Today my little Anna Lou turns three. I cannot believe it. Where did the time go? On Friday I told her that I was going to cry at her birthday party because she’s not a baby anymore. She stopped what she was doing, came over and took my face in her hands and said “Don’t cry, Mommy, I have to be a big girl now, it’s ok.” Seriously, now I really AM going to cry.
Anna Louise was born on May 1, 2008. She was named after my mom, Anita Louise.. who was named after her grandmother, Anna Louise. An old Italian tradition is to name your children after their paternal grandparents, therefore all of my mother’s cousins were already named Anna by the time she came along. My Nanny tried to switch it up and name her Anita… Well, that went over like a lead balloon. In stubborn-old-Italian-grandmother tradition, she never spoke to my mother. Before Neets died, I told her that if we ever had another girl, we would name in her honor. (She died two weeks before Elizabeth was born, but we had already picked E’s name.) However, (as I also told her) I could not do Anita, so we would revert to Anna. And the rest is history.
She was a big girl, so I had a scheduled C-Section. That being said, on April 30 at 11:00 pm, my water broke. As you may have read about my belief in the significance of dates, I was thrilled that she was picking her own birthday. I believe that this has a lot to do with a person’s make-up. Well, luckily I was able to hold on through the night, but because three other women’s water broke that night who were also scheduled, I had to wait. (Must have been a full moon.) Luckily we were still in time for a C-Section because at one week early, this turkey weighed in at 9 lbs. 14 oz. We brought her home and Elizabeth said that she “wanted to put her baby sister in the trash can.”
Go figure- she won her over.
We are so lucky to have her. She has brought our family so much joy.
She is the sweetest, kindest, most sensitive little girl in the world.
Sometimes a little mischievous…
And certainly taking advantage of the terrible twos….
But she’ll always be our Lou Lou Bug.
We love you Lou.