And Now She’s Seven

October 14, 2010 · 42 comments

Seven years ago on this day I pushed a 7 pound 8 ounce baby out of my body. She was the first good looking newborn that’s ever graced this planet.

The first of three.

And Now She's Seven

Before we left the hospital with our little treasure the nurses warned me that I might feel a little sad in a few days. I, however, was on cloud nine. I whispered to Pat back in our room, “how could anyone feel sad with such a blessed beautiful new life in their home!?!!?”

Three days later I was crying for no reason. How had this become my life??? My hormones and my weight and my boobs and our finances and. that. BABY!

And Now She's Seven

The adjustment wasn’t easy. The understanding that I now lived on baby time was a hard for me to grasp. I was anxious and uncomfortable and moody.

And then she smiled. My world melted at the sight of this little girl.

And Now She's Seven

And then she ate stuff.

And she walked.

And she laughed.

And she screamed.


And Now She's Seven

She was stubborn and strong-willed and sensitive and shy.

She was snuggly, she was a mama’s girl, and she loved her white blanket.

Miss Attitude

Now she’s seven. And I’m still crying. She’s barely changed one bit.

How has this become my life???

I’d sooner die than go back to life before Maile. Happy birthday baby girl!

And Now She's Seven

Mama Kat Loves You When You Love Her


Tiffany October 14, 2010 at 10:31 pm

Awww, Happy Birthday to your little girl! She’s beautiful! That second to last photo so looks like you! Her head cocked and all. She’s definitely sweet and sassy!

Jacqui October 14, 2010 at 11:02 pm

God talk about hormones, I’m just tearing up reading about yuor little girl let alone thinking about my 3 little boys. Congratulations, she’s a gorgeous little one that’s for sure. Happy birthday Maile!

mjrodriguez October 15, 2010 at 12:24 am

happy birthday to such a cute and adorable girl! i love the first photo where it shows just a slight tinge of naughtiness with the smile.

don’t worry, there are still more years to cry….but like you said, we wouldn’t want it any other way. :-)

Janice October 15, 2010 at 1:00 am

How sweet. You know they say 7 is the perfect number. =) This is a beautiful post for your birthday girl. Someday she’ll see this and cry a river!

Allison @ Alli 'n Son October 15, 2010 at 2:21 am

Happy birthday Maile! She’s a beautiful girl, from baby to now.

Angel October 15, 2010 at 3:23 am

Aww Happy Birthday sweetie pie.. She is definitely a little you Kat

Jennifer October 15, 2010 at 5:38 am

She’s beautiful!

It goes by so fast…

My oldest baby is 17–I have no idea how this happened…

Loukia October 15, 2010 at 6:32 am

She is absolutely beautiful! And happy 7th birthday to her… it’s so sad how fast they grow up! Beautiful post. :)

Jennifer October 15, 2010 at 6:32 am

Chubby baby legs FTW!

Babies really, really do change everything. For the better.

Tristina October 15, 2010 at 7:19 am

That first picture is priceless.

Happy Birthday, baby girl!!

Bethany October 15, 2010 at 7:21 am

Wow, the thighs in that first picture! That’s impressive stuff! And very much a cutie. Nice job, Mom and Dad.

Missy @ My Life Ain't Always Beautiful October 15, 2010 at 7:29 am

What a pretty girl. Happy Birthday!!!

S Club Mama October 15, 2010 at 8:37 am

Happy birthday, sweetie! Man, she’s cute!! Seriously adorable.

Jenn @ South of Sheridan October 15, 2010 at 9:05 am

Happy Birthday, Gorgeous! :)

Losing Brownies October 15, 2010 at 9:14 am

Happy Birthday!!

Mom Taxi Julie October 15, 2010 at 9:21 am

I so remember crying 3 days later lol. Happy Birthday to Maile!!

Rachel {at} Mommy Needs a Vacation October 15, 2010 at 10:54 am

Happy Birthday!!! I love your bday tribute to your little girl…your 1st baby!

Rachel @ It's A Hero October 15, 2010 at 10:59 am

A gorgeous post and a beautiful little lady she is!

Kimmy October 15, 2010 at 11:45 am

Awww…so precious!! I would agree….life before our snuggly, mama girl’s, I would never go back. I love my baby too.

Happy birthday to Maile!

Momma Drama October 15, 2010 at 11:52 am

She’s beautiful! Happy Birthday!

Kristy October 15, 2010 at 12:15 pm

I know, I know, I feel the same way! And I know I’ll feel the same way as the little maniac gets older. Sniffle, sniffle.

kisatrtle October 15, 2010 at 1:48 pm

I pushed a baby out seven years ago on Tuesday. He was a pretty cute newborn too.

Happy birthday to our babies.

robin October 15, 2010 at 2:05 pm

What a beautiful post for a beautiful girl. Happy birthday!

Ashlee October 15, 2010 at 3:44 pm

Beautiful post with beautiful pictures. She’s such an adorable little girl. Happy Seventh Birthday to her!

p.s. Thanks for adding in the “her life in pictures time line” since I’m narcissistic I’m just going to pretend that you added them per my twitter request. (=

Carol October 15, 2010 at 4:54 pm

I love chubby little baby legs. Both of my kids and my grandkids had chubby little baby legs. Your Maile is truly a beauty, just like her mom.

Jen October 15, 2010 at 4:56 pm

You probably know this but she is so beautiful.

I hope that she has a great birthday.

Heather Pranitis October 15, 2010 at 8:21 pm

Happy Birthday to your daughter! What a beautiful post in honor of her special day.

Bethany October 15, 2010 at 9:11 pm

Happy Birthday to her- what a cutie :) She’s so full of life!

Shawna October 15, 2010 at 9:38 pm

7 is such a huge transitional year! Kaya changed from my little girl into my big girl, borderline teenager. Everything she used to like is too babyish now. It’s heartbreaking and exciting at the same time.


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MacDougal Street Baby October 16, 2010 at 5:01 am

Just came out of my cave and found your site. I’m really looking forward to revisiting! I think I can learn a lot here.

Cheers! And happy birthday to your girl!

Lolli October 16, 2010 at 10:03 am

She just happens to have the best birthday ever. I would love to be a 7 year old again enjoying my birthday. As a mom, birthdays kinda stink.

abbie October 16, 2010 at 12:37 pm

Time flies by doesn’t it? Although we are in the screaming phase with the second one right now (she screams whether she is sad, mad or even happy!) so I wish time would move a little faster some days!
Hope your little one had a great day!

Mom's Me Time October 16, 2010 at 2:24 pm

beautiful! Wow…time flies.

Carol Betz October 16, 2010 at 4:45 pm

Happy birthday to your beautiful 7 year old daughter, Maile. As I read this I started to cry cause it seems like only yesterday I went through all those feelings. My baby is going to be 21 years old in March. But no matter what she is always my “baby” and I will always be her “mommie” Oh there she is now texting me to come ichat with her. Enjoy every second of those beautiful children of yours.

Wendi October 17, 2010 at 9:54 am

That is such a wonderful post about your daughter. My daughter just turned 7 as well on Oct. 6th. I can’t believe how fast time flies. HUGS

Peg October 17, 2010 at 9:59 am

Aww….happy birthday to Maile!
Such a beautiful child!

Sherri October 17, 2010 at 12:42 pm

Oh, she’s just adorable! And I don’t think we ever stop crying….Happy, Happy Birthday to your little one, who isn’t quite so little anymore.

Kimberley October 17, 2010 at 2:31 pm

Your daughter is beautiful! Happy Birthday to her and thank you for sharing!

Heather October 17, 2010 at 9:57 pm

Them baby blues seem like they last forever, with every milestone is they pop up and the tears flow, along with the pride and happiness of course. Happy seventh birthday to her and you!

Anastasia October 18, 2010 at 4:08 am

Those pictures are adorable!

Dumb Mom October 18, 2010 at 6:42 pm

Oh my gosh! How cute! I have a five year old who wants to meet her. He knows just what to do with older women.

Happy birthday to my girl’s girl! Hope it was a blast:)

Cyrene October 19, 2010 at 7:23 am

Belated birthday greetings to your little girl!!! Hope you all had a blast celebrating. :)

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