November 16, 2016

And Now She's A Teenager

Dear Sadie,

Today you became a TEENAGER.  I can not for the life of me figure out how this is possible since I don't feel a day over 23.  This morning I was remembering when you were born.  You were a stubborn little thing and I was pretty convinced you were never going to decide to take up residence outside the womb.  I waddled into the hospital at 41 weeks pregnant for an induction.  They hooked me up to the pitocin.  And nothing.  Not one single little thing happened.  They finally told me to go home, eat some spicy food and come back in a couple of days.  Listen, love.  I hope if you ever have a baby that they don't send you home from the hospital when you are 41 weeks pregnant.  You will think about just digging a hole in the backyard and crawling in because you will feel that defeated.  

I waited a few more days then waddled back into the hospital determined to will you out of my body.  Dr. Reed came in and took pity on me and broke my water to get things moving.  It's strange the things I remember and the things I've blocked out.  I remember them asking me a million times if I needed an epidural.  I had no insurance so I declined an epidural.  They'd told me that an epidural was $1000 cash up front so with each contraction I pictured myself saving $10 bills.  

Papaw Johnny bought a newspaper and sat in the delivery room reading the newspaper.  I think he was nervous because he didn't talk at all.  Just sat and read and when he finally read the entire newspaper he got up and left.  Dad's don't handle their baby girls in pain!  (I'm sure your daddy will be the same way!)  GranMary and my friend, Jessica, rubbed my legs like their lives depended on it. Daddy was on ice chip and Popsicle duty.  I think I only yelled at him once to get the video camera out of my face.  ( I mean, seriously.  Who wants to have a camera in their face while they try to force a baby out into the world.)  It's all kind of a blur.  

You were finally born after a short 7 hour labor.  Nothing too eventful, which I was thankful for.

November 16, 2003
 Since you were the first grandchild born on either side, you had a constant stream of family and friends that came to witness your perfection.  Aunt Kennethia was so proud to be an aunt that I think she brought every coworker she's ever had to the hospital so they could ooooh and ahhhhh over you.  You were adored like no other child in the history of ever.  You were passed around until I was certain you would be sore. 

You were such a good baby.  You never cried.  You smiled all the time.  You ate like a champ and you slept 8 hours at a stretch when you were only 3 weeks old.  I could have had 4908234 babies if they would have all been like you.  I also feel like I could have 32983602 teenagers if they are all like you.  I keep waiting for you to turn into a monster, but I enjoy you more and more every day.  You are just a fun kid to hang out with.

First day of 7th grade

You are such a kind, intelligent and considerate young lady.  I am so proud of the woman you are becoming.  You are such a joy to parent (however, if you go on a rebellious streak, I reserve the right to retract that statement)  I feel so honored to get to be your mom. You are so loved!


Sadie's Birthday Interview

**** The tradition in our home is for me to "interview" the kids each year on their birthday.  You can see Sadie's other interviews by clicking on 201520142013,  2012201120102009.)  I love watching how their answers change over the years but how the fundamental aspects of their personalities stay the same. ****

Me: If a genie would grant you only one wish, what would it be?
Sadie: I don't really have a wish.  I mean, I think I'd pull off one of those cool Aladdin things where I'd set the genie free.

Me: What do you want to be when you grow up?
Sadie:  A pastry chef

Me: Do you want to get married when you grow up?
Sadie: yeah.
Me: Do you want to have children?
Sadie:  I think so.
Me:  How many?
Sadie:  Two or three probably
Me:  In years past, you've said you wanted more kids than that.  What has made you change your mind?
Sadie:  I think it's that in our family I like having four kids.  But I know I couldn't take care of that many kids with the job that I want to have.
Me:  You go girl.  Live that dream.

Me: Do you feel different now that you are thirteen?
Sadie: Not really.

Me: What is your favorite color and why?
Sadie:  I like the color orange and it used to be because it was Peeta's favorite in The Hunger Games, but now I just really like it.

Me: Who is your best friend and why do you like them?
Sadie:  Lucy and Kaylee are my best friends.  I think Lucy is a good friend to talk about school and boys with.  And Kaylee, we just talk about random stuff.

Me: What is your favorite TV show?
Sadie:  Once Upon A Time and Gilmore Girls

Me: What do you like most about school?
Sadie: I like my language arts teacher.  She's awesome.
Me:  What is it that you like about her.
Sadie:  She's just really independent and young and just a good role model.

Me: What is your favorite thing about yourself?
Sadie:  I like that I've had the same friends for a long time, but also that I've made some new friends.

Me: What do you think is the most exciting thing that's happened to you this year?
Sadie:  I guess this birthday is the most exciting because now I'm considered a teenager and that feels like a big deal.

Me: What is your favorite song?
Sadie: I'm really into Frank Sinatra lately.
Me:  You may be the only teenager on the planet to say Frank.
Sadie:  Probably so!

Me: What is your very favorite thing to do?
Sadie:  Read and talk to my friends.

Me: What is your favorite thing about Noah?
Sadie: He's very encouraging and I like to play games with him.  He is my go-to person.

Me? What is your favorite thing about Miles?
Sadie:  He's very energetic.

Me:  What's you favorite thing about Scarlett?
Sadie:  She's very creative and she always has ideas of creative things to do.

Me:  Tell me what your perfect day would look like.
Sadie:  Sleep in late.  Stay up late.  Watch lots and lots of Gilmore Girls and carry out Cheesecake Factory.

Me:  Tell me what you think your life will look like in 10 years.
Sadie:  Hmmm, 10 years... I'll be 23.  I'll probably just be graduating college. So I'll need to get a job.

Me:  What do you want your mark on the world to be?
Sadie:  I want to be known for making the best chocolate cupcakes in Simpsonville.

Me:  What do you think was the most difficult part of the last year.
Sadie:  Sister drama.

Me:  What are your three favorite memories from the last year?
Sadie:  I liked going to Destin with our family.  I like last year's Christmas.  It was just a lot of fun and I got presents that I really, really enjoyed.  And probably baking things for my business.
Me:  You've been in business for over a year now!  That's a huge accomplishment!

Me:  What do you think about boys?
Sadie:  The ones at my school... they are not very cute.
Me:  What about boys at other schools.
Sadie:  No comment!!!! (Smile as wide as the Texas sky)

Food: Mexican Food (always orders quesadilla fajitas)
Book: I liked the Lunar Chronicles and The Selection Series that I read this year.
Movie: Finding Dory and The Twilight Saga- but mostly I'm a TV girl
Activity to do on one on one time with a parent:  shopping with mommy and riding to school with Daddy in the mornings
Activity to do with friends: eat lunch together and talk
Sport: softball
Candy: sour patch kids and white chocolate Kit Kats and dum dum suckers
Ice Cream: cookie dough



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