When I was pregnant with this girl, we really wanted to have her here with us before the end of the year for tax purposes. (Is that crass? I'm not apologizing, just wondering.) Anyway, short of reaching into my birth canal and yanking her out with my own bare hands, I did everything to make her come. But, this one had other plans and wanted to do things her own way.In that regard, life hasn't changed much for her outside the womb. She's opinionated, sassy, loud, and stubborn.These qualities are rarely pleasant when being exhibited by a preschooler, but if she keeps it up, she's going to be one hell of a strong woman. In parenting her, I walk a fine line between keeping her behaviour in check, yet doing my best to not kill the awesome, exuberant spirit she was born with. Her personality is truly larger than life.As the years pass, I don't feel sad that she isn't my baby anymore. I'm excited for what's to come. I can't wait to see the adult version of this girl. I have a feeling she's going to teach me how to have a good time.Happy Birthday, Lucinda Rose. Here's to another year of keeping me on my toes.