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Sunday, January 20, 2013

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NOW: Lexi is a normal little girl who loves everything from baby dolls and Hello Kitty to soccer and participating in the American Cancer Society Relay For Life.
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THEN: Alexis Chamblee was a featured baby in our "Babies" section five years ago.
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If you want a reminder of how fast time flies, browse through some photos of a child you love.

To her parents, it seems like just yesterday Alexis Chamblee was a tiny baby, but in fact, she entered the world Oct. 22, 2007, and the T-G has the documentation to prove it.

In preparing our annual "Babies" special content, we decided to flip back five years ago and randomly check in on one of the babies featured in that section.

Today, on pages 4 and 5 of the Life & Leisure section of our print edition, you'll see the adorable baby faces who entered the world in 2012.

Meet Lexi

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Lexi has always been both caring and feisty, her mom says.
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Alexis, or "Lexi" as she likes to be called, is the 5-year-old daughter of Samantha and Terry Chamblee of Shelbyville.

Many locals will recognize the Chamblee name as it relates to the local Relay for Life event, an annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society that's held each summer. Lexi's mom Samantha, who lost her mom to lung cancer eight years ago, has been involved in the fundraiser for years, and Samantha said her daughter hasn't fallen far from the tree.

"She's participated in Relay since she was in the womb," said Samantha. "She stays until she crashes, and she's always asking if she can go to Relay. She doesn't understand the difference between Relay planning meetings and the actual event, so she's always asking if she can go with me when I have to go to a meeting."

Described by her mom as tender-hearted in nature, Lexi was a very good baby, if somewhat "determined," her mom joked.

'Long time ago'

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Lexi, her sister Anna, and friend Brice participated in a Relay For Life team last year. Lexi and Anna's mother, Samantha Chamblee, is a past chair of the local event and now serves on a statewide Relay council.
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"She was a very good baby -- wow, that was a long time ago," laughed Samantha. "She's always been a very good child but strong-willed. She's so loving. When I think of her and have to describe her, I think of her as being so caring and a little girl with a big heart."

In addition to being passionate about Relay for Life, the young lady also loves drawing and taking care of her baby dolls.

"She loves to play 'Mama,'" Samantha said. "She has a very sweet and caring personality, but definitely likes things her way. She and her older sister love to play 'daycare and school' together."

Soccer, too

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Lexi (age 4 in this photo) is growing up quickly.
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Miss Lexi has also become quite the soccer player, her mom said.

"She played soccer for the first time this year and loved, loved, loved it," said Samantha. "I thought she would be shy but she wasn't at all. She was very good."

Lexi attends a local preschool and is ready to head to a Cascade kindergarten class this fall.Now: Lexi is a normal little girl who loves everything from baby dolls and Hello Kitty to soccer and participating in Relay for Life.

3-Lexi has always been both caring and fiesty in nature, her mom says.

4-Lexi, her sister Anna, and friend Brice participated in a Relay for Life team last year. Lexi and Anna's mom, Samantha Chamblee, has many times served as the event's chair.

5-Lexi (age 4 in this photo) is growing up quickly.

6-One thing that's remained the same over the last five years, Samantha says, is Lexi remains a Daddy's Girl.



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