Sunday, March 17, 2013

Happy Tenth Birthday

I gave birth ten years ago today, for the first time.  My son was born at 7:21 pm.  I remember that while I was pushing, President George W. Bush was on TV declaring war against Iraq.  I had to ask that the television be turned off.  It was not something I wanted to see while trying to give birth, and that attempt wasn't going very well.

The baby was absolutely stuck.  They tried to get him out using forceps.  He was not budging.  The baby was in distress, so I was rushed in for an emergency c-section.  I didn't know what was going on, they didn't seem horribly panicked, so I wasn't very concerned.  All I knew was that I needed to have a c-section.  I was okay with that.

Upon the removal of the baby, they ran him directly out of the room.  I kept asking my husband to find out what was going on.  There were a lot of doctors and nurses and no one was telling me anything.  Finally, someone came to get my husband and asked him if he wanted to go and see the baby.  He looked at me, and I nodded yes.

I was informed that the baby wasn't breathing at birth.  They had to get him into the NICU and get him breathing.  Thankfully, they were successful at that.  I got to see him momentarily as I was wheeled back to my room.  I smiled at him, and through tears, told him I loved him and that I was his mommy.  It would be several hours before I would see him again.  All I did see at that moment was his little face.  He was very well wrapped up.

I am blessed to have him.  He has been a wonderful son and a great big brother.  He became a big brother at 13 months and 13 days old.  He has never known life where he wasn't a big brother.  He doesn't remember not having a little sister.

He is amazing at math.  He has been nicknamed the "human calculator."  He has always amazed people with his mathematical ability.  From the time he was about 2 1/2, he has known numbers well enough to impress people.  His favorite color is green, because he was born on St. Patricks Day.

I asked him yesterday what he wanted for dinner tonight.  He told me he wanted tuna casserole.  That is the same thing I asked for when I was his age.  When I could have had anything I wanted, that is what I picked, and he did too.  I asked him what he wanted for dessert.  He said an Oreo pie.  I bought a Marie Callender's Chocolate Satin Pie and added Oreos to the top of it.  We all enjoyed that.  

I was absolutely blessed to have him enter my life ten years ago today.  I am so thankful that I have been able to raise him.  Although I didn't get to hear him cry at birth, I have been blessed to hear his laughter.  He has filled my life with laughter.  I love his smile and his wonderful sense of humor.  His heart has always been in the right place.  He cares about others and how they feel.  He is a wonderful son.  


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