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A Year Ago

March 12, 2009
A year ago today our entire family of almost six was spending "quality time" together at an extended stay hotel in Eau Claire, Wisconsin anxiously awaiting the day our new baby would make us a family of six! For those of you who are unfamiliar with our birth stories you might find the attached newspaper article that was written about our family helpful :).

So much is going through my head tonight as I think back to our lives one year ago. Jack, Megan, and Sophie were so excited, or maybe more anxious, about having a new baby in our family. My mom came to take the kids back to her house the night before Lucy's birth since we knew that we were going in for an induction at 7:00 AM the following morning. It was difficult buckling all of them up in my mom's car and saying good-bye to each of them knowing that the next time I would see them they would be a big brother and big sisters to who ever it was I holding in my belly. I remember being worried about the induction since I am such a "do not mess with nature" kind of gal, but there is something about staying in a hotel for two weeks with three small kids that can change your mind about certain things. Not to mention the fact that I was very uncomfortable throughout most of my pregnancy and often told Drew to remind me of it if I ever got nostalgic and missed being pregnant. Trust me, he has stuck to his promise! The night before Lucy's birth Drew and I shed some tears of fear and excitement with our dear friends Mike and Franci and then went out for sushi to celebrate what was about to happen.

All my worries about induction went out with the breaking of my water the next morning at 9:00 AM. Labor began and there we were again feeling just as excited, but not quite as nervous, as we did on our other children's birthdays. Lucy Grace Marlett was born on March 12, 2008 at 1:19 pm. Our lives have never been the same since that moment! Seeing your new baby brings meaning to the expression "love at first sight." Drew and I sat in awe of our newest creation for hours examining her every feature, wondering who she looked most like, and where she got her red hair from! Shedding tears of joy and relief that both she and I were healthy. Those moments will be forever ingrained in our memories!

Now one year later, we still sit and awe at our littlest creation, wondering what the future holds for her, and where her red hair came from! This past year has been filled with so much emotion! Happy Birthday Lucy Gracie, we are thrilled to be celebrating this day with you!

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Alicia Lanahan said...

Happy Birthday LUCY!!!!