25 years ago today we were blessed with a baby girl, 7lbs 10oz – and we called her Ashlee Renee.
We have been so blessed by this little bundle of energy – and although 25 years ago we were living in a completely different place and were much younger things have not really changed that much. We are still the same people we always were – except that this little baby changed our lives – forever.
We thought we were prepared for a baby. No one is prepared – even with the planning and waiting (we waited 6 years), the financial security (or lack of it) and the books on babies and parenthood. A baby simply changes your life.
We dressed her up – put pretty bows on her once bald head and tried to make every moment count.
But along with the joy of having a little doll to dress up – what most people don’t plan for is sickness, long nights and days with no sleep, a fussy eater, a baby who won’t sleep anywhere except her own bed and trips to the ER for croup. At 10 months old Ashlee had complications from the flu with a high fever reaching 105 and had to be in the hospital. These were the tough times of having a baby.
Still she has been a light and joy in our lives. Stealing away any sense of privacy and sanity – babies are the best things in life.
Here’s to you Ashlee – you’re not a baby anymore – but I still remember you as one. One of my favorite memories of you as a little girl was when you were a flower girl at age 3.
Now you are a grown woman with a wonderful husband and home of your own. And you still continue to bless us.
You are loved and always in our prayers.