Special Sauce with Extra Cheese, because you ALWAYS get extra cheese on your birthday.


12:18am, a year ago, my daughter took her very first breath.
I laid eyes on the daughter I never thought I’d have.
My husband wept as he stared at the little girl he had always dreamed of having.
At 12:18 am, after 24 hours of labor, our worlds were forever changed.
For the better.
In ways we’d never imagined.
One year ago, today, Gabriella Mercedes made her grand entrance into this world, weighing 8lbs, 5 oz and having a head full of thick, shiny, black hair that the nurses would lovingly refer to as “a wig.”

One year ago, today, I gazed into the eyes of the baby who would rip farts like no other baby girl ever born. (I HAD to mention The Farting. The Cheese was starting to choke me)

A year ago, today, I fell in love, for the third time, with a child of mine. A child who did not have a penis, who was without balls, for this child was a girl. A beautiful, amazing, soft, sweet smelling, tender, wrinkly, chunky, darling, abolutely perfect little girl.
I am humbled and I am honored to call myself her mother.
If she could read this (and she totally could if I had taken the time to teach her because, baby girl is a genius!) I would say these words to her right this very minute…Happy Birthday, Special Sauce. I’m so glad you came into my life. I needed you, I wanted you and I’ve loved you deeply for as long as I knew you existed, before I had even laid eyes on you. You’re such a beautiful girl, in so many ways. I even find your poop to be precious. THAT’S how much I love you, sweet girl. Thank you for the incredible gift of joy you have given to me, to your father, to your brothers and everyone else who has had the pleasure of knowing you for this past year. You simply are the best thing that has happened to The Four of Us. I love you. Keep on farting, because Fizarts are funny and mommy LOVES The Funny.
But not as much as I love you.

57 thoughts on “Special Sauce with Extra Cheese, because you ALWAYS get extra cheese on your birthday.

  1. buzz

    Happy Birthday, Gabriella! You are SO lucky to have been born into the family that you were! I hope your day goes super-califragilistically!!

  2. Heather

    I so…………………understand that kind of love. I have it for my son, the only boy! Of course i love the girls as much, but there is 7 years between the boy and the youngest girl and the fact that he was a BOY! A FREAKIN BOY! (After 3 girls)
    I know the love you speak of it, and it is so wonderful to hear you explain it and cherish it, and you have an awesome way with words girl!
    Happy Birthday to Ms. Gabby!

  3. Lassa

    Happy Birthday to your sweet girl :)
    That shot of the doctor holding her is amazing! She looks alot bigger than 8 pounds!
    What an adorable little girl.

  4. Sarcastic Journalist

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! and happy one year to having a scull come out of your vagina.
    also, please remember to tell her that “Uncle Joey” (from full house) delivered her. that is important.

  5. Y

    Thanks, y’all. Seriously. The love and support you’ve given to my little Sauce over this past year has meant so much to me. I will tell her when she’s old enough to understand how good my homies on The Internet were to her. :-)

  6. dana michelle

    Happy, happy 1st birthday little Gabrielle!! You are one lucky and well-loved little girl :)
    Y, your cheese posts always get to me. I hope that you are keeping them in a file to give to each of your kids when they’re old enough to both read and APPRECIATE them. You are an amazing mom.
    I must have missed that picture of the doctor the first time around. It’s hilarious! He looks like he’s
    terrified of her.

  7. Salida

    Happy Birthday to Gabby!
    She makes her mama happy.
    All the poops, farts and smells
    But! she wears them so well
    Mama just couldn’t live without Gabby.
    Enjoy the day, and take lots of pics! She may look different tomorrow.

  8. mollie

    aww happy 1st birthday gabby!! Wow, seems like just yesterday everyone was waiting for “the” post.

  9. Sara

    It’s already been a year?! Seriously?! Happy birthday, Gabby!
    The Cheese always warms my heart. Keep processin’.

  10. Mona

    Happy Belated Birthday beautiful cutest Gabby. Awww I cried reading the beautiful words your mom typed in here, it’s been ages since I visited here and I missed your birthday. Only reason for that was coz I started working.

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