1719 - Robinson Crusoe is published
1859 - Ground broken for Suez Canal
1945 - Allies and Russians link up, cutting Germany in two
1990 - Space Shuttle Discovery places Hubble Telescope in orbit
2005 - Gremlin Manic is born
Clear as day, I can see Daddy doing that rhythmic, baby bounce-and-walk, holding you close in the labor and delivery room, speaking softly to you. That was the first moment I saw you. And I loved you, instantly. Thanks to an emergency c-section and Dad needing to care for your big brother, you and I had more alone time those first few days than HRH and I did. I sat on the narrow hospital bed with you on my lap and we checked each other out.
Between visits from Gram and Nana, from aunties, uncles, and cousins, I played with your fingers and toes. I smiled at you and talked to you for hours on end. I noted the difference in your 6 pound 14 ounce frame to your preemie "big" brother's 5 pounds, 9 ounces. I became frustrated by your lack of nursing cooperation and I noticed how LOUDLY you did everything. From breathing, to snoring, to diapers, you made your presence known. Daddy and I introduced you to your big brother and our family was complete.
Every night, for the past five years, we've said our God blesses. Every night, we end our God blesses with "and God bless everyone else we love. And I...love...you..."
Happy Birthday, my perfect, funny, smart, sensitive, clever, not-so-little Gremlin, I love you. More every day.
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