It almost feels irreverent not to take pause on the 23rd of October and marvel at all that happened the day I first met Hadley. So I kept watch of the clock and noted what I was doing 4 years ago on the 23rd: Staring at the recieving blanket and hat draped across the baby table next to where I was, pressing the button that increases the "juice" for the epidural, eating an ice chip and thinking it was the tastiest thing God created, and of course, holding Hadley for the first time. I remember when the doctor asked me what her name was, I was thinking, "Don't you know? It's Hadley! Have I not said it outloud yet? This is my girl, Hadley."
My mom and dad, and brother and sister-in-law all came this weekend to celebrate Hadley turning 4. I know Hadley had a fabulous time. We played with the new toys, did lots of coloring, went to the park, had birthday cake, and took a trip to Port Discovery. I don't know if Hadley can pick out a favorite time of the weekend. For me, it was the point when we were driving home from Baltimore and Jesse squeezed my hand when we passed Holy Cross Hospital. "That's where we were 4 years ago today." Our travels in and around the Beltway have never been the same since.
Here are some pictures of the weekend:
Trying to make the world's largest bubble in the Water Room at Port Discovery.
I think the water room was the girls' favorite room at the museum. Hadley is working on a "will it sink or float" project.
He's mad at me here because I told him it was time to get out of the darn net and come and eat lunch, for Pete's sake.
And of course, there was birthday cake. Hadley requested a chocolate cake with "lots of little candles and one big '4' candle." Check.
You might think I'm in the middle of singing "Happy Birthday" to my daughter, but what is really happening is I'm saying, "I actually made this with no disaster! At all!"
I am writing this on the 25th of October. Four years ago today, we brought Hadley home from the hospital. I remember driving home and thinking I've never seen such colorful leaves on the trees before. I remember Jesse putting Hadley, who was sound asleep in her carseat, down in the living room and she immediately started screaming. I don't think I remember much more about the 25th except that when I think back to those first few days, everything was so new and fresh. And of all the things that have changed since we've had kids, that is one thing that has stayed the same.