Oh, Son, where has the time gone? You seemed so little just yesterday and today, you’re finishing driver’s education so you can cruise in that groovy Oldsmobile!
Here are some reflections on your first year….some of the people who influenced our life…it’s all about YOU, as you came into our life and brought great joy!
You were our second and some things I’m sure I neglected…this is not evidence that I loved you any less than Jake. My hands were just fuller and my knowledge was greater–babies grow up!
At 7:30 am I began having minor contractions that were 30-40 seconds long. We called Grandma Ann and she said we needed to be on our way. I told her we’d “be there in a while.”I packed snacks for Jake (Kudos bars, “Cockaloos” (cornflakes), Waldo Spaghetti-o’s and grapes). I got his church clothes together while Dad made some bacon.
Daddy woke Jake up and told him his baby was coming and Jake said, “My baby’s coming right now?”
At 8:15am, we called Grandma Ann and told her to meet us in front of the Pineapple at Baptist Hospital.
At 8:21 we left for the hospital.
At 8:32am, my contractions were one minute apart.
At 8:45am, we arrive at Baptist Hospital. Daddy drove 95 mph. I was telling Daddy to slow down. When we got off the exit for the hospital Jake said, “I think you’re driving a race car!”
Grandma Ann arrived at Baptist Hospital three minutes AFTER us.
At 8:52am you arrived. It was SUNDAY, May 2, 1993.
You had the cord wrapped around your neck THREE times. You were blue and your heart beat dropped to 46bpm. Your little hand was tucked under the cords pulling it away from your neck.
Your head circumference was 13.5″
Your chest 12.25″
You were 21″ long and weighed 7 lbs. 11 oz.
You arrived 12 days early.
It was a joyous time, that by 2:00pm turned to darkness. Mommy had been waiting in her room to see you, but the nurse said you “weren’t behaving”. I thought this meant you were crying. What it meant, instead, was that you weren’t showing reflexes and were “acting limp” .
By 2:30pm, you were in High Risk. You were under 31% oxygen and had monitors all over your body.
There’s a recap of your first year.
Our family has grown and you have many siblings who look up to you…
May today and this year contain all the love and joy you have brought me over the course of the last 16 years!
You are an amazing artist, writer, dreamer, BIG brother, Little Brother, grandson, and Son.
I LOVE YOU….HAPPY 16th BIRTHDAY, Son!