FAMILY, THE KIDS

Happy Birthday, Robert!

On this day 6 years ago [at 9:13 PM], my sweet boy came into this world. From the moment I saw his existence shine from two little lines in my hand, he changed my world. I’ve always wanted to be a mother. Always dreamed I would have children of my own, to have and hold and love. He made that dream a reality. I remember tears welling up in my eyes as I shouted for joy that there was life within me. That I was going to be a mother.

He was born on a dark, stormy Tuesday night. I had been laboring for over 36 hours, and I was so ready to have him in my arms. No one knew I was in the hospital, and Ryan and I were simply focused on bringing our boy into the world. At 8:45 PM, I got the green light to start pushing. I pushed for 28 minutes before his angry cry filled the room. He had a full head of dark hair, and boy was he MAD about being pushed out of his warm home.

He weighed 8 lbs 12 oz, and was 21″ long. He had his father’s long fingers and toes, but his face was identical to mine as a newborn. He was like a smushy little potato, and I was absolutely in love.

The past 6 years since he was born have been filled with laughter, learning, exploring, and love. There have also been tears and trials, but the joy far outweighs the sorrow. I’ve taught him, and he has taught me. The love I have for this kid can’t be measured.

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At age six, he is inquisitive. He wants to know how the world works, and he wants to believe in magic. He is quite the character once you get to know him, but if you are meeting him for the first time, you would think he is quite shy. He loves Star Wars, Harry Potter, and Transformers. He has a deep appreciation for wildlife photography and for classical music. He has such a beautiful, sensitive soul, and his empathy towards others is truly a gift. His favorite color is red, and he loves Cuban food and pizza. His favorite words are “fart”, “poop”, and “boogers”, and he knows he drives me bonkers when he uses them. He’s not very cuddly, but he glows when he gets verbally praised.

He is amazing.

Happy Sixth Birthday, Robert Ryan. May this year bring you joy beyond measure, as you have brought me. I love you.

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