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Friday, August 3, 2007

"Free" years old

Today, my "baby" is three. It is so hard for me to believe it's been three years since I had her, and yet at the same time, I realize there is a lot that I've already forgotten. I think I'm more emotional about her birthday this year because a new baby is just a few days away. I'm nervous about bringing a new baby home and having Scarlett feel like she's being replaced. I want her to know that these three years alone with her have been SO special, and that every day I thank God that He chose me to be her mom. I'm getting sappy, so I'll stop.

She still is not potty trained, is getting a little bossy and possessive, but on the flip side, there are things at this age that I love. I love watching her pretend, play with her friends, and love on her little cousin. I know that she will be a great big sister! Here's my little stroll down memory lane:

first family photo

first birthday party...having fun with Mimi

loving her Dora car for her second birthday

blowing out her three candles this year


Don and Lisa Osborn said...

Happy birthday, Scarlett Ann! You are such a sweet girl. I remember the first time I held you--you had the most beautiful ruby red lips. You were a beautiful baby and now you're a beautiful three year old.

Lindy sang "Happy Birthday" in your honor while she was sitting on the toilet this morning.

Have a special day.

Lisa (and Lindy, too)

Don and Lisa Osborn said...


It is completely natural to be reflective and even a bit sad as you celebrate Scarlett's birthday and await the birth of your next child.

You are a terrific mother and I am sure Scarlett will ALWAYS know you have a special place in your heart that is hers and hers alone.

It is hard to imagine loving another baby as much as you do her but I think God has a magnificent way of expanding our hearts in this situation.

Praying for your peace and comfort as you await the birth of baby O'Bryant.


Chera said...

I agree with Lisa on this one...I felt the exact same way with Kalyn before Sheldon was born! Kalyn still is and always will be my special baby girl, but Sheldon also has his own special place in my heart that only his! Hang in there and I'm thinking about you.

Love ya!

Marta said...

Happy birthday to Scarlett! Though we've only been in the 3s for 2 1/2 months now I'll just say that they are so much fun! It's amazing to watch them turn in to people not just babies anymore.

I was so nervous about Darby feeling abandoned or excluded when Sutton was born. I cried everytime she left the hospital after visiting us. I cried when she didn't want to sit with me but with Kyle's mom at "Happy Feet" a week after Sutton was born. It was hard. The truth was that Darby was fine the whole time. She ate up having time with all the family who came to visit. She loved having a new baby. And now she loves her baby brother. I know it's cliche but kids really are so resilient. And, while it's been ages since I've seen you face-to-face, there isn't a doubt in my mind that you are a fantastic mom who is going to do an incredible job making both of her children feel incredibly loved. God bless you and your sweet family as you prepare to welcome the newest member!

Amanda said...

How sweet! I'm sure that your love for her will not be missed even after the new baby comes along. I will be praying for you.