Happy Birthday Baby Girl

10 years ago today, God blessed us with the most incredible little lady.

It is so hard to believe she is 10, it feels like yesterday that i was very very pregnant and wishing she was here. 

Here is her birth story 

I was 19 when I got married, Andrew 20, all I ever wanted was to get married and be a stay at home mom... So we decided we would work on that right away, some people choose to wait, we didn't and not once have been sorry!!!

We found out about Brooke in Nov of 2002 and wanted to wait til Christmas to tell our family, well that didn't work out like planned bc I got to sick and my mom was really worried... So we broke the news to her, there were tears of happiness all around....

It was a long nine months... I was sick and still in college, I had to take time of from school and be admitted in hospital, I had kidney stones and was so sick....
Andrew lost his job and we had to move to St John's, moved here at 8 months pregnant and had a time trying to find a doctor, found one I really disliked, he had no bedside manners, I was due Aug 12, 2003. I went to see him july 28 and he said I dilated 3 cm and would give birth early that morning, he also went ahead and stripped my membranes, I still really didn't think this was it, sure enough I woke at 630 am and needed to pee, before I stepped out of the bed, my water broke, I told Andrew I had peed my pants, he said no your water broke, I had no pain and had no reason to go to hospital, called my parents and told them I was in labor, SO I showered, ate, pack my bag(just in case), got to hospital around 8 am, they checked me and I am 6 cm dilated, they take me to labor and delivery, they told me to take a shower and relax, I had one of the best showers of all time,contractions were so much easier in the hot shower,  once out of the shower I am 8 cm and ready to bring my baby into the world, with only her mom and dad there to meet our bundle of joy!
The nurse hurries to get a doctor to deliver my baby, no doctor makes it, she is delivered by an intern at 8:54 am after 15 mins of pushing, Brooke Lynn Grothe, 8lbs 4.1 ounces!! The nurse was so impressed and kept telling me to come back anytime, hahaha. 

I consider myself to be a very blessed mother, I am blessed with a healthy baby girl who is my pride and joy!

Dear Brooke,

I can’t believe it and I wish I could turn the clock backwards to the first time I held you in my arms. I’ll never forget the way you smelled, your squishy little face, your head full of black hair, and the peach fuzz that covered your shoulders and ear lobes. You were smaller than I expected and even swaddled up, you felt so fragile and breakable to me. We knew before you came that you would be special so daddy and I had our guards up immediately. You were our precious baby girl, the one we had waited for, and the one who completed our family. 

You are my heart and soul. Since the moment you came into this world, you have had an effect on mommy and daddy that is impossible to put into words. You have smiled since day one and I love the way you go after everything in life with such flare and optimism. I hope that you always allow your wonderful self to shine. 
Do not let others tell you how to act or who to be. 

Do not let others let you waiver from your own path. Above all else, do not let anyone make you feel anything other than amazing.
 You are intelligent, sincere, empathetic, giving, creative, and oh so beautiful. 
Know that you have been blessed with everything you need in life to succeed and find happiness. This world is an amazing and challenging place. It is yours to savor, navigate, and enjoy. Live each day with a sense of gratitude and life will honor your heart. I will be beside you every step of the way. I will hold your hand, cheer you on, pick you up, and watch you discover all that it means to be you.

I wish you the happiest of birthdays, Brooke Lynn . No matter how old, you’ll always my baby. I love you.
Love, Mama


  1. Wonderful birthday tribute to your daughter, Terri! I loved reading your birth story and also the sweet letter you wrote to Brooke. She is lucky to have a mama like you :)

  2. Such a sweet post, Terri. Your daughter is lovely; many happy birthday wishes to her!

    1. THank you, appreciate the kind words:)
      I think she is lovely as well

  3. Beautiful post... Happy Birthday Brooke!! Love her name BTW!!

    1. Thanks :) she was gonna be something else...i like her name

  4. AH! What a beautiful birth story and letter to your daughter! She sounds amazing! :)

  5. Happy Birthday to your darling!! I loved reading your words. :)

  6. Your advice to your daughter is perfect. Happy birthday Brooke!

  7. Aww Happy BDay. Your daughter is adorable.

  8. She is a beautiful girl. Congrats and happy birthday!

  9. Awww so sweet! Hope you and your beautiful daughter had a great day celebrating :)

  10. What a beautiful post, a wonderful story!


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