RUBY’S 5th BIRTHDAY!

DSC_0158(Here I go again, taking pictures of pictures….)  This is what I was doing five years ago!  Ruby Elizabeth was born weighing 8 lbs, 5 oz.  Sweet little booger that started the process of completely rockin’ my sleep world.  And I remember many things that day…not the least of which are realizing I wanted the medicine before the medicine before the epidural because I am such a wimp with pain, how good the McDonalds smelt while Josh ate it as I crunched ice waiting on Ruby to get here, pushing only thirty minutes, throwing up right after having her, mistaking my feet for the marshmallow man’s feet…who knew you would swell AFTER having the baby?!…BUT the greatest part by far was the second I saw her.  How amazing can child birth be???!!!  Such a miracle.  I can remember her tiny feet and hands, the way she loved laying on her Daddy’s chest each evening to nap, how I had to “coach” her into taking naps that lasted longer than 30 minutes, and how round and chubby her cheeks were from the very beginning.  I am amazed that five years have passed.  Ruby has been a big sister for most of her life.  She was 14 months old when we brought Molly home!  She is a great big sister to both Molly and Mack.  She has a fabulous imagination and is sometimes seen in restaurants using a spoon and fork as people.  They will have a full conversation, sing songs and more.  It’s hilarious.  She doesn’t like stray hairs…and so she doesn’t walk on my bathroom floor.  She will jump from rug to rug instead.  She can spot a hair a mile away and will holler for someone to come and get it.  If it gets on her, watch out.  She falls asleep very quickly and doesn’t suck her thumb or fingers or anything like that.  She is quite the compliant child–compared to Molly and Mack.  Her feelings get hurt easily, so I have to watch how I respond to her.   If she thinks you are laughing at her, she shuts down.  She rarely dresses in regular clothes around the house, but chooses all sorts of dress-up clothes (or less) instead.  She loves wrestling with her Daddy.  She is very competitive, too.  

There’s just a lot of change with her lately.  I think she has grown taller over the past month.  She has lost TWO teeth, turned FIVE YEARS OLD, and starts Kindergarten in just two and a half months.  Now I am not one to get mopey and sad about the little ones gaining independence…I have many times felt like I would never be out of this baby, needy, whiney, stage….but Ruby is my hope.  She is showing me that, clearly, they don’t always stay tiny.  Their needs change.  They can carry on great conversations, too.  I am very excited for her.  She is excited for her, too….all day long she has asked for special treatment because “it’s my birthday!!!”  Tomorrow will be quite a disappointment for her.  

DSC_0153This was her first birthday–she had hand, foot and mouth and something else.  Poor thing.  I guess the obscene amount of gifts made it bearable.  She was walking at 10 months and running by her first birthday.  I would walk around the house holding her hands for months because she never crawled, but wanted to walk and couldn’t yet.  It was tiring!  I can remember clear as yesterday setting her down in the living room with some toys one morning, walking into the kitchen to fix her bottle, then hearing something while I was standing at the sink.  I turned around and there she was in a white onsie with a HUGE grin on her face because she had walked all the way to the kitchen by herself.  That is a great memory.

DSC_0048Here she is on her 5th birthday!  Big difference.  

DSC_0149This is Ruby when she was about 4 months old.  Chubby. Cheeks.

DSC_0156This is her 3rd birthday.  She got her fish, Charlie–the one our cleaning lady (I miss her!!!) killed accidentally.

DSC_0154This is one of my all-time favorite pictures.  Molly is screaming her head off (obviously), and Ruby is just looking at her.  So funny.

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DSC_0017All of these pictures were taken this evening.  We baked cupcakes and sang “Happy Birthday” to her.  The day started with doughnuts and balloons….sugar, sugar, and more sugar.  My goodness.  I made her run laps around the dining room and living room a little while ago.  She loved it.  I hope it helps with all the extra energy!  But a quick story about this morning…Ruby woke up and was excited to see her “surprise.”  I told her to come with me to see it, but she said that she wanted to wake up Molly so that she could come and see the surprise with her.  It was soooo sweet.  I am so glad that they have each other.

I will post some more tomorrow about our fun time at MONKEY JOES and MCDONALDS with Katherine, Ben and Mrs. Mary.  I have tons of pictures to share.  I also want to include Mack eating his cupcake.  He is so stinkin’ cute!  Ruby had a wonderful day…stay tuned for the details!  I am pooped and can hardly hold my eyes open.  It’s only 7:30 pm.  I am old.

(Molly just walked up and said, “Who is that with the cheeks?”  talking about the 4 month old picture of Ruby.  hahahaha!!)