16 years ago today I was had been in the hospital since two days before, trying desperately have my first Son. Later in the evening, after 52 hours of labor, two hours of pushing and an awful experience with a c-section, Alex was born.
They handed him directly to us, Andrew and I. His little head of hair was glowing golden and I started to cry, then everything went blank.
I remember waking up to my Niece, Charmaine’s, voice. “Kathleen wake up. Kathleen.”
I remember hearing voices in the hall, which I think were my Sister and my Husband.
I remember him trying to latch-on for the first time. It took a few tries, but he was a big eater. Just wanted to lay there all the time. Eat and sleep. When he wasn’t in my arms he was with Andrew.
The new love in our lives.
I can’t believe that was 16 years ago. It is so sweet the love that I had for him and how much more it is today.
He is an amazing child. Strong, gorgeous, serious, happy, athletic, grumpy, analytical, witty, independent and so much more.
I want to write about all the things I remember, but that would take a world of time. Instead, I am going to just keep it short and say that I love him with all of my heart.
I know him better than he knows himself. I know his quirks, sighs, deer-in-the-headlight-look, smile, walk, body movement and all.
When I think about how much he has grown and what a wonderful young man he has become, it brings tears to my eyes.
This may not be a very flowing and great post, but I am emotional today. It’s all so bittersweet and goes by too quickly. I truly always wish that time would just slow down.
I miss all the little smiles, naked carefree littles, that my children were. They aren’t like that any more. I was hoping that would never change, but it does. I will attempt to say, that it did, even through I tried to keep their silliness in tact. I try to remind them all the time of who they were then, how they were then, how they smiled, loved and were carefree. I want them to remember that that doesn’t have to go away. I do my best, but they will become who they will. I just know that they will be amazing. As they always were.
I love you, Alex! Happy 16th Birthday. 🙂