Thursday, October 28, 2010

Happy Birthday, Natalie!!

Our oldest child and daughter turned six years old yesterday!  It's kind of hard to believe.  It seems like just yesterday we were coming home from the hospital, and settling into our new roles as parents.

Her first day home.  Naturally, we thought she was the prettiest little thing ever!

Proud Daddy:

Our first picture as a family, after the beating and torture beauty that is natural childbirth:

  It didn't take me us long to realize that we had absolutely no idea what we were doing!  All she did was sleep in the hospital, so I thought for sure things would be just fine when we got home....hahahahahaha.  Reality kicked in, and between figuring out how to nurse this little bundle of joy and finding time to shower, I quickly realized that mothering was so much more than the pretty pictures they put in parenting magazines (although, those moments were often included with the struggles, as well).  

1 year old:

But, little by little, we are beginning to figure out how to work this whole parenting gig to our advantage =)  The last six years have been quite fun and interesting.  Not the easiest thing I've ever done, but most certainly the most fun and most rewarding.  

2 years old:

And, she can now even carry on a decent conversation (for hours and hours and hours...), help me with her little siblings, help me fix meals; I have someone to bake with, teach knitting and embroidering to, re-learn my Faith with;  I have a daughter to teach virtue to, to watch grow into a young lady, and she also teaches me so much about myself (like just how much I hate to be wrong and always have to have the last word....she is exactly the same way ;).  I wouldn't change a day of it for all the money in the world.

3 years old:
  I am so thankful to God for sending us such a wonderful, silly, beautiful, and spirited little girl to raise up in the Faith.  We love you Natalie!!!  Happy Birthday to a special and beautiful little lady =)

4 years old:

5 years old:
and, as of yesterday, 6 years old!! 


Lisa G. said...

She is beautiful!!! Happy Birthday!

And natural childbirth huh?! Did you do it again or was that your last "natural" birth? (I went natural with #1, couldn't make it with #2 but I fully intend on doing it for future births)

Cathy LeBlanc said...

Thanks! I have actually gone natural for all 3 so far, and fully in tend to for number 4, as well. Despite the fact that it is not exactly the most pleasant experience I have ever gone through, the benefits and rewards are worth the effort...besides, my fear of epidurals motivates me pretty well =)

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