When I was three, and free to explore


When I told Mary Virginia that I was excited for her birthday and she said, “Mo-o-mmy, excited is only for kids!”

Whoops. Perhaps I should work on my enthusiasm.

We are celebrating with ducks, purple, Cinderella, and 36 cupcakes. Everything that makes Mary Virginia light up.

Three years ago today Tom went to a concert and I went to bed early because I was 39 weeks and 6 days pregnant, and complaining about being pregnant takes a lot of energy.

Two hours later I woke up and my water broke and, well, I haven’t slept since.

After eleven hours of labor, I held Mary Virginia for the very first time. From that first moment she has challenged and charmed me, and whenever I look at her I think about how even though I always dreamed I would one day have a daughter, I had no idea how incredible she would be.

Happy, happy birthday to my wonderful Mare Bear.




  1. Meredith June 7, 2016

    My nickname was mere bear Happy birthday Mary Virginia!

  2. Meredith June 7, 2016

    Well that looks odd with no punctuation and my emoji didn’t publish. Sorry 🙂


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