I love birthdays – truly, I always have. Of course, growing up, my own birthday was my favorite day of the year. I mean, who doesn’t like a whole day just to dedicated to themselves?
However, since I have experienced the actual birthing part of birthdays, my new favorite birthdays are the two that I get to spend celebrating my baby girls. This week, I get to spend time celebrating my oldest baby, Maylie, as she somehow is already turning eight.
While I know that it’s not a crazy huge milestone like double-digits or teenage years, to me, it still is a big deal. In fact, every single birthday is a big deal to me. Maybe, it is because the days seem to go by faster and faster all the time, but birthdays have a way of slowing it down – even if only for the day – to really reminisce and soak up the life that is being celebrated.
And, I’ll be honest, while I try my best to make sure that my Maylie knows just how very special she is every day, sometimes, life just gets in the way. It’s like when you are in the full swing of things literally trying to just get through the events of the day to make it to the next, and sometimes the specialness of each and every day falls by the wayside.
One second, you are trying to teach all the independence to just catch a much-needed break of being needed all the time – let go of my hand and walk on your own, your clothes are laid out, go ahead and get dressed, all clean – you successfully can wipe your own booty now. And the next second, it’s like wow, you really don’t need me for much at all anymore. Like, we work so hard to make them independent and not have to rely on us for everything and then one day we wake up and long for them to just want to rely on us for at least some things.
And guys, I don’t even care how cliché it is, time seriously goes so fast. It actually blows my mind that as of this week, I have been a mother for 8 years. That this girl, my Maylie, has been blessing all of the people around her for the last 2920 days.
Because, truly, that is what this little girl is – a huge blessing to all those who have the pleasure of knowing her. With one of the biggest hearts that I have ever witnessed, Maylie’s ability to empathize with anyone and everyone – even complete strangers – reveals just how much love she has to give.
Although sometimes coming off as soft-spoken, when Maylie is in her element – whether it is playing with her closest friends, reading chapter books out loud to her sister at bedtime or dancing on the big stage, this girl brings it.
Born a borderline perfectionist, Maylie throws her all into everything that she does. Unfortunately, sometimes almost to her detriment, this means that she is also her biggest critic. But, the passion that she brings to the table is not only downright admirable, it is also impressive. Her ability to persevere through any task that is handed to her, makes me proud in ways that she may never know.
And that sweet face of hers, one thing extremely unique about Maylie is that she has the exact same face she had as that little baby that I rocked in my arms for so many nights so many years ago. That sounds weird huh? Of course, she has the same face. But, I mean, the SAME. EXACT. FACE.
Look, I have another kid – and she has changed her looks about 100 times in the last 5 years. But, not Maylie. There is something persistent about her – much like the way she tackles different obstacles in life. It’s special and magical and one thing that leaves me in awe.
And so, this week, I am excited to be celebrating the birth of this precious baby girl that turned my life into something more meaningful than I could have ever imagined. I cannot wait to watch the giddy look take over her familiar face as she soaks up all the attention of a full day just to celebrate her.
While it is bittersweet that she is one more year further from me and closer to the big world out there, we are going to celebrate eight years of unconditional love, endless laughter, lessons learned and so much fun together.
After all, birthdays are my favorite – and she just happens to be one of my two most favorite things to celebrate.
Happy 8th Birthday, Maylie Jane. I love you so very much.
Sarah (Pitson) Shrader was born and raised in Lima. She is a Lima Central Catholic and Tiffin University graduate. Sarah is a full-time working mama who enjoys writing about her somewhat crazy, always adventurous life as a mother. She lives in Bath Township with her husband, Paul, and their daughters, her writing inspirations, Maylie and Reagan.