(At about 2 weeks)
years ago today, I remember trying for twenty-six hours to bring my son
into the world, only to have a stranger come in and do it in under 30
minutes. I turned my head, and the first view I had of Ben was him
lifting himself up on all fours on the table as the nurse did those
things nurses do when babies are born.
(at about 3 months)
remember expecting him, as a newborn, to be tinier and more fragile
than he actually was. At almost 9 1/2 pounds, he was just barely under
my approved weight limit for what I could safely lift and carry for the
next 6 weeks.
(presiding over The Weed Patch)
down to Colorado with my new son, my husband, and my in-laws was one of
the most challenging experiences of my life, but one that has given me
some of the best memories. In two years, I have learned about
multi-tasking, sensory overload, self-sacrifice, what real messes are,
how to clean in record time, and the importance of personal devotional
time and coffee.
family. I don't know how single moms do it. I wouldn't have made it
this far without our parents, sisters, brothers, aunties & uncles,
best friends, new friends, grandparents, and of course, my husband.
(First pool experience)
is two today. He knows the entire alphabet by sight, and can name over
half the letters. He loves ducks and books, and of all his toys, he
plays the most with his ball and Mr. Potato Head.
(The discovery of Toilet Paper)
is by far his most favorite thing in the world, second only to going
outside. His favorites are Loreena McKennitt and the fiddler from the
group Celtic Woman. Shortly after walking (at about a year), he began
running, then jumping, and spinning.
has danced to music ever since he was able to bounce on his tummy. He
is strong, stubborn, intelligent, and has his own mind about things.
He gives me a bad headache just about every day, which I get over during his long stretches of (thank you Jesus) sleep.
(First Lawn Mowing)
And I love him more than anything else in the world.
Happy Birthday, Baby!