The day that changed my life. December 5, 2005.
I am not the same person I was back then. Aurelia changed my life for the better. It’s been 9 years since I became a mother for the first time. She started it all (and somehow convinced me I was capable of having three more after her!).
I remember that cold Chicago day. I wasn’t due with her for another 4 weeks. I was in denial I was in labor. Surely contractions 4 minutes part and 2 minutes long were braxton hicks; surely!
The past nine years have been transformational. In some ways she’s exactly like me and in other ways she’s completely different from me. We have days where we see eye to eye and other days where we clash. She pushes me to be a better mom and just overall better person.
Aurelia has such an incredibly loving heart. She has this ability to be calm and extremely patient with her younger sisters. She wants everyone to get along.
She is a 9 year old and loves to dig in the dirt. I think that’s awesome! She is still naive to the mean girl thing that seems to plague our this generation of children. I’m unsure if that is because that is just who she is or it’s because she isn’t in public school or what.
She comes up from behind me, closed her eyes, inhales, wraps her arms around me, and exhales. The. Best. Feeling. I melt inside when she does that.
So much has happened in 9 years. I’m enjoying watching her grow. It’s all going so fast. Nine years old. Wow. This is her last year in the single digits.
She has her personality pretty much in place. Her brain is working and developing at an amazing rate. She is thinking all of the time. Sleep just isn’t a priority to her. I am loving watching the fruits of unschooling ripen as she grows up. She loves to learn. She soaks up so much still. She isn’t bored of exploring her world or learning.
She is still so naive about many things. This is a good thing, in my opinion. She is enjoying being a kid. That is what I wanted for her; to be a kid as long as possible. To play in the dirt. To explore her world. To try things. To be excited about life. It’s absolutely the coolest thing in the world to watch it all come to fruition.
Happy Birthday, Aurelia. You’re an incredibly awesome person. I love hanging out with you, listening to your new found whistling talents, your discovery of new things daily, your thoughts and opinions about the world, and your overall curiosity about everything. I’m so glad you are in my life.