Thursday, March 12, 2009

A Decade with a Diva

She's the one my mom warned me about all of my life.

From the time she cursed me under her breath as I smuggled off my diaper and smeared my feces all over my freshly painted pink walls (I preferred purple and she should have known that!) To my entire teenage years spent grounded for talking back and rolling my eyes- FYI- the eyes NEVER got stuck in my head- HA!

If I heard it once, I heard it a thousand times- just wait until you have kids. You're going to have a daughter just like you, I know it. Pay backs are a bitch!


They certainly are.

My first child was a simple baby. Uncomplicated. He sprung into my life when I was unprepared and foolish. God had pity on me and sent me an intermediate model. I was thankful and maybe a little bit cocky. I can handle this mom stuff -no problem- bring it on!

Fast forward, four years later- the ring on my finger, the mortgage, the yearning to even out the testosterone/estrogen balance in my home, I was 1.3 children away from average and no one likes to be sub par.

She was planned- methodically- like details of a dinner party that had to be perfect. She arrived healthy and gorgeous and perfect, just as planned. But she tricked us. She had a head full of black hair, but, little did we know, it hid the devil horns so the hospital staff wouldn't catch on.



From the moment we brought our newborn home- she screamed, wailed, and cried in her soprano pitch. She knows how to make an entrance! She would not nurse- down right refused. She threw up formula. If her motor skills were more advanced, she certainly would have thrown vases- no doubt!



I brought her to the doctor, at least twice a week for the first 6 months. The MRI showed no neurological problems. Medicines didn't help (her). I wouldn't settle for the diagnosis of 'colic' until the pediatrician wrote me a prescription to get through it.



When she turned 10 months old, she started talking- a lot. I want..., give me..., no no ..., come here now... and with those words came a freedom from her little voiceless prison where she had been trapped. She could finally communicate and the tears and howling stopped.

This sweet little entertaining dimpled darling was just waiting to come out! We enjoyed becoming acquainted with her laughter and smiles, finally!

She is a true diva in every sense of the word! Expressive and theatrical- lover of anything sparkly and glittery. She is my one true hope for getting to the Academy Awards in this lifetime to cheer her on to a win.



She has a huge heart and is the most sensitive person I've ever known. As she hits the decade mark- her drama queen status sometimes borders on royal pain in the ass, but I know it's just the way of the world. She will get hers, in due time.


Happy Birthday, Addison Grace, my little melodramatic mademoiselle!



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28 comments:

♥ spoiled mommy ♥ said...

Awww-happy birthday addison, she is so beautiful! hope she has a very good birthday!

Dawn@Embracing the Ordinary Life said...

Aw, that's sweet...I have one of those too..HB Addison!!

Kristina P. said...

She's beautiful!

And you need to stop by my blog today. You will be pleasantly surprised!

Jenni Jiggety said...

Happy Birthday to your beautiful girl!

lisa lind said...

what a beautiful young lady! hope you are practicing the 'red carpet walk!' :o)

Deb said...

she is GORGEOUS, although i shouldn't be surprised! oh man... 10 years old. i love it that she has given you a run for your money.

and hey, you're right! my eyes never got stuck up in my head, either!

Evolving Mommy Catherine said...

She is beautiful, Tena. Happy Birthday to Addison.

So Not Mom-a-licious said...

OMG I think she looks so much like you! She's a show stopper! Hope you have a great Birthday Addison! Can't wait to see the blogpost for when she turns 13! Do you think you will have any hair left? =)

the RaMbLeR said...

And...just like her mommy she is beautiful!!

Happy Birthday!!

Tell her to enjoy her freedom now cause soon she will be locked in the basement or she will be running to hide there cause dad is standing at the door ready to shoot any guy that will dare glance at his precious baby girl!

Sotorrific Twins said...

What a lovely girl!! reminds me of my sister - so sensitive, for better or worse.

Happy 10th birthday!

Tiaras & Tantrums said...

beautiful tribute to your 1st little girl!

A Buns Life said...

OMG! EVERYTHING, you said, even the easy first born son, is exactly my house and my daughter!!! Happy Birthday and hold on tight, but not too tight! :)

Under the Influence said...

Happy B-Day!

My mom used to make the same threat. It's probably a good thing I have three boys...

Linda S said...

so sweet! she is beautiful!

Traci said...

What a doll she is :)

Deb said...

Happy Birthday...she is adorable! I have one of those 10 year old daughters...they're cute but they can be a handful!

Susan in the Psych Ward said...

I was the second child, middle really, and I'm the dramatic one in my family while we were growing up. Now, not so dramatic...... and seems to share a birthday with Addison! And my goodness, she's beautiful!

Wendy@RuensOnTheRun said...

She is so beautiful! Happy birthday to your daughter!

Mariah said...

Hapy b-day drama queen!!

Annie said...

She is gorgeous!

The Mom Jen said...

Hope she had a lovely day, she is her mom's mini-me, so gorgeous!!

because I said so said...

So beautiful!

Dammit though....are you telling me this is what I have to look forward to with that Devil in Baby Gap I have?

Well, if she turns out as beautiful as yours I guess it will be okay.....I see the horns dissappear eventually?

(BTW, Beebs looks like her in the photo w/ the curlers...too cute!)

The Daily Blonde said...

She is GORGEOUS...look out, Miss Tena. She's going to be dangerous. I love it!!

Absolutely beautiful :)

Amy Amy Bo Bamey said...

Such a BEAUTIFUL GIRL!

Happy Birthday!!

Brooks said...

Happy B-Day! I love b-days.....just not my own!

Threeboys1mommy said...

I don't think I have ever seen your kids outside of their Halloween costumes. She's gorgeous! Hope you enjoyed the festivities.

HappyHourSue said...

OMG could she be any more beautiful..she looks just like you.

Ten? batten down the hatches, girlfriend.

Yaya said...

She's SO CUTE!