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  • Chickeymonkey’s Five


    Even the gibbons know she’s a monkey. She’s my little Chickeymonkey, and she’s five today. Happy Birthday to my little big girl!

        Me: “So, you’re gonna be five, huh?”


        Chick: “Yup!”


        Me: “Does that mean you’re going to turn into a gorilla, or an ape? Now that you’re getting bigger?”


        Chick: (Making a sad face) No. I don’t wanna be a gorilla or a ape. I wanna stay a Chickeymonkey.


        Me: “Yeah, you like being my little Chickeymonkey, don’t you?”


      Chick: “Yeeaaahhhh” (grins)


        Me: “You can have french toast sticks,”


        Me: “Or you can have some cereal,”


        Me: “And you can have some milk.”


        Me: “You can have some grapes in your lunch, if you want,”


        Me: “But you can only be four for ONE MORE DAY.”


        Me: “Then you have to be five.”


      Chick: “Awww Maaaaan!”


        Me: “So, how old ya gonna be again?”


        Chick: “Five.” (holds up this many)


        Me: “Wow. That’s a LOT of fingers.”


        Chick: (giggles)


        Me: “So then what are you gonna do?”


        Chick: “Then I’m gonna be SIX. And then I’m gonna be SEVEN, eight nine TEN and then I’ll be the same as Catybug!”


        Me: “Yes, well, by then, Catybug will be 15. I don’t think you’ll ever catch up.”


      Chick: “Awww Maaaannnn” (rolls eyes)


    A day in the life. What I wouldn’t give to have my biggest complaint be that mom is yanking my hair out when she is trying to brush the knots out. To be five again. To have such a wonderful, helpful big sister to play Littlest Pet Shop with, who only tortures you on occasion. To be a snugglebug, cuddly little kissyface brown eyed munchkin whose smile lights up the room, whose giggle is contagious, whose dry snarky sense of humor is too much like her mother’s. Who eats every ten minutes and chooses peanut butter on a spoon more often than not because “that’s protein, mom!”

    And to think, five years ago today I was in tears, not knowing whether or not she was going to make it. Wondering how I could possibly help her fight for her little life, lungs under-developed, broken collarbone, tubes winding in and out of her little body in her little incubator oxygen tank. Crying that I couldn’t nurse her, couldn’t hold her. All I could do was feel her little fingers wrap around me for short periods of time a few times a day. Bringing her home finally, after a week in the NICU, and I swear I never put her down.

    Now I can’t even pick her up.

    Happy Birthday, Chickeymonkey!

    Love, Mom


    Nancy said,

    AWWWW…..sniff sniff. I remember when my kids were in NICU!


    Wishing you rainbows and unicorns for all your days!

    9.21.2006 @ 6:28 am

    Happy Birthday to your little Chickymonkey! :yahoo:

    What a wonderful tribute of love to her! 5 is a wonderful age to be a mother, her 5, you not! She is showing you the world through her eyes at every turn. I loved this stage in my ArtistBoy. He was always poised with either a crayon or lego in hand asking me some impossible question to answer but still expecting I knew everything! I always had an answer but now at 19 he lets me know how many of them he has found to be so not true!

    Hug her a lot today and if she get tired of them tell her all your blogging buddies are sending them to you to give! :meow:

    9.21.2006 @ 7:19 am
    MommaK said,

    Happy Birthday sweet monkey!! :lovestruck: Your momma’s got me all choked up after that post. 5 is a super duper year and I just know you’re gonna have a blast!!


    9.21.2006 @ 7:55 am
    Ocean said,

    Awww, she is so beautiful!!! 5 years old! Wow ~ that seems like the funnest age. She is just so beautiful! I always wished I could have had a girl. I think I’m stuck with boys, ‘cos I don’t know if I could do it again… And I worry about the age thing. What an adorable nickname she has!! Happy Birthday to Chickeymonkey. You must have fun saying that. :jester:

    I’ve deleted a lot of my 13’s ~ mood swings up and down up and down ~ but I’ve saved a lot of my precious 13’s just to let you know if you see them missing. I don’t know why I go through the delete and throw things away thing sometimes, and then later wish I had it again… I’m trying to work on it tho’. :swimming:


    9.21.2006 @ 8:39 am
    Ocean said,

    I love my boys I forgot to say – doh – :zombie:

    9.21.2006 @ 8:53 am
    Darlene said,

    FIVE???? When did she get to be FIVE???? Jeez, I remember when you were pregnant with her, waddling to the freezer every 5 minutes for popsicles!!

    Happy Birthday, Baby Girl!! :yahoo:

    9.21.2006 @ 9:42 am
    Chaotic Mom said,

    What a VERY cool way to commemorate Chickeymonkey’s fifth birthday. And I LOVE her nickname! I’ve been through a couple of my sons’ fifth birthdays, but always wished I could lavish girly-girl gifts on a daughter of my own. Sigh… ;)

    9.21.2006 @ 11:33 am
    Christine said,

    Happy Birthday to your little Chickymonkey! :jester:
    I love the Monkey kiss at the top! A very beautiful way to celebrate.
    She’s a very beautiful monkey! My son just turned 6, and growing up can be so bittersweet! There little one day, and then the next they’re off to school all day and hanging out with friends.
    Hope she has an awesome day!

    9.21.2006 @ 1:23 pm
    Aunt Paige said,

    Happy Birthday Jayden. I can’t believe you are five. You are really growing fast. Wishing you a wonderful day. XOXOXOXO

    9.21.2006 @ 3:16 pm
    Lianne said,

    What a beautiful post! Blessings and Brithday Greetings to you both!

    9.21.2006 @ 3:25 pm
    ArtByErika said,

    CHICKIEMONKEY CHICKIEMONKEY! Happy Birthday CHICKIEMONKEY you will never be a gorilla you will always be a CHICKIEMONKEY!!! *MUAH*

    What a wonderful Mommy birthday post for her baby chickiemonkey :cheerful: :yahoo: :yes: :iloveu:

    9.21.2006 @ 5:09 pm
    Tommi said,

    LOVE, AUNT TOMMI, UNCLE MIKE, STEFEN AND RAYNE!! :rofl: :lovestruck: :cheerful: :hug:

    9.21.2006 @ 5:29 pm
    hubby said,

    I remember the day I got the call, I was in the same city I am today, I remember 5 years ago, watching Jay in the NICU, knowing that I had another love in my life, that made 3. I remember her falling asleep on my chest when she was a little thing, and again a week ago, when she was not so small. All in all, she is still my baby girl.

    I love you Jay Jay.


    Honey, I couldnt not have said it better than you did.

    Love ya

    9.21.2006 @ 6:24 pm
    Kim said,

    You have a beautiful Blog. Happy Birthday

    9.22.2006 @ 7:08 am
    Janene said,

    I just have to comment…I got all teared up after reading your post! Happy Birthday to your Chickymonkey and Happy Mommy Anniversary to you. My Baby Boy turned 10 months old and I already get sentimental about his first birthday being around the corner. :rolleyes:

    I’m excited about it…but I can’t believe it’s already so close! Just wait until I’m looking back and he’s turning 5!?! Wow!

    Beautiful Post ~ thanks for sharing. :dance:

    9.22.2006 @ 3:12 pm
    Shelli said,

    Happy birthday to Mom and her little Chickeymonkey. So sweet. I don’t think that I have ever heard the story of her miraculous birth. You will have to tell us that one sometime.

    9.22.2006 @ 6:14 pm
    Lisa-TheShizzle said,

    Beautiful, Leanne! Happy Birthday!!! :lovestruck:

    9.24.2006 @ 7:09 am
    Laura said,

    Chickymonkey, what a great nickname! I call my daughter Lil pistachio… (long story there). I miss those years when the girls were 5, and Five is such a great age!
    Congrats to all of you and happy belated bday to Miss Chickymonkey, she’s purty, indeed!

    (I was gone all week, Leanne, sorry about posting late!)

    9.25.2006 @ 1:40 pm
    Mrs. Fun said,

    :yahoo: Happy Birthday :sing: to you!!!

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