Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Double digits


Ten years ago I was panicking in a hospital bed in the maternity hospital in Cambridge while Mr DC tried his best to look excited rather than terrified. It was the due date for our first baby and we'd been booked in for a Caesarean owing to her predicted size compared to mine (I refuse to call it elective since that sounds as if I wanted to have one, took a LONG time to get over the guilt of that!). We waited and waited until finally going up to theatre at lunchtime where I breathed my way through the mahoosive needle in the back moment and tried not to weep (and therefore wriggle) or throw up as she was delivered. We waited breathlessly for the cry, as all new parents do, and then wondered how on earth I was going to hold on to her on the journey to the recovery room while I couldn't feel my legs.

Now here we are 10 wonderful years later.

She was, and is, perfect and gorgeous - and tall! At this rate she'll be taller than me by the time she's 11, but there's still a long way to go to catch up with her father.


Today we have home made smiley faces to take into school, and the now traditional mega card - an idea originally from Chez Beeper Bebe which we have made our own. Ten cards numbered 1-10 with an appropriate number of small gifts on each one, and which was the only thing the birthday girl actually requested. She did receive many other presents, but it is getting harder and harder to shop for her. She says she's too big for toys now. Sigh.

Love you, little big one!

34 comments:

  1. The arrival of double digits is quite something I think. A very Happy Birthday to your tall girl! Nx

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  2. Yes, double digits are definitely a mile stone.

    Wishing your little big one a very happy birthday!

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  3. Happy birthday to the birthday girl! Double figures is a big milestone. Well done mum and dad too! Enjoy the day :-)

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  4. Happy Birthday to the tall girl! Too big for toys... What a terrifying thought.

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  5. Happy birthday to big small! Too big for toys, but not too big for hugs.

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  6. Ten years go so fast don't they? Thank you for the reminder of needles in the back. I had three elective sections. With the first one the anaesthetist stuck the needle in a nerve causing me to shriek with pain and worry that I'd been paralysed.

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  7. Double digits, how very exciting! Happy happy birthday, Tall Small! Love the idea of ten cards....what fun!

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  8. Happy birthday tall small! Crossing into double digits is definitely a milestone. We're crossing into the teens this october and I expect that will be too. I know everyone says it but they really do grow up too fast!
    By the way I'm enormously impressed with your homemade smiley face biscuits - they are brilliant!

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  9. Then you'll blink and she'll be 28!

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  10. Double figures is a v important birthday so happy birthday to your tall girl! Hope lots of cake will be consumed later. x

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  11. A very happy birthday to your tall small. Hope you all have a lovely day :) x

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    1. Thank you Kitty, it has been a really lovely day!

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  12. Happy Birthday to your daughter. My son just turned 10 (I have a tall one too, she's 7), it's a cliche but I can't believe where the time has gone! Fab biscuits!

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    1. She thanks you! As to the biscuits, good old Lakeland sell the cutters, or at least they did a few months back. I've been itching to use them.

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  13. happy birthday tall cookie! hope it's a lovely day xxxx

    bah humbug to predictive baby size is all I can say, no one warned me that E would be a 10 lb babe!

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  14. The happiest of birthdays to your lovely girl. I love that her present requests were simple and I LOVE those biscuits. Have a wonderful day, all of you xxx

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  15. Happy Birthday Little Big One! I LOVE those cute little cookies! (And no guilt over the c-section -- I've had babies both ways (the c-section was emergency) and if there had been another I would have easily chosen a c-section. ;-D)

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  16. Oh, happy birthday! Time flies, doesn't it, when you are having fun. *ahem*

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  17. Happy birthday to her!

    Maybe it's because I'm short, but I think that I missed the stage of becoming too big for toys. I will pretend that I am buying them 'for the kids', though...

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  18. Many happies Double Digit Girl.
    You are lucky to have a c-section. Both mine were nine and a half pounders and they arrived so fast the was no time for drugs. Oooooouuch.
    Smiley face bisciuts, now they look good. Ax

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  19. Happy birthday to the tallster. Goodness, 10 is a mighty fine age to be! X

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  20. a very, very Happy Birthday to your gorgeous girl! xxxxxx

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  21. 10 is a major milestone, I remember turning 10 *many* years ago!
    Hope your big 10 year old had a wonderful day.xx

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  22. Happy birthday to your lovely girl.

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  23. ah the guilt of labour not going to plan. Its a killer isn't it. Love the idea of the big card. Just brilliant. My son is 10 and his next birthday and is altogether too grown up. Happy Birthday x

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  24. Oh, I remember double digits, such an exciting time! I love the biscuits. Happy 10th Birthday!

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  25. Happy Birthday! It's a lovely age. I have started to be able to have "adult" conversations with my double digit son now. It's fun :)

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  26. Awwww how sweet and 'Happy birthday' little lovely.

    Our first born was the same and at the age of twelve he now stands a good inch firmly above me - oh dear......I am now officially a pint rest!

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  27. Awww hope you and your little girl had a lovely day. Happy birth-day to you both! I really love the idea of the mega card, really great!

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  28. How lovley! Happy Belated Birthday to her. Your tall daughter is about five years younger than our tall son, and I can identify with lots of what you're saying here. However, our son was teeny-tiny until the age of 13, and the horror of having a son with bigger feet than his dad is all new to us! Thanks for your comment on our first egg. Son 2 fried the second for his lunch today...

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  29. Hope your daughter had a great day. Mine will be 10 in November and I would like to celebrate that landmark age. i have a bit of time to sort it out. Sophie also says that she is too big for Cinderella etc now. I suppose I shall have to watch them on my own now!
    Lovely story too. I have a bit of a scary story too but I shall save that for a November post i think.
    x

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  30. Aww lovely, doesn't time fly by far too quickly though? My boy is 7 now but he's still my baby - sigh !!
    Twiggy x

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  31. oh happy birthday big girl. The double digit thing really got to me when No 1 reached it...

    Sigh..

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