Thursday, April 23, 2009

It's been five years.

5 years ago today, I was terrified to have my first baby. She was still very safe inside of my belly...



22 hours of labor and 45 minutes of pushing, Ella Marie was introduced to the world...


At home, I was so exhausted and this picture shows it, but she was mine.



5 years later, I see this little girl, throwing me so much attitude ...


No matter what she is doing, she can always stop to give me a photo perfect pose...


I can, occassionally, surprise her with a kiss from mommy.


Ella. My beautiful 5 year old.



Happy Birthday my dear Ella, my first born. You are my sunshine. You are my everything.

40 comments:

Kristin said...

Happy Birthday Ella. You are just as beautiful as your mommy is.

The Captain's Wife said...

Awww. Happy Birthday pretty girl! You are becoming such a little lady....

Krista said...

Happy Birthday!

emilythehopeless said...

she's precious! happy birthday ella!! :)

Lisa said...

Happy birthday Ella! What a great tribute to your oldest little girl!

sacredandscarred said...

Happy birthday Ella!

Kerry said...

Happy Birthday Ella! She is adorable!

Seriously? - Erin said...

Happy Birthday! What a beauty, she is going to have to beat them off with a stick (or you and her dad will)!

Sarah R said...

Happy 5th birthday, Ella!

She is ~so~ gorgeous, Nancy!

Jennifer said...

Adorable homage to sweet Ella...she is beautiful...and now 5 years old! Have fun celebrating!

jill said...

She is beautiful :) Crazy what can happen in 5 years...

Poltzie said...

Aww, that was so sweet! Happy Birthday to your big girl!

areyoukiddingme said...

Happy Birthday Ella!

Amanda said...

Happy Birthday Ella!!!

Carrie27 said...

She is adorable and so alert when she was first born. I hope she has a great birthday!

Jenera said...

What a cutie! Happy birthday!

Lauren said...

Happy Birthday to Miss Ella!!!! You sure do pop out some amazingly gorgeous kids!!! Props to you!

Joe said...

Happy Birthday Ella!

KatieM said...

Seriously...it should be illegal to make children that beautiful!Such a sweet post. Happy Birthday dear Ella!

Beautiful Mess said...

Happy birthday Ella! Happy give-birthday to you, Nancy! My "baby" will be 12 on Sunday...send help!

Tara said...

SHE is absolutely gorgeous! What a beautiful little girl, Nancy.

Happy birthday Ella!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Ella!
Jewels.

Laurel said...

Happy birthday sweet girl!
I still can't believe she is 5. Seems like yesterday she was just learning to talk or for that matter calling me Earl instead of Laurel (I wish she still did that).
Baby girl you are so big and I just can't wait to continue to see who you are becoming!

Robin T said...

Happy Birthday Ella! She looks so much like you!!!!

Hollie said...

Happy Birthday precious girl!

Christina said...

Happy Birthday!! She totally looks like a mini verison of you!

Artblog said...

Beautiful kid you have there, she does look the split of you. Happy birthday to her :)

Morgan said...

Happy Birthday Ella!!

Elana Kahn said...

Happy Birthday, Ella!!! You are just adorable! :-)

MrsSpock said...

I love that little hand on the hip pose...Must get it from her mother!

Happy Birthday!

VBourgeois said...

Wow!!! Has it been 5 years?
Ella, Happy Birthday!!! You are very special to all of us but especially your family. Enjoy being 5; it's a fun age.

ak said...

Happy Birthday Ella! She really is a beautiful girl nancy - God bless her! My son is just a few months older; its quite an interesting age, as I'm sure you know. The attitudes, the big personalities, the things their little minds come up with - never ceases to amaze me! Enjoy it all passes so darn fast!

Parenthood For Me said...

She is so pretty. And she looked so cute right out of your belly!
Erica
ICLW

Wordgirl said...

Your kids are so beautiful Nancy -- no surprise -- look at their mama...and I remember that photo of you with Ella, its beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.

Happy Belated Bday...


And as a side note Nancy I have to say -- you? Scared? I don't believe it...

XO

Pam

hkleineweber said...

Happy belated Birtday Ella. Sooo cute!!!

You share your special day with my oldest. He turned 4 yesterday.

Nancy, we also share very similar birth stories, I was in labor for 21 hours and pushed for 2 hours and ended up with an emergency c-sec.

Jill said...

Happy Birthday, Ella! What a beautiful girl you are!

Mr. Shelby said...

I.Love.It. Thank you for this post and sharing the pictures. They are beautiful.

Happy Birthday little one!

Mr. Shelby (from iclw)

Jen said...

Happy birthday Ella! I love the pictures especially as a newborn sleeping on your chest. I love how new babies do that.

Jen said...

Oh my gosh, Ella is beautiful! She looks so much like you.

Mrs. Gamgee said...

Happy Birthday Miss Ella!

She's absolutely beautiful! Happy ICLW!