Saturday, March 11, 2006

and all of a sudden, there he was

Our little guy is 10 today. Born 3 years and 11 days after his big brother and a week after Papa's birthday. He wasn't in a rush like his brother, at least not at first, and a whole week after my due date still showed no signs of wanting to vacate the premises.

But thanks to my patented method of labour induction (which can be yours for only €19.99 and a stamped self-addressed envelope!) - something involving sauerkraut, several flights of stairs, half a loaf of banana bread and a hot bath, he changed his mind and started on his way in the wee hours of March 11.

Feeling guilty about keeping us waiting for so long, he decided to speed things up again, and labour and delivery took less than three hours from start to finish, during which time I had managed to shower, get dressed and bundle up Boy13, (then Boy3) to go to Oma and Opa's. Mr M floored it to the hospital and by the time we got there, I knew things were getting serious. You haven't lived until you've had amniotic fluid sloshing around in your shoes.

We should have known he was going to be such a big boy, because when New Year's Eve '95 rolled around - I was about 7 months pregnant at the time and feeling like a beached whale - I could have balanced my champagne glass (OK, it was actually a mug of warm milk, but I like to pretend) on my belly.

4090 g was the final verdict. Just over 9 pounds of bouncing baby boy. We were overjoyed to welcome him into our family.

A few months later he looked like this.




Ten years later he looks like this



He has thinned out and grown tall, but inside he's still our cuddly little boy and he'll always be my baby.

22 Comments:

At March 11, 2006 9:41 PM, Blogger Lisa said...

Sweet! Happy birthday Boy10! :D

Christina... three hours??? And you took care of a three year old during the labor? Waaaaah! As you read this I'm probably still shaking my head. That's amazing. If you tell me you cooked a delicious, healthy dinner beforehand I'm going to lose all will to continue. I still haven't forgiven you for that beautiful grillhaxe. ;)

 
At March 11, 2006 10:10 PM, Blogger christina said...

Lisa - yes, it was really fast. I didn't know at the beginning that it would only be three hours, but I refused to go to the hospital without having a shower first, something which seems REALLY stupid in hindsight, but who's going to argue with a pregnant woman at midnight? All I did with Boy13 was drag him out of bed and guide him to the car. His grandparents lived (and still live) right across the street from the hospital, so we dropped him there and sprinted for the delivery room.

 
At March 11, 2006 11:47 PM, Anonymous stringbean said...

Happy Birthday to Boy10!

 
At March 12, 2006 12:08 AM, Blogger Cathy said...

Happy Birthday to Christina's baby:) You have a lot to celebrate in February and March!

 
At March 12, 2006 12:24 AM, Blogger Elemmaciltur said...

Happy Bday, Boy10!!!!!

 
At March 12, 2006 8:14 AM, Blogger Karen said...

What a cutie!!!!! Happy Birthday!

 
At March 12, 2006 9:35 AM, Anonymous Belinda said...

Happy belated birthday :D

 
At March 12, 2006 9:45 AM, Blogger Haddock said...

Happy birthday to Boy10 :)

 
At March 12, 2006 11:29 AM, Blogger Andrea said...

ahh what sweety!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

 
At March 12, 2006 11:37 AM, Blogger Ms Mac said...

Isn't he handsome? And like his brother!

Happy birthday Boy10!

 
At March 12, 2006 12:58 PM, Blogger hippo_pepperpot said...

awww....that is wonderful. What a handsome kid! Happy Birthday!!

 
At March 12, 2006 1:02 PM, Blogger Sandra said...

Cute boy! Mine just turned 10 last week. Happy Birthday, Boy10!

 
At March 12, 2006 1:50 PM, Anonymous rana said...

and i am sure he will be your cuddly little boy for a long time to come. happy birthday!

 
At March 12, 2006 4:40 PM, Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

Happy Birthday Boy10!

 
At March 12, 2006 8:44 PM, Blogger Orange-X said...

Happy Birthday Boy10! Keep on growing tall and strong and don't worry, all mothers will keep on seeing their sons as their babies. Believe me, I'm 40 and still "moms baby".

 
At March 12, 2006 9:06 PM, Blogger Crystal said...

Lotsa Spring Birthdays in the blogosphere it seems, and *Congrats* to Boy10, that 1st decade is always the sweetest!

 
At March 12, 2006 10:28 PM, Blogger Ginnie said...

Ohhhh, what priceless pics of Boy10! I laughed through almost all of your post, Christina. You definitely have a way with words...and the stories of your Life :)

Happy Birthday, Boy10!

 
At March 12, 2006 11:08 PM, Blogger Dixie said...

What a handsome young man he is! Must be because he was a gorgeous baby!

Hope his birthday was fabulous!

 
At March 13, 2006 9:51 AM, Blogger swissmiss said...

Three hours? Oooh, jealousy!

My labor induction was eggplant.

 
At March 13, 2006 3:27 PM, Anonymous wendi said...

Happy Birthday!!

 
At March 13, 2006 8:38 PM, Blogger Expat Traveler said...

Happy Birthday! Look I slack or blink and look what I get, a day missed. Wow - your bundle was about as big as my brother, large! Pictures say a thousand words. I'm wondering what he will think when he looks back at these photos.

 
At March 14, 2006 10:03 PM, Blogger Philip said...

Happy Birthday! Great post, great pics, and he does *not* need a haircut, he looks great.

 

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