Like Samuel, Lydia also plays her birth order well - she fits the molds of little sister and big sister well. She knows how to work her charm on the boys, and she also dotes on Nora (often giving in a little too easily when Nora "needs" something).
On this day I like to reflect back to December 18th, 2009 - it is still with great surprise that I recall the emotions when my doctor proudly and with much emotion himself, announced that we had a baby girl. And, as I do every year, I must insert the caveat that we love our boys fiercely as well. It was the surprise of a daughter that was (and remains to be) quite extraordinary.
To our girl, Happy Birthday, we love you more than you can imagine. XO