Monday, October 8, 2007
Mmmmm...phillies donut (the official donut of the Red Sox)
Puppy dog birthday cake
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Happy 1st Birthday! I can still feel my emotions from one year ago today. I was completely overwhelmed with joy, pride (and relief). I was so relieved to be done pushing…I forgot to look for your face. You were whisked away from me and I just looked up at the ceiling, smiled and cried. I remember saying “Oh, my God” over and over. And “We have a baby.” Of course, I knew you were a boy…I had consulted the crystal and Oma had done some tests, plus one of the housekeepers at the hospital told me I would have a boy. So, I wasn’t surprised when Dr. Cabe said, “It’s a boy”. Once you were cleaned up and checked out, a nurse placed you on my chest and in my arms. I couldn’t believe I was holding you.
And in all of the commotion and emotion, after we had nursed for the first time, you were taken to the nursery to get a blood test (or something…sorry I don’t remember). And it wasn’t until then that I realized I hadn’t studied your face. I asked your Daddy if he knew what you looked like. Would he know if they brought us someone else and not our baby boy? I was panicked. How were you able to turn my life upside down in less than 3 hours!?!?!
Oh, how you have changed my life. I never knew what being a mother would be. I thought about it, I read about it, I talked to other mothers about it, and I prayed about it. But, I have to tell you this has been nothing like what I expected and greater than any experience I have had to date. You are a true blessing and I love watching over you and watching you grow. I am so proud of you.
I have been proud to be Grandmom and PopPop’s daughter. I have been proud to be Uncle Chris and Uncle Mike’s sister. I have been proud to be your father’s wife. None of these compare to the pride I feel as your mother. And I am bowled over when I see someone else’s face in yours. I have seen your father and myself sometimes in there. Usually, I see your cousins and my cousins in your face. It’s amazing. I feel so proud to have connected you to the Holland/McDevitt and Osler/Self family trees.
Andrew Patrick, you are my special, special boy, my pride and joy. Oh, how I love you…I’m so glad we got you. I am grateful to God that He sent you to us.
Happy 1st birthday, Andrew. I love you.