formation at church every week. She'll meet new friends. She'll be tired at the end of the day, and the only time I'll hear her ask, "What are we doing..?" will be during vacations.
I know she's ready. I am looking forward to telling you all about Delaney's new adventures!