Sunday, July 11, 2010

Oh, my baby ...

Sixteen years ago today -- at 10:32 a.m. -- I gave birth to 7 pounds, 4 ounces of Barbie pink and unconditional love, with a little high-maintenance drama thrown in for good measure.
We named her after my grandmothers -- both of them deceased, as is Jewish custom. Through their names, she carries a legacy of the strong women of my family. Matriarchs with the ability to make things happen.

And don't you dare cross me, young lady.

Sixteen years ago, I had no idea what was ahead of me. Up till then, I had raised boys.

As a former tomboy, I was mentally equipped to handle snips and snails and puppy dog tails. I was clueless when it came to sugar and spice and everything nice.

But I learned.


I learned how to make tea parties. I learned how to french braid hair. And I learned to love the color pink.
As a joke, my girlfriend used to whisper in her ear, "Can you say 'Nordstrom'? Can you say 'Nieman-Marcus'?"

But we quickly realized the joke was on me.

Because I had somehow -- in my my infinite wisdom -- given birth to the girliest of girly-girls.

Dollies? Yes.

Lace? You bet.

Jewelry? Even at the age of 2.

Her birthday present at the age of 4 was trip to the mall with Mom to buy clothes -- topped off her choice of a lacy dress from the cart in the middle of the mall.

She wore that dress until the lace frayed and tore.

The years flew by.

She was in kindergarten. Fifth grade. Middle school. High school.

She learned to read. She learned to write. She learned to put together "outfits." She learned to wear makeup.

She learned to cheer.

Now she learns to drive -- and prepares to apply to college.

Where did my baby go?

She has been replaced by a lovely young woman.

Still Barbie pink, filled with unconditional love and high-maintenance drama.

And today she is 16.

Happy birthday, my beautiful Roo-girl.

Fly with the eagles ...


Tara R. said...

Roo HAS grown into a lovely young woman. Happy Birthday to her... great job mom.

(that last photo, Wow! A great capture)

Jenni said...

Happy birthday, Roo! Those cheerleading pics always make my stomach lurch--kind of like letting my kids drive:o) (Three down and one to go on the driving--Josh is just a tiny bit older than Roo.)

Hedy said...

Happy 16th, Roo!

Indigo said...

Happy Birthday Roo!

You've done a fantastic job Janet. Rue is a well balanced young lady. (Hugs)Indigo

Sarah said...

Wow! Happy 16th RG!! Hope it's a great one!

songbird's crazy world said...

sweet 16! happy birthday roo!

Frenchgirlrn said...

Happy Day Roo!!

Suzanne said...

Happy Birthday, Roo Girl!

How sad is it that the first thing I think after a birthday post is that this will be followed up by a birthday dinner post? :)

chrisb said...

What a lovely tribute. Have a wonderful birthday Roo. said...

Oh, 16 really is such a milestone! Happy Birthday Indeed, Roo!
And congratulations, Janet. You've turned out a wonderful human being.

Joyce-Anne said...

Happy Birthday Roo!!! Enjoy your day. Janet, I love that photo of your girl in action.

LceeL said...

Happy Belated Birthday, Roo. Or is it Belated Happy Birthday. Or Happy Birthday, Belatedly.

Whatever. I came to this party late - just as I joined in the story of your family late. But in the two years or so I've known of you (through your mother's eyes, naturally) I have seen you colored and flavored by the love of an extraordinary woman. If there IS anything to the notion of heredity - then God has given you a head start.

Happy Birthday, Roo. Always stay just as glorious as you are.

Burgh Baby said...

Happy birthday to Roo!

And also ACK! SHE'S 16! ACK!

Roger said...

Happy Birthday to Roo! She shares a birthday with my mom, which reminds me... another belated birthday card from #1 son this year. ;-)

The Duchess of Wessex said...

Happy 16th to the sweetest of the sweet!

And, congratulations to you, Mom!

Where do the years go indeed...

Rachael said...

Happy Birthday to your Roo!

Kila said...

~Happy 16th Birthday!~

My baby was also 7 lbs 4 oz. I have all boys, I liked having boys, and was relieved they all had male parts--I was worried about being thrown into the world of girly girls and pink, LOL. But I do have a niece to enjoy, and she loves to be pretty!

Pamela said...

it's just going to roar away now....

Simply Jenn said...

Whoa that is one high-flying gal!!! Happy birthday to that doll-face. The muscles these cheer girls have is incredible (in reference to your latest cheer pics)!!! I found out yesterday that Macie, my 99 pound 13 y.o. 8th grade base can pick my nowhere near 100 lb self! I am now convinced she must be a mutant alien. (But YAY! she's not a mutant alien FLYER, because I'm pretty sure I'd have a heart attack).

So, happy birthday Roo- and great job Janet!!!

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