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Today you are 5 November 6, 2011

Posted by Merrilee in Family.

Dear Karydis,

You spent most of my pregnancy kicking me. In meetings at work you were a distraction — an elbow or a foot pushing my belly out in the middle of meetings. “Is that for real?” My co workers would ask. “Are you sure it’s not an alien?”

Actually, I wasn’t sure. You were so active, I was concerned. Who would you be when I met you? Malcontent? Unhappy? Hemmed in? As it turns out, you were just yourself, only I didn’t know you yet.

November 6, 2006

Around this time (10 pm on October 5th), I was starting into labor and trying to not bug your dad, who was just trying to go to sleep. By midnight the contractions were close enough that we decided to go to the hospital. Despite the fact that it was a full moon, there was no one there, so I was admitted even though I wasn’t very dilated. I was so anxious to meet you, and you were born at 5:05 pm — just the right time, as far as I am concerned.

Happy birthday Karydis. On the cusp of 5, you are smart and funny, and yourself. You are always busy and curious — you love to color and paint and make things, you are always singing (making up songs when you don’t know the right one already). You love books. You want to learn to read this year and of course I’m supportive. You love your new bike. You are always on the move — the same as when you were in my belly. Only now I know you are happy-busy.

Say cheese!

I don’t love the princess-Barbie-pink thing you’ve been going through the last few years, but I’m willing to support it. So much so I’m making you a castle cake for your party today. True Love.

You are a very loyal friend — even though you don’t have a hard time making friends you want to have a one true best friend, and it’s hard for you when this isn’t reciprocated. I know the feeling, I was the same when I was a kid. Hold on tight, because having lots of friends is good, and there’s lots of room for everyone. You’ll figure this out.

I secretly love that you like to climb into bed with us in the middle of the night (don’t tell your dad). I love that you like to snuggle. I know this won’t last forever, so I’m trying to cherish it.



1. Jackie Dooley - November 6, 2011

I adore you both! Happy birthday, Karydis!

2. RoseRunner - November 15, 2011

She is CUTE! And what a lovely name too

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