Thursday, April 09, 2009

10 years old!!

April is our family's birthday month. My dad is the 2nd, Tristan's is the 6th, my lil sister's is on the 20th and Isabel's is today!! Isabel was born on April 9, 1999 at 8:22am after 24 hours of labor. Unlike Tristan, her head was not a cone shape and I didn't have an epidural. She is the biggest of all my babies (beating Livie by 1 ounce) weighing in a 8 pounds 2 ounces, 19 3/4 inches long. She looked like a chubby, hairy, Oriental baby. Too cute!! Alec couldn't say "Isabel" so he called her "Diddle-bel" which eventually became "Diddles" and the nickname has stuck.

Izzy is shy and not a big talker. She is so talented in so many things. We've discovered that individual sports may be her "thing." She already kicked butt in gymnastics and is now taking karate. After 4 classes she tested and passed for her yellow belt. She really enjoys it a lot! She also told me that tennis sounded fun... She is very sweet and doesn't like to hurt anyone's feelings. When she was tired of all the hours she dedicated to gymnastics and didn't want to miss out on the fun at home she was so nervous I would be sad that she wrote this long letter to Sei and I about how she just wants to be home with us, etc... It was so sweet. When I married Sei, Kelsea and Karlea were almost 3. Isabel was so giving and nurturing and sharing with them even though she was younger. She never complained about sharing clothes, toys, her room, her parents!! And she would just sit there, looking as sweet as can be while people doted on "the twins" and ignored her. Broke. My. Heart.

Isabel is beautiful, athletic and awesome. She is so smart. She has always loved learning and could read and write earlier than any of her other siblings. She loved to use sign and could sign her ABCS in like 10 seconds flat when she was 4. :) She has always been the child I could take into public and come home with all my hair still intact. I actually cried when she started kindergarten. *sniff* I love you Isabel!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DIDDLES!!!!

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19 comments:

Heidi said...

Yay! I'm first! HAPPY BIRTDAY ISABEL! We miss you!! :)

Stacey said...

Happy birthday to your sweet girl!

swampbaby said...

Happy, happy birthday sweet Isabel!

omar said...

Heh, Diddle-bel.

Happy birthday, Izzy! Tristan was really only 4 in that picture? He looks way older than that.

Did I already mention that April is the best birthday month? It is. We have 10 April birthdays of my local family members (including mine and my daughter's).

MommyJ said...

I think Diddles is a most excellent nickname... Happy Birthday!

April is a big birthday month for us too.

Beckie said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! May I just say she looks exactly like you!!! BEEE-UTIFUL!!!

aubrey said...

happy birthday, isabel! do you guys still call her by that nickname? i love it!

Heidi said...

Happy Birthday Isabel! Cute nickname. She is so beautiful, just like her mom.

Kaitlyn said...

Happy Birthday Isabel!!

She really is a sweetie and I love working with her in Activity Days!

K said...

She's so pretty! Lucky for you that she's got the brains and brawn to back it up. Happy Birthday, Isabel!

Shelby Lou said...

happiest birthday wishes to isabel! that dress is so adorable.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Isabel!
You are a beautiful little girl!
And you look like your Mom.
Alabama Grandmother

Klin said...

She looks like you, Tori.

Happy Birthday Izzy. You are an amazing young lady.

~j. said...

Happy birthday, Izz! You are so lovely!

Yvonne said...

I had to read the post twice because I was hoping for an explanation for the name "Diddles" ; )

Happy Birthday Isabel--you are such a beautiful girl.

Momma Magpie said...

Happy birthday, Isabel!

And Tori--You are absolutely right about what you said on my blog regarding policemen. To generalize that all cops are jerks because I got a bad response from one is like racism, isn't it? I would never perpetuate closed mindedness intentionally. I think there's probably a majority of good guys and gals like Sei out there in law enforcement-- and I'm grateful for them.

Have a happy happy Easter!

Mikelene said...

Happy day-after-your-Birthday to Isabel!! She sounds like a fantabulous girl!

BTW, your lil sis & I share a b-day. :)

Nancy Face said...

Happy birthday to beautiful Diddles! My dad's birthday is April 9th, too! :D

Amanda said...

Happy way belated birthday Diddles! I hope you had a great day!

ps. You are beautiful! :) I think you look a lot like your mom and she is beautiful too! :)