On her birthday.
July 27, 2010

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On her birthday, I took Charlotte to a local park complete with petting zoo, spray fountain, and shaded toddler swings…but all she wanted to do was walk.  Walk walk walk walk walk.  We walked up slopes and across soccer fields and navigated through a seemingly endless lot of picnic tables.  By the end of the afternoon, she was so exhausted that she could hardly take two steps without collapsing.

The difference between adults and toddlers seems to be that the toddlers are phenomenally more persistent.  If I fell down every other step, I would give up.  But to a small child who has just discovered that the world is at her fingertips, there is no such thing as failure.  Every time she falls, she stands back up.

Except for that one time.  You know.  When she fell down and was so thoroughly worn out that she took a few deep breaths and promptly fell asleep.

I’m typing these words and I’m trying to come up with something witty to say about that, about the time she drooled all over the floor because I decided to let my sleeping baby lay, but all I can come up with on remembering that moment is that MAN, motherhood is freaking awesome.


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  1. By tracy on July 27, 2010

    ain’t that the truth, sister. such determination in those little bodies. can you imagine wha we’d accomplish as adults if we had what they had??

  2. By kbreints on July 27, 2010

    Oh she is getting so tall!

  3. By Cynthia A on July 27, 2010

    determination is such an incredible feature!  Happy Birthday little Charlotte!

  4. By Sarah@Crazy Love Gamble-Style on July 27, 2010

    Love her determination and THAT DRESS!

  5. By Cynthia Krajcarski on July 28, 2010

    Isn’t that persistence crazy? A few days ago, Isla was trying to walk over to me on grass… It was not so even and she would fall on her butt after every single step… But she still walked to me.

    Silly girls!

    But oh SO beautiful!

  6. By Christy on July 29, 2010

    Happy birthday!!!!!


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