On a cold January day, your Daddy and I spoke of the idea of you, a number 4, the possibility of another beautiful gift from God. We prayed and planned and were gifted you a couple weeks later. Your arrival was much anticipated by 3 anxious big siblings. We bought books, and big sister and big brother shirts. They laughed and joked about who would be your favorite big kid. My pregnancy went fast and you arrived on the windiest Nebraska day I have ever witnessed. With the help of 3 beautiful souls, women in the delivery room: Dr. Shaleah Jones, nurse Farrah and her trainee, Kayla (you were Kayla’s first baby delivered!), and of course, your Daddy, you were born at 3 am on the dot. It was a peaceful, warm and wonderful birth experience.
Your eyes… Those brown eyes with mile-long eyelashes and the biggest cheeks I’ve ever seen on a newborn, and the thickest black hair, donned with a big bow from minute 1, stole our hearts the second we held you. You were the quietest, chubbiest, sweetest little baby. You never cried….I mean NEVER. I spent 13 months rocking and nursing you to every nap and bedtime, and 5:30 am was your favorite hour…you were happy and excited to see me after an 8 hour sleep. We spend many uninterrupted hours together alone while the bigs were in school and daddy at work. You were my best accessory. You were Facebook famous as I posted a picture a day of you! And now…here we are….you are a WHOLE HAND! FIVE beautiful, fast years you’ve blessed our lives.
May you continue to see life as you do now, questioning everything, stopping to smell the flowers, blow the dandellions, watch the airplanes, and love your Daddy (and his beard). You are so fun. Your eyes sparkle when you smile. We are blessed to love you. Happy Birthday, baby girl. Love you to the moon.
Kollyns: Age 5
What is your nickname: KK and KK Harper
What is your favorite color: Pink and Purple
What is your favorite toy? Horsies and Mermaids
Who is your best friend? Bubbles (Eliza)
What to you want to be when you grow up? Zoo Keeper
Do you think you will marry someone when you grow up? No, because you have to date someone, and I don’t wanna.
Will you be a Mommy? Yes, with 4 kids.
What is your favorite book? Any books about bunnies
What is your favorite thing to do with Mommy? Go to the park and play
What is your favorite thing to do with Daddy? Have a picnic
What is your favorite thing to do with Kennedy? Paint nails and go outside with her to play
What is your favorite thing to do with Konnor? Rough-house
What is your favorite thing to do with Karson? Read bedtime stories
What is your favorite thing to do with Khloe? Play Family
What is your favorite food? Bacon and Pickles
What makes you happy? When you (Mommy) don’t leave me.
What makes you sad? When you (Mommy) go to class. It takes weeks!
What do you love most about yourself? My brown eyes, just like you (Mommy).