May 19, 2010 · 37 comments

This day is always a nostalgic one for me. I wasn’t sure I’d have more babies after Laina was born. You can read all about the ordeal in part I., part II., and part III. of her birth story (be warned, there’s some foul language in those posts), but I’ll save you the clicks and tell you now that it was traumatic for both of us. Laina was born with a giant bruise on her forehead and I endured a six hour surgery that required six blood transfusions and a painful night in the ICU. My brother, being the sentimental gem that he is, gave me permission to stop having babies after that. It was his way of telling me I had scared the shit out of the family. Pardon my french.

That baby is five years old today and every bit as amazing now as she was the day she was born.

Laina From Zero To One
Laina Two to Three

Laina 4 to 5

For her birthday I made her a Purple House cake and when it was finished she smiled and said, “Mom! Dats jest what my purple house looks like!!”

Laina's Birthday

She said her favorite part of the day was opening presents…

Laina's Birthday

My favorite part of the day

Me and Laina

Was remembering how lucky I am to have such happy, healthy, growing, amazing babies.

Here’s one minute of Laina talking candidly about her purple house…and a snippit of her adorable chipmunk dance:

Mama Kat Loves You When You Love Her


Michelle May 19, 2010 at 1:19 pm

Happy birthday, Laina!

Kimmy May 19, 2010 at 1:28 pm

Awww….Happy Birthday Laina!!! May you have many more fun days ahead. Oh, and get that purple house! :o)

Bobbie (mymamaruns) May 19, 2010 at 1:30 pm

Happy Birthday to your big girl!
On a side note, I think we have the same furniture! :)

Julie@my5monkeys May 19, 2010 at 1:31 pm

Happy Birthday to her :0 )

Scargosun May 19, 2010 at 1:31 pm

I never read the story before. I am at my desk almost in tears. I am SO glad you are still here. :)

Rachel May 19, 2010 at 1:32 pm

Absolutely adorable!! Loving that purple house cake!!

Jennifer May 19, 2010 at 2:50 pm

Aw, happy birthday sweet girl. The ones we have to fight the hardest for are the ones that will take care of us.

Jayme May 19, 2010 at 3:00 pm

Goodness you make some adorable kids!
Happy birthday, Laina!
What a huge ordeal it was for you to get her here. Crazy!

Michelle @ Le Poppy Design May 19, 2010 at 3:16 pm

Get that girl in some bootie shorts and a bra-top! Did you SEE those dance moves? Those “Put A Ring On It” dancers better make room for one more!

Los May 19, 2010 at 3:20 pm

Awww … shucks … I think I got some dust in my eyes!

Jessica May 19, 2010 at 3:53 pm

Oh my gosh! Can I just tell you that I think that’s absolutely, positively adorable? I love the way that you talk just like her.

Now…I’m going to watch the video – can’t wait!

Sweet Tea May 19, 2010 at 3:53 pm

Who wouldn’t love someone who loves a Purple House?!
Adorable Birthday Girl!!

Jessica May 19, 2010 at 3:56 pm

“In a bunk bed….wif my dogs…and the cat.” Haha! I love it!

lori May 19, 2010 at 4:22 pm

Aww, happy birthday to your beautiful little girl!

Jen May 19, 2010 at 4:22 pm

She is just adorable but I am sure that you know that. She is so special to have a mom like you and you are so blessed to have a daughter like her. I am so glad to get to know her through you and this blog. :)

Happy Birthday, Laina.

Jess May 19, 2010 at 4:30 pm

Happy Birthday Laina! That imagination is fantastic. She’s going places ya know. Good places…and yes, I got that all from her big birthday where she turns five. :)

Katherine May 19, 2010 at 4:33 pm

Congrats to the birthday girl. There is nothing like a birthday to make us moms feel all nostalgic about them being born and growing up. And to suddenly question where the time has gone.

Michelle May 19, 2010 at 4:41 pm

Happy birthday Laina! The video of her is adorable!

alexis May 19, 2010 at 5:02 pm

three things:

1) you are gorgeous.
2) your kids are adorable–i have a little brother named kainoa.
3) i forgot the third thing, but love your blog.

Justine May 19, 2010 at 5:18 pm

What an amazing imagination she has!!! And her eyes when she’s talking about the house and the forest and Sparkles are sooooooo serious. She’s gorgeous!

Happy birthday, Laina!!!

Justine :o )

Amanda May 19, 2010 at 5:31 pm

What an awesome mom you are to make that sweet cake!!!!!!

Jenn @ That Just Happened May 19, 2010 at 5:51 pm

So cute! Happy Birthday!

Tracy P. May 19, 2010 at 6:11 pm

I hope she and the dogs drive over to my house some day. I’ll paint it purple if I have to. My blog is purple. Will that do? Love her!

Happy birthday, Laina!!

Trudy May 19, 2010 at 7:10 pm

Happy Birthday to Laina! Adorable video and the photos are great too.

BigMamaCass May 19, 2010 at 8:22 pm

Awww Happy Birthday Laina! What a great video!!! She is so cute! :)

Erin May 19, 2010 at 8:59 pm

Happy Birthday Beautiful Girl!

Stephanie @ The Blue Zoo May 19, 2010 at 10:01 pm

How sweet!! Happy Bday little cutie!

I am loving age 5. My 5 yr old twins say the cutest things!

Clover May 20, 2010 at 1:45 am

AWWWW! Happy birthday to Laina! You guys have the same eyes. Awesome purple house cake.

Foursons May 20, 2010 at 4:00 am

I’m going to have to go back and read your terrifying story. I love to watch train wrecks too, in case you were wondering.

Laina is such a doll. Happy 5th Birthday to that sweet girl!

Foursons May 20, 2010 at 4:00 am

Oh, and I love that you made her a purple house cake. You pretty much rock.

Jen May 20, 2010 at 6:40 am

Happy one-day late birthday, Laina! You bettter be nice to your mommy after all that birthing drama!

Kat, you are the best mom ever for that purple cake! So cute.

Erin May 20, 2010 at 9:15 am

GREAT cake!

Allison @ Alli 'n Son May 20, 2010 at 10:40 am

Happy birthday Laina! Love the purple house cake.

Otter May 20, 2010 at 11:44 am

Happy Birthday Laina. She is cute and very imaginative.

Mom Taxi Julie May 20, 2010 at 8:48 pm

Happy Birthday Laina

Bethany May 28, 2010 at 1:59 pm

Aw, what a cute little baby she was! Happy late birthday to her! :)

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