Fifteen years ago, my dream came true. I became a momma. As Hallmark-y as it sounds, it was truly what I always wanted to be.
Fifteen years ago, right about now, I was "explaining" somewhat adamantly to a nurse that if she did not take me down to NICU soon to see my baby girl that I was going to walk my drugged behind down the hall, with said behind hanging out the back of my hospital gown for all the world to see. And given that I was, at that point, pretty medicated, the chances that I would fall in transit and sue and rename the hospital "Natalie's Exposed Hiney Memorial" were execeedingly high, she really needed to consider if she wanted to work in a hospital with that name on it.
She took me to NICU.
That moment, that day, when I looked at her through the glass, I made a million promises. Some I kept, some I tried to keep and failed and some, that involved ponies and castles and never letting her heart be broken ... well, some were just too grandiose to keep.
That said, you break her heart, and you will have to deal with me. I have already threatened to expose my hiney, fall and sue. You really wanna go up against me? I think not.
Alannah, thank you for showing me the ropes. Thank you for being such an amazing young woman. I wish I could take the credit for the beautiful person you are, inside and out, but I can't. You are a gift and a blessing and one I am certain I have never been worthy of. But, I promise to keep trying to be. And that's a promise that will go in the "KEPT" folder.
I love you. Happy 15th birthday!!!!
Love to all~