Happy Birthday, Helen!

5 years ago today, I was hooked up to monitors and an epidural, wondering if this little creature would EVER be coerced to come out. She was unsure about transition even then, and given the choice, probably would still be in there.

Happy Birthday, Helen! I love you so very much!

Leap for Joy

Helen on the porch

Helen and flower

Today, I dropped her off at swimming lessons and left the premises, since she cranks up the drama when I’m in her visual sphere… And she did GREAT! Maybe by the end of 2 weeks she’ll even be willing to get her face wet — that would be the biggest success of all! But today she swam from one side of the pool to the other with the coach helping her stay afloat, and her grin was ENORMOUS as I showed up at the end of the lesson with cupcakes for all of the kids in her class. Impromptu birthday parties; gotta love it.