posted by Momo Fali on December 29, 2012

Are you kidding me right now? You’re 14? That’s just crazy.

Your birth was terrifying. I went to the hospital for a routine ultrasound and you arrived the next day, 10 weeks too soon. You were all of 2 lbs. 9 oz. and so small that I couldn’t fathom you would ever be as big as you are now. I still worry about you a lot, but nothing like how I worried back then.

Here you are with the lamb that watched over you for the five weeks you spent in the hospital. This was a momentous occasion, because you had reached 3 lbs. For the record, that is pretty much no weight at all. I can gain 3 lbs. if I eat too many tortilla chips.

People talk so much about how far your brother has come, but you are a miracle too. I guess you’ve always made it look so easy. You make a lot of things look easy. Mostly reading books. And, math. And, softball. And, organization. And, a lot of other things for which you could give me lessons.

I am somewhere BEYOND proud of you for how far you have come from that teeny, tiny preemie. I was about to say that you are an amazing kid, but you’re not really a kid anymore. It makes my heart hurt to say that, but I’ll be okay. Just don’t talk about going away to college or I’ll burst into tears. Fair warning.

Now, that lamb is dwarfed by your 14 year old self. See it? Up there by your head? It’s barely visible and yes, that’s the same lamb. Also the same person, but in a bigger bed and with less monitors and hospital bills.

There is something about you, though, that makes me NOT look back. With you, I tend to look forward. You have so much to offer this world and I can’t wait to see where you go and what you do. I have never been more sure of anything than I am of the fact that you can conquer anything to which you set your mind.

Except for how much I love you. I’m sure of that too.

Happy birthday, Goose. I’m so glad you were born.


  • Melanie

    Happy Birthday to the little peanut that stole my heart. I thank God for you everyday as it was you and your strength that prepared me to take care of my preemie. You are a blessing to everyone that knows you!

  • Liz

    Beautiful, happy birthday to the both of you.

  • meriah

    what a lovely post… happy birthing day to you too, Mama!

  • Redneck Mommy

    Fourteen is awesome. I hope you both enjoy it!

  • Tara R.

    A wonderful, happy birthday to you both.

  • Jamie@SouthMainMuse

    “something about you, though, that makes me NOT look back. With you, I tend to look forward.” What a great statement. That’s how I feel about my daughter too. How wonderful to have these self-confident talented daughters.

  • Always Home and uncool

    Beautiful. Happiest days to you all.

  • mare

    Sweet, lovely tribute to your girl. Fourteen is such a significant age. Hope her day was perfect!

  • Mom Off Meth

    My son’s nick-name is Goose too! I also have a fourteen year old daughter. She was two weeks LATE. And her collar bone broke during delivery she was so big. That hurt man!!

    Happy birthday to the fourteen year old. They are pretty cool.

  • Melisa

    Happy birthday, Alison! I am going to drink two giant glasses of lemonade and then call your mom and tell her how pretty she is, all in your honor. xoxo

  • Margaret

    My twin girls were also born at 30 weeks–what a terrifying time. They are now 14 months. Seeing your daughter healthy and thriving gives me so much hope for my babies’ future.

  • Arnebya

    Sooooo you sneak in when they’re sleeping too. Good to know. Also, 14. Wow. I remember it like it was, well, 25 years ago. Happy birthday to her!

  • Aimee Giese | Greeblemonkey

    Wow. Times seriously does fly, huh?????

  • tara

    So sweet!

    Happy Birthday to your beautiful girl!

  • meleahrebeccah

    Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww! Happy 14th Birthday! XOXO

  • AlisonH

    A wonderful, belated happy birthday to a fellow December baby. Fourteen is a great year–enjoy!

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