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Monday, December 6, 2010

Sweet Birthday

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Our sweet third born daughter turned Nine Years Old today.  (I am posting this many days late!)  I can not believe that my Peanut is nine!  It sound cliche but it really does seem like yesterday that she was a newborn in the hospital just quietly looking around at everyone.  She was such a quiet baby.  She was always watching but very quiet.  She was so quiet in fact, that she didn't start really talking until she was over 18months.  After the first started talking at 4mo and the next around 6mo -and I mean full words here- this freaked me out.  I could tell that H understood us because she would respond and her eyes would dart to what we were talking about.  She just wouldn't talk.  So we taught her sign language.  She caught on quickly and used it like crazy.  The older two tried to hover and anticipate her moves, but I wouldn't let them.  I knew that the third child could get 'lost' if we weren't diligent and I wanted her to have her own place and her own voice.  Even if she didn't!

When H was just over 18 months old I was worried that she wouldn't talk.  I was on the verge of taking her to a specialist or something.  Then she looked at me one day and said, "Mom, can you get me some water?"  Seriously.  I almost passed out!  From then on, she has only spoken when she has something to say.

H remains our quiet, thoughtful child who has the sweetest spirit.  She is kind and compassionate and has an incredibly sharp mind that she puts to use by watching everything all the time.  Nothing much passes by her.  We sometimes think that she isn't paying attention or that she is zoning only to find out later that she was paying attention and even more than we thought!  Her soulful eyes are ever watching for a way to help and encourage.

I can not wait to see what God has planned for this amazing little lady.  Love you, Peanut!


Kristine said...

Happy birthday (even if it is a little belated)! There is a(t least one) Bible verse about using words wisely, but I can't find it quickly here. :)

DeEtta @ Courageous Joy said...

She's gorgeous - and speaking few words can only be a blessing as she chooses them more wisely than most of us. Our 13 yo is like this.

Dawn said...

She looks (and sounds) like a very special little lady. Thank you for sharing!