Friday, July 24, 2009

Everyone STOP for the Weekend of Jubilee...It's Lorelai's Birthday

Since I told you the story of Legare's birthday back in May, it's only fitting that I share the story of Lorelai's birth...July 26, 1990. Yes...our baby girl will be 19 years old on Sunday.

Hank's parents got here the night of the 25th and we all got a good night's sleep. The next morning, Hank and I left for the hospital about 4:30 AM for a scheduled c-section, and itty bitty 6 pound 11 ounce Lorelai was born at 9:07 AM. Easy Peasy!

Later that afternoon, four year old Legare came up with the best line of the day. Mother was fussing around the baby...looking at her hair and her hands and her feet. She knelt down to help Legare hold his baby sister, still making remarks about how much smaller she was than Legare had her hair was darker. Legare kissed Lorelai on the cheek and said, I LIKE her! Grandmama, don't YOU like her? Mother assured him that she did indeed like Lorelai.

Lorelai has the biggest heart in the world...she is a lot like her daddy in that respect.

As a matter of fact, she just about wears herself out sometime...

She can go from a pageant dress to her deer hunting clothes in a flash...from a young woman going out on the town to daddy's little girl in the blink of an eye. She, like her brother, is going to do great things in this world!

Lorelai has always had a flair for the dramatic. She learned to dial the telephone at four and when things didn't go to suit her here at home, she would go upstairs and call mother to tell on me. We didn't realize this for the longest time until one day when mother mentioned Lorelai calling her the day before. This was before mother got so forgetful, but I tried to argue with her nonetheless that I had NOT put Lorelai on the phone with her. Oh, said mother...I didn't talk with YOU...Lorelai calls me herself every now and then. Then Lorelai learned to call Hank at work...again to tattletale on ME. It was sort of a reverse "wait until daddy gets home!" Yes, she is an angel, but oh my goodness...sometimes she gives us a run for our money.

For her 16th birthday, we let Lorelai choose what she'd like to do. She chose a trip to New York City to include shopping at Tiffanys, a makeover (hair, makeup lesson and new makeup), and two Broadway shows. Hank, Lor, and I had a wonderful time sightseeing and saw The Wedding Singer and Hairspray. While she and I enjoyed a morning at the Elizabeth Arden Flagship Red Door on 5th Avenue, Hank did a little shopping for himself at Barney's. (Who says the parents can't enjoy the birthday too!) Afterwards, she took almost two hours looking at EVERY jewelry case in Tiffanys, ultimately choosing a sweet silver necklace and locket for her Sweet 16! The staff was very pleasant and accommodated her with anything she wanted to try on...and she tried on A LOT!
The photo on the left is the "before" photo as we were waiting for them to take her in for her appointment at Elizabeth Arden. The photo below is the "after" photo.

And now she is a rising college sophomore and turning 19...a beautiful young woman with the world at her feet. Hank and I are SO very proud. We love you sweet girl...

Remember....YOU are my sunshine!!!


  1. Happy Birthday, Lorelai! Hope you have a fabulous day.

  2. She is gorgeous!! Big Happy Birthday wishes!

  3. What a sweet post! Happy Bithday to your daughter!

  4. What a sweet post! Happy birthday Lorelai!

  5. Happy Birthday to your baby, Belle!! Mine was 19 in March also!!

    Y'all look so much alike - loved the one of her crashed on the bar stools, her and big brother and your mom and you two in your matching sweaters!! Meghan and I also took a girls only trip to NYC for a long weekend - she may have been about 14 or 15 - we had a blast as well!!

    Have a great weekend with your girl whatever y'all do!!

  6. Awww..what a sweetheart! Yes, time goes by so very fast...too fast for me!!!


  7. Happy Birthday Lorelai! I enjoyed the pictures! Have a great weekend!

  8. What a sweet post!Happy birthday to your 'little girl' :o)

  9. Beautiful post! Beautiful daughter! My grandmother and mother made a big deal when we turned 19. Looking back, I can see why. It is a great time to enjoy. Happy Birthday!

  10. Happy Birthday Lorelai! What a beautiful post. I know how proud you must be, she is a beautiful young woman who is going to do great things! Kathy

  11. We love your birthday posts Miss Belle, between your wonderful writing and the great photos it's as if we know Lorelai personally! She is just beautiful, and we love the early phone tales, goodness!

    Thanks you for sharing your darling daughter with us, it is a treat to watch her grow up!

  12. Happy Birthday Lorelai! We share a birthday!!!

  13. Happy Birthday to your wonderful daughter.

  14. This post melted my heart. So lovely.

    So many wonderful times, so many wonderful pix. (I love the sleeping cherub in white!)

    What an awesome 16th birthday adventure.

    Oh, I cannot get over the tattle tale phone calls. ROFL!!!

    Happy Birthday Lorelai!

  15. She is just BEAUTIFUL! Happy Birthday Lorelai!

  16. A lovely girl! It's kind of sad to see how fast she grew up! She would look so much prettier in Carolina Blue, though! LOL! Hope she had a great birthday, and it sounds like she did! ;O)

  17. I love this post. Happy Birthday Lorelei!

    So sweet and what a perfect 16th bday present.

  18. Happy Birthday Lorelei! I loved your photos of her just wiped out on the stool and her sleeping, she is such a beautiful girl!
    What a true blessing a child is! I wish her many many more!
    Take care and have a great week!

  19. My mama has been visiting and I am soooo behind in my blog reading...I totally missed Lorelai's birthday. How sweet are all the photos you have featured! Like myself, Lorelai sounds like a daddy's girl...that's okay, 'cuz we still love our mama's! She was such a cute little girl and I have to say that I'm now kicking myself for not telling my parents I wanted to go to New York City for my 16th birthday! Seriously, she is so beautiful and I know you are soooo proud of her! Happy belated birthday Lorelai:)


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