Monday, January 24, 2011


Eight years ago I gave birth to (possibly) my last child.

(I don't want to say that she is definitely our last child because I know how that works. The minute I say she's our last and we are never having any more BAM! The Man upstairs starts to chuckle and decides to send a "surprise")

She was born at 11:35 p.m. weighing 9 pounds even.

When she entered this world and they laid her on my chest she was so quiet but she was very alert and just lay there gazing around. So quiet and calm but those darn nurses wanted to hear her cry so they started rubbing her down. I was not happy about that.

I remember the nurses commenting on how beautifully pink she was.
I believe that one of them even commented that they had never seen a baby as pink as her.

She and I are very similar which means that there are times when
we have a difficult time getting along.
Why is that? You would think that would make us get along better, wouldn't you?

She takes a while to warm up to new people and when people first meet her she is very quiet and serious. This was and still is hard for me to understand because I'm a little more outgoing than that.

She did take after me in the hair cutting department.
My pre-school graduation picture looks eerily similar to this one...
She also takes after me and my love of all things chocolate.
She once gave herself a haircut that was so bad this was the only way to fix it.
And it cured her of ever cutting her hair again.
Here she is at three trying to decide how to blow
out all of those candles on her Elmo cake.

Again, she takes after me in the fact that she can fall asleep
almost anywhere.
Isn't that a good thing?
A year later at 4. She got the fast growing hair from her dad...not from me.
Just one of my all time favorite pictures of her.
This was her just one year ago at 7...

And here she is.
My 8 year old.
She got to open a few presents the morning of her birthday.
Her new clothes and a book.
She didn't get to open the rest of he presents until the next day.
Why? You ask.
Because her older sister had to go in for an unexpected appendectomy.
I had to call her from the hospital and explain that she would have to wait for her birthday dinner and to open the rest of her presents.
(McKenna felt awful that this all happened on Jilli's birthday)
And do you know what her response was?
"Okay mom."
She wasn't even upset at all
She just said
"Okay mom, as long as I get my presents and my birthday dinner sometime then it's okay.
Tell McKenna I hope she feels better."
I love her.


Julie said...

Happy Birthday to your girl! I love the picture of her asleep on the stool--wish I could do that.

Pedaling said...

Look at those blue, blue eyes!
I like the age 8.

Funky Kim said...

8 years. Time does seem to fly!

Happy 8th Birthday, Jillian!

Teachinfourth said...

Happy Birthing Day to you, Shanna!

the fowlers said...

she looks more and more like you all the time! oh my goodness!
what a good sister, too. some sisters *cough*mine*cough*meincluded*cough* could take years to get over a sister "ruining" anything, most importantly a birthday!

Bonnie the Boss said...

What an adorable bundle of fun!!! HAppy Birthday sweetie!!

Vanessa said...

What a sweet sister!

Barbaloot said...

What beautiful blue eyes!!
I bet she'd make a great older sister:)

Rici said...

She is so beautiful. Everything you wrote about her reminds me of me and Liam. She even reminds me of Liam in many ways! I feel a special affection for Jillian. I hope she had a wonderful birthday.

Anonymous said...

i can't believe jillian is 8!! holy moly where does the time go?? she is getting so tall and beautiful, just like her mother.

Jenny said...

Those babies sure do grow up fast. Leaving us no time to really treasure them. I can really relate to the cutting hair thing. Since my youngest did the same thing many different times.

Happy Birthday!

Debbie / Cranberry Fries said...

She sounds like such a sweetheart. More concerned about her sister than her presents. Happy Birthday to her!

ramsam said...

That black and white close up is so adorable!
Enjoy this milestone!!!

sisterwendy said...

When we first moved into the ward Jill was just little. I remember thinking, she is so sweet. She just has a way about her that is so endearing to me. Can't believe she's 8. Give her tons of hugs from us - her fans. xoxoxox

Shauna said...

Must be something about hte Jills we know and love. They are pretty dang good sisters--your Jillian and my Jill. Freaky, isn't are a Shanna, and Im Shauna, you have a Jillian, and I have a Jill. You say Po-tay-to, I say po-tah-to...Happy Birthday to a godo sister.

wendy said...

Some of those photos were hysterical....falling asleep on the chair with her bottom in the air...her "hair CUT".....

She is growing into a lovely little girl eh.

M-Cat said...

What a beautiful girl! Love the 8the birthday - so fun!

Cheeseboy said...

What a great day! Hope she had a terrific birthday. Loved the bad haircut fix.