It's Sarah's first birthday. One year ago today I went in for my doctor's appointment the day after my due date to find that I was already dialated 5 cm. I went to the hospital, sat around and read magazines while I waited for things to get going, and after only 2 hours of real labor, Sarah was delivered by a team of awesome nurses. She came so quickly that the doctor didn't show up till about 20 minutes after her birth. I spent the rest of the afternoon snuggling my sweet new baby and visiting with friends and family who dropped by. I told Billy that it felt like I had hardly done anything that day. I was prepared for 18 hours of labor like I'd had with Elizabeth, or 9 hours like I'd had with Silas. A two hour birth I'd only dreamed about!
Sarah was and is our sweet, easygoing, happy little joy. She loves to cuddle and snuggle and she looks for Billy first thing each morning. Her day isn't started right until she's hugged her Daddy. She loves to play with Silas and Elizabeth, and she copies everything they do--singing, dancing, talking on the phone. When anyone cries, she runs to pat, hug, and comfort them. She loves to play outside and she bounces up and down when she hears anyone say "Go". She understands a lot and says a few words--Mama, Dada, Sih-sih (Sister) and Bubba, hot, bite please, up, dat for "that". She also says a lot of words that she obviously understands but we don't. She started walking at 10 months and now almost runs. Her hair is long enough for bows and barrettes, but so fine that they usually slide right out. I'm sure there are lots more things I should write about her, and I wish each of our friends and family who read this could see her. She's a doll, and we can't imagine life without her. Happy birthday Baby Girl!