| Feb 2015
Mommyness

She’s got his eyes and my anxiety.

Lola is eight. EIGHT! I remember the moment she was born. I expected my first thought to be, “I am overwhelmed by the love, this is a perfect moment, this is all they said it would be!” Instead, I distinctly remember thinking, “I love this little person, WOW that hurt, and I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I’M DOING.”

Lola taught us how to be parents and to take care of her. She continues to teach us every single day.  Lola has inherited Penn’s long lean stature, his eyes, and musical talent. From me? An obsession with sweets and anxiety. For that, I would like to formally apologize to my daughter. She spent most of her eighth birthday party worried about who to play with for fear of offending the others. Sigh.

Happy Birthday, my sweet, sensitive girl.

P.S. Like her mother, cake and pizza  solved all problems. She was a very happy birthday girl!

 

  • Kim

    My “little” girl Emily will turn 15 at the end of this month. She was a leap day baby and so she has had only 3 actual birthday where we could actually celebrate on that day. My husband tried to get away with trying to only buy gifts on her actual birthday, lol. As you can imagine that did not go over well with her. 🙂 We only have the one, but love her infinity. Happy birthday to Lola. P.S. Thanks so much for your videos, my daughter and I love to watch them. You guys are super talented and funny. Keep up the good work. – Kim

    • http://theholdernessfamily.com pennternet

      Thanks you! I’m obsessed with leap day! How special your daughter was born on that day.

      • Kim

        yes thank you she is!!

  • Cathy P in AZ

    Awwww! Our first baby teaches us all how to be loving parents, don’t they? Happy birthday beautiful Lola! Best wishes for many more!

    • http://theholdernessfamily.com pennternet

      We call her “the first pancake” ya know.. the one you mess up a little? we apologize to her constantly. she seems to be doing well DESPITE us

    • http://theholdernessfamily.com pennternet

      Thank you!

  • Jessica

    Happy Birthday Lola!! You are such a blessing to your whole family!

  • Denise

    Happy Birthday, Lola!!!!

  • http://LaGuardiaCross.com La Guardia Cross

    As a new dad I TOTALLY relate to “I have no idea what I’m doing”. I’m only 3 months in, but I always wonder what traits our little girl will take on. We wish she’d be a superhero combination of only our best traits, but we know that’s not how it works. 8 years old is such a massive milestone. Congrats on the journey and creating a create daughter along the way.

    At what age (for your kids) did you feel like “Ok, I think I know what I’m doing now”?

    • http://LaGuardiaCross.com La Guardia Cross

      *great daughter

  • Linda

    I just want you to know that your statement I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I’M DOING totally described my first few minutes home 32 years ago this Thursday. My husband picked us up, got us home and had to scurry back to work. I had been babysitting since I was 12 but apparently childbirth took all that experience away. But it was all good and in 4.5 months we get to start over with a sweet grandchild – can’t wait to see if it all comes back!

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