Number four arrived when the oldest (Sake) was only 5 ½. Apparently, I thought even back then that I was pretty good at this parenting stuff. “Doc” would ask if we could afford all these kids and when after delivery I would cry and say I was not ready to give this up, he would tell me it was just hormones and it would pass. Little did we know, we still had two to go.
We lovingly refer to number four as “The Blonde” for multiple reasons. First and foremost she is blonde. I actually have pictures of her when she was little where her hair actually seemed to glow. She was beautiful! (But they all were/are). You would have thought we were parenting experts. We came home from the hospital and she slept a full six hours! She was well-behaved and bright (most of the time). She would finish lunch at age 2 and grab her “blankie” and lay down for a nap, all without me saying a word! I was good!
Then she developed speech and some of the most ridiculous statements I have ever heard started to come out of that beautiful mouth! An example, we were talking about head trauma and boxers one day and she made a comment about talking boxers (you know – the underwear). Her brothers can be a bit tough on her. They often say that she is the dumbest smart person they have ever known. She takes it all in good stride, and if nothing else she has made me laugh. She is incredibly bright and gifted athletically and we have enjoyed many triumphs and tears with her. She is a loving, giving, gentle soul and we love laughing with her.
Wife, Mother, Mother, Mother, Mother, Mother, Mother, Mother, Nurse, Grandmother, Friend...that's me in a nutshell!