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Happy Birthday, baby

Seven years ago today my beautiful and brave Chiara Elizabeth was born. Seven. Where did the time go? Seven years ago at this time I was waiting for my castor oil cocktail to kick in so I could bring on my extremely overdue delivery without being induced via IV. Called my midwife, told her what I did and to expect me later that day. Right around noon labor kicked in, right on schedule. At just about 7:30 p.m, Chiara entered the world, and what joy she has brought to our family ever since.

I’ve written a lot about the benefits of being an older mom — I was just about 43 when Chiara was born — because every day I am the one who continues to learn new lessons from this fearless little being. Just a few weeks ago Chiara’s absolute courage at the top of the Shotgun Falls at a Wildwood water park inspired me to go down on the chute next to her. Two days ago she insisted on going off the diving boards at the town pool, something I have yet to do. Although I am often hesitant to let her do things out of my own fear, she will have none of that.

Her enthusiasm and sensitivity, her courage and kindness teach me on a daily basis how to be a better person. Happy birthday, baby. I love you, and I’m so glad I decided to forget my old age and become a mom one more time.

Here’s a snapshot view of Chiara’s life:




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  1. What a sweetie! Happy birthday, Chiara!

    I was about the same age when my youngest was born, Mary — being an older mom has some great perks!

    July 21, 2012
  2. What a lucky girl to be born into such a loving family!

    July 21, 2012
  3. UB #

    Your post captures perfectly the Chiara I’ve been privileged to know these past seven years–beautiful on the outside, beautiful on the inside. Happy Birthday.

    July 21, 2012
  4. Gorgeous Chiara! Happy Birthday beautiful girl!

    As I have the rich privilege of knowing you and having met your family, I can say that her smile lights up the room!

    Blessings to Chiara and to all of you!

    July 21, 2012

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