Thursday, January 28, 2010

Oh how you complete me.

Next week is Miss LB2's Birthday. Her Second Birthday. God gave us such an amazing piece to our little family puzzle & I can't imagine life without her. She really completed us!

Because I'm goin' all Mama Bear on you all, enjoy this re post from her first birthday last year.

My love, my life.

I prayed for this child and God has given me what I asked of Him 1Samuel 1:27
Almost Two years ago I decided to have another baby. Yes, I was barely 20. I was still too young, still too crazy. What was I thinking? What was I thinking when I had my first at 18? Well, your right..the first time I wasn't.
Things changed. I wasn't 18 anymore, I was a mom with a family, in a little house with a little dog. A house with pictures in them. Pictures of a family of three.

Someone was missing. 20 or not, something was missing. Everyone said I was crazy when I was going to actually TRY and get pregnant. Gasp! Who does that when they have the rest of their lives ahead of them?
Oh you didn't get the memo? Your life ends with children. Anyways we planned and...tried. And planned and tried. Nothing, no baby? It wasn't this hard the first time? Time went by, and after 50 or so pregnancy tests one finally gave me what I wanted. +

Flash forward 9 months...

Hello beautiful.

Today is her birthday. We went out, had some fun. A fellow mom said to me "You're my daughters age and you have two kids?"

Yes, yes I do.

At 18, yes I wanted to be free. Move far away somewhere warm make a ton'o money and worry about numero uno.

At 21 I want to be a mom. My children are the absolute best thing that were given to me. I'm not the average 21 year old, I'm a mommy. Is it so hard to look at me without sad eyes at what my life could have been? Instead seeing how amazing my life really is? I have no regrets, why do strangers with no clue, tell me how hard it must be.

Babe, the bars ain't got nothin' on you! ;)

Happy Birthday love, my life.


maura said...

rachelle, good for you! I don't think I was strong enough at 18 to be a mom but that does not mean that you're not. Being a mom is hard job for anyone no matter what age! I am 38 and still learning new things myself, teaching new things to my kids and savoring the moments as a family. Enjoy your family! Happy bday to your little LoveBug!

Tony and Julee Huy said...

Happy 2nd Birthday!

I have 5 kids, # 6 on the way, I'm 29 and I've heard it all!

First one at 19: You look 14!

Second one at 21: You look like a teenager!

Third one at 23: You don't look old enough to have 3 kids!

Fourth one at 25: You can't be a mom of 4!

Fifth one at 27: Are they ALLLLLL YOURS?!

So far no one has made any comment about me being pregnant with #6. I take that back I have heard: "don't you know what causes that?" and "you should have danced all night" or something to that end.

Keep loving your happy little family at whatever age and ignore the old ladies at the grocery store! :)

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

I couldn't have done it at 18--waaaaayyyy too immature, but some people know who they are, what they want to do, and how they want to live. I say, "more power to ya!" :)

I don't see anything wrong with young parents, so long as they can provide for their own families and not depend on society. Judging by today's standards, I was a young first-time mom too. Got married at 21 and had my first at 25. Doesn't seem young to me, but people I was missing out on something b/c I had a baby. :)

Your little girls are precious, and you are a great mom! :)

Tom & Shannon said...

Amen! We had a hard time trying to get pregnant, too, and I was just 22 when we started fertility treatments. I even had an ER doctor give me major attitude for being on fertility meds so young. But now I have my daughter and she is the light in my world. I love her to pieces.

Happy birthday, LB2!

Jami Schoettler said...

This is totally my hubbs and I. We got pregnant when I was 19. We got married the same month we found out. We had been engaged for a few months so we had wanted to get married anyway. We decided that when my son was 1 1/2 that we wanted another. We didn't tell anyone because some people have opions that we would rather not hear. Since we were/are in construction on our house, they felt we shouldn't have another until we were finshed. One month after trying we got pregnant again. Now it's been a year and one baby girl later, we are still under construction on our house and I couldn't imagine still waiting to have another. My 1st was a c-section so all the rest have to be also and it went so smoothly with my girl, that we wouldn't find having another right away. Everyone in my family always goes to the hookah bar and nag us for not going. But, you know that's not our thing. I would rather stay home and watch cartoons with my kids! I can't believe it either before I got pregnant, all I wanted to do was go drink and party. I love my family!! -Jami

The Tidy Brown Wren said...

I'm not sure why women feel the need to judge other women about having children. When I was 30 and pregnant with my 3rd child, two women at the mall commented that I was too young to be having children!? I'm sure my friends who are having children in their forties are told they are too old. It's your life and your family. Hold your head high and relish your happy, loving family.

Nancy said...

Happy Birthday to your little one!

Regardless of age, big points for you for being selfless and wanting to be a mommy. I think motherhood is one of the most rewarding and blessed things God has given. I feel sorry for those strangers who question you and your devotion.


Kim said...

Age does not matter. What matters is that YOU LOVE YOUR KIDS! you can give them everything they need, and some of what they want. The "bars" will always be there when the kids are older ;/ and if you are like me (and I see you are from the last line on your post) who cares about the bars. Jammies popcorn and a movie OR dancing in the middle of your living room are SO much more fun!

Happy birthday Love Bug 2 (tooo funny My 4yod is Love Bug!)

Heather said...


I am SO glad to have read this post from you today! Although my husband wasn't ready for kids for what seemed like FOREVER, I was one of those women who wanted kids with every fiber of my being from the time I graduated from high school. Since I have my sweet little boy now and I wouldn't want to be without him, I'm happy that we waited...but not because I think I would've missed out on anything! Thank you so much...what you've said is perfectly true "Bars ain't got nothing on you!"

Love your attitude!


PS-Where in Michigan? We're in the Lansing area :)

mrs. c said...

My beautiful daughter was a mom at 18, miss V is the light of all our eyes...I cannot imagine life without her. She has completed our family.

Whitney said...

I rarely find anyone I can relate to and with you, I just did. A month before I turned 19, DH & I tried for baby #1 and conceived right away. People thought we were absolutely insane or that our son must have been an accident. I will be 21 in April and we plan to start trying for #2.

I love this post. I just love it.

Happy Birthday to your beautiful daughter!

{i create} said...

SHE'S a doll! Just like her momma! Happy Birthday lil' princess!

{i create} said...

Absolutely NOTHING better then babies! When I had my fourth, the nurse told me, "you are so young", she thought my 4th was my first, imagine the shock to find out I already had 3 at home, and I wouldn't trade anything for what they are and what they have given me, life was a waste before them :)

I hope she has the happiest birthday ever, she is TOOOOO cute!

Anonymous said...

You can tell that you love them to pieces, and you know you are a good Mommy, and that's what matters! Happy Birthday to your lil' doll! My hands may be full, you should see my heart! :)

Kristi said...

Happy birthday to your beautiful girl!!! You know what really matters in life and it doesn't matter HOW OLD you are to plan and have your family! We needed "help" to have ours. We have 3 now, but I would LOVE another one! God willing! :)

Megan Joy said...

I'm so glad that you said you went through 50 pregnancy tests...good to know that I shouldn't be too upset yet...I've only been through 6 or so!

Megan Joy said...

And ... Still haven't had the "+" sign...

Kathy said...

I love you Rachelle!!


Abby said...

I had my first at 20, the best thing God ever gave me. Love her to pieces. Not even age can change that!! ;)

Mallorie Schrock said...

This is so cool. I am exactly the same boat! I am 21 and have a beautiful 2 almost 3 year old girl and a wonderful 7 month baby girl. good for you:)

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