Sunday, February 1, 2009

Happy (Belated) 11th Birthday Bethany!

January 29th was my daughter's 11th birthday. I meant to post something then, but I've been sick for the past week with a nasty cold. I'm finally starting to feel better now. If there's anything in my life that makes me feel old, knowing that I'm now officially the mom of a preteen (yes, Bethany likes to inform me that she's a preteen now) is it, ha, ha! Only two more years until she's officially a teenager - yikes! How can it be that dating, driving, and high school are only a few years away??? Gulp!

It really doesn't feel like it was that long ago that Bethany was this little:
Now I have this almost as tall as me, going through puberty, becoming concerned about clothes, and hairstyles, talking about what's cool and what isn't from a 5th graders' perspective (apparently the kids in her class spend a lot of time discussing that), wanting a cell phone, and looking forward to be old enough to babysit, preteen.
But I also have a smart, funny, creative, sweet, pretty girl, and I'm proud to be her mom. She made me especially proud the other day when she told me that even though her little brother (Dominic) annoys her sometimes, that she still loves him. Awww!

Although the 29th marked a happy occasion in my life, it also marked a sad one. My dad passed away 4 years ago this month. His funeral fell on Bethany's 7th birthday. I thought it would be fitting to post this:
This is me (a much thinner me - I actually weighed less 9 months pregnant with Bethany than I do now -sigh...) and my dad at my older sister Desiree's wedding in 1997. I was 5 months pregnant with Bethany in this photo. I still miss my dad a lot, but I'm thankful for the time I had with him, and I take comfort in knowing that he's no longer sick or in pain.

I also have something wonderful to remember my dad by - my black and white kitty, Stormy (AKA "Mitten" because of her little white mitten paws). I was going through a really rough period in my life in the winter of 2001, personally, financially, and health wise. My colon became infected and ruptured unexpectedly, requring me to have emergency surgery to remove a foot and a half of my colon. I spent a week in an ICU, and came home with a colostomy. My other black and white kitty at the time, Sasha, who I had for 6 years, got lost right before I went to the hospital. The local animal shelter found him a few weeks later, but he died at the shelter the next morning, before I had a chance to come pick him up. I was heartbroken, and it was a lot to deal with so soon after my surgery.

A few days later, my dad and brother went to the drugstore, and my dad saw a tiny black and white cat wandering around in the parking lot, freezing, and trying to get into the store - my Stormy. My brother grabbed her, and they brought her home for me, and it did a lot to cheer me up. I still have her now, 7 years later, and she holds special meaning to me, since my dad found her. Happy belated birthday, Bethany! And rest in peace, Dad.


Bezzie said...

Awwww....I love the story about your cat!!!

Happy Birthday Bethany!

Don't you love the way kids age you?

Deneen said...

First off, I read all your posts, just haven't had time to comment properly and don't comment unless it's a "real comment" and I haven't had time. I have time today.

It's amazing how quickly time goes by with the kids, yet as the parent, I don't feel like I've aged anymore. Denial perhaps?

I look at my daughter, who has his puberty at age 9 and shake my head daily.

Happy belated birthday to both her and Dominic (I know it was recent and I missed that).

The cat story is nice-memories like that are priceless.

Hugs to all of you.

Meilynne said...

It's amazing how she's grown over the years, but yet her eyes are still the same. Beautiful!

Christina said...

That's a great cat story!

Happy Birthday Bethany! Laura, she's got the same face as when she was a baby. She's going to quite the heartbreaker as she gets older.

Katrina said...

Happy Belated B'day to Bethany! I think she looks a lot like you on your picture with your Dad.

naida said...

I dont know how I missed this post!
They do grow up too fast.
I know what you mean, my son will be 13 in May and he is as tall as me already.

What a sweet post, you guys all look great. Its always nice to reminisce on the good times.