Well, it happened. Somehow my littlest baby reached her first birthday. Penelope is one today. A year ago today I woke at two in the morning during a rain storm with contractions. By two thirty I was in a lot of pain and calling the doctor. We arrived at the hospital at four in the morning. At four thirty I started pushing, no time for drugs. At six thirty, my third, sunny side up baby was born.
I have to admit, this year has been a blur and kicked my butt. Three kids 3 1/2 and under is hard work. Add in the sleep deprivation that goes along with a newborn, and a baby who insists on eating multiple times a night, and I feel like I missed the whole year. It wasn’t until she was nine months old that the fog started to lift and I felt like I could enjoy them all.
I’m starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel now though. The three girls are starting to play together and interact. Penny is starting to show her personality. She’s a tough cookie and knows how to play the baby already. She takes things from her sisters with a devilish smirk, then smiles as she runs away while they scream. When they take it back, she screams bloody murder with big tears rolling down her face and comes toddling over to me to tattle on them. I’m on to her, but it’s still kind of cute.
She and Sammy have a special relationship. Sammy is her second mother and is protective of her. I can see the two of them pitting themselves against Ella when they’re older.
Ella is her playmate and the sister she likes to goad. She takes things from Ella (or gets Sammy to do it for her). She walks up to her and smacks Ella in the face, and smiles when she cries. But, she also plays more with Ella than Samantha. I think the two of them are going to have great fun together and probably exclude Samantha a little.
I’m starting to realize with three girls, it is often going to be two against one. I have a feeling Penny is rarely going to be the odd man out.
Penny also likes to be the center of attention. She enjoys having people watch her and play with her. She goes out of her way to get your attention. She is also my boldest in many ways. Strangers don’t bother her for long. After a few minutes of adjustment, she’s flirting and laughing and stealing the attention.
At one, Penny has been walking for three months. She has started walking backwards. She is constantly making noises, but doesn’t really say any words yet. She also enjoys climbing onto things. She knows a few signs. Her favorite is “all done” followed by “fish”. She also enjoys sticking her tongue out and shaking her head “no”. She has not learned to shake her head “yes”, which I foresee as a bad omen for the two’s.
We had her birthday party last weekend. She had pizza and cake and enjoyed herself immensely.
And of course, no birthday post is complete without a montage of pictures.
Happy Birthday, Penny. No matter how big you get, you will always be my baby.