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Monday, September 22, 2008

The Eight Year Old Princess


Dear Payton,

Eight years ago today, a little girl that weighed just a hair over six pounds came into this world.

Mom doesn't really remember, though - she was pretty doped up on her epidural.

But I became a proud daddy that day.

In the eight years I've known you:

1) You've floored me with your incredible memory and intellect.

2) You've made me bawl like a baby at your Kindergarten graduation, your first dance recital, and at the end of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" every time they "MOVE THAT BUS!"

...wait...one of those might not be right.



3)
You made your mother and I want to kill each other for your first 18 months...

...where you would sleep a grand total of 4 hours a day and scream bloody murder the rest...because you had colic.

I hate colic.

How we managed to agree on a second kid after all that, I have NO idea.

By the way...thanks for letting me and mom sleep in until 6:00 a.m. this morning.

That was refreshing.

4) You've made me proud to call you my daughter, and completely forget those first 18 months.

If I could do it over exactly - colic and everything - and wind up with the same little girl, I totally would.


5) You made me realize how much I hate being an hour away at my job when you fell and broke your wrist last month.

Never before had I wanted to have a hood-mounted canon on my car more than that day.

Well - once before...but only because I was behind someone that resembled Rachael Ray.

6) You've successfully stolen the pet name "Princess" from your mother.

I now refer to mom as "shnookums," "hey you," and occasionally "guacamole."

I think she wants "Princess" back.

She's not getting it. We'll have to work on something else.

7) You've gotten somehow more beautiful the older you get.

I'm not quite clear on how that's possible, but I'm completely fearful of the boys who will - eventually - come knocking at the house...and having to deal with me.

You might want to keep your relationships a secret.

Just another helpful tip from Daddy.


I love you, Princess.

Happy Birthday.

20 comments:

Midleah said...

Holy crap...she's beautiful.

Yep, you'll be having serious issues when she hits her teens, my fren.

Maggie said...

Wow that is the most beautiful post for your beautiful daughter. Make sure you save a copy of it for her forever!

coffeypot said...

What beautiful eyes! Happy Birthday, sweetie.

Narm said...

Wow - the wifey has made it to
"guacamole" status? You must really be in love.

Happy Birthday to your daughter and congrats on a beautiful little girl.

Indrani Bhattacharya said...

Payton is a gorgeous young lady, Rodney. She's SO BEAUTIFUL already!! In all her snaps she looks beautiful, but in that white silk dress, she especially looks like a fairy :-D

You're very lucky to have such a beautiful daughter, who is intelligent and talented as well.

Please tell Payton that Indrani sends her hugs, kisses and love to her, on her birthday.
Please also tell her that she and myself share the same number, 22nd, as our birthdays.

Thanx!

The Sports Mama said...

Oh my... happy birthday to your beautiful girl! In another eight years you'll be chasing out boys like my son! :)

And, um.... guacamole? Your wife lets you compare her to an icky, slimy substance?

meleah rebeccah said...

awww............

Now that was 'The Best' daddy to daughter birthday post EVER.

Happy Birthday To Your Daughter.

Evil Genius said...

What a beautiful little princess. And what a great dad you are, too.

Now stop making me cry, dammit!

:-)

p.s. Happy Birthday Princess!

C.Rag said...

Happy B-Day Little Mooogette!

LBluca77 said...

Happy Birthday Payton!! She is so cute, and the coolest 8 year old ever for wearing a red sox sweatshirt.

Christina_the_wench said...

She is adorable. You sure she's yours? Oh cmon. Everyone was thinking it. I just typed it. ;)

Happy Birthday!

My daughter turned 15 on Saturday. The things that lie ahead of you.... *evil laugh*

catscratch said...

Awesome! Happy Birthday to the lil Princess!!

Just wait. In a few short years, she'll be a teenager and making you bat-sh*t crazy.

c.watson said...

Aww that was a freakin sweet post. Wait is this mooooog's blog? Hmmm are you feeling ok? How did something so cute come from you (ok technically I've never seen you but anyone with a giant hand for a head I would think would have some messed up kids but I guess you got extremely lucky).

moooooog35 said...

Hey all - thanks for the comments.

Yeah - she's a beauty all right.

This scares me, and is one of the main reasons her brother is learning karate. As long as he's a minor, they can't prove I had anything to do with her boyfriend's severe beating.

On a side note, no - I have not gone soft (except where the family is concerned)...

...tomorrow's post is back to basics.

Trust me.

Raspootin said...

wow your daughter is a beauty!

Happy B-day to her

Malach the Merciless said...

YAY!

AngryMan said...

You wrote this after she programmed your number into all those phones? Impressive.

Warped Mind of Ron said...

Happy Birthday to the Princess! My condolences to your sanity when she's in her teens and dating.

Arielle said...

I can just imagine your posts when she starts dating. I think you would be a lot like my dad in that respect, a gun in one hand and a pair of garden shears in the other. Guys were scared to date me and my sister.

blankforever said...

This is the best ever, dude. Well said.

and

Rachael Ray so fully rules.

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