Sunday, December 7, 2008

5:33 p.m.

At 5:33 p.m. two years ago I thought:

I had loved

I had felt joy

I had cried

I had seen miracles

I had known the random kindness of strangers

I had felt love

I loved my husband

I knew so much

My heart was full

And then, at 5:34 p.m., this boy came into our lives:


And then, I understood

that there's no love like the love for your child

what unadulterated, boundless joy felt like

that I had never cried quite like that

that I'd never seen a miracle close to him

that people are mostly wonderful, kind people

that I had never felt that much love

that I had loved my husband,
but nothing like I loved him as the father of our child

that I knew nothing and everything all at once

that my heart would just burst from the joy...
but it kept growing, and growing and growing...

My baby boy has brought so much indescribable joy to our lives.
I had no idea.

I had so much fun being pregnant (till the last four weeks or so!), I had so much fun staying in the hospital for three days before he was born and two days after (high blood pressure, he came three weeks early), I had fun laboring (for 24 hours!), and had SO much fun in the delivery. Yes, I'm one of those freaks. We had fun. It was a hard two hours of pushing, but I would do his whole childbirth experience again in a heartbeat. It was easily the best two hours of my life.

And then he came. And the fun had just started.

Thank you, thank you God for picking me to be his Momma. Thank you for allowing me to raise, love and watch this boy grow.

Thank you to my Bub, for being the sweetest human being I've ever met.

Happy Birthday my Baby. Always my Baby.


  1. Children do that to you. What a sweet tribute. Happy Birthday.

  2. What a heartwarming birthday wish. And an adorable picture! Enjoy his special day.

  3. How beautiful!
    Happy Birthday to your baby!

  4. What a sweet post about your boy. Happy 2nd birthday to your little guy!

  5. Awww Happy Birthday little one!!!

    He was a Chunky Monkey wasn't he!!

  6. There really isn't anything quite like being a mother! This was absolutely beautiful! I know just how you feel. I love to see such a positive, loving outlook on motherhood.

  7. Oh, that face! It's fabulous!

    Happy birthday, little one!

  8. Amen! From the moment our first was born my coin phrase has been "we thought we knew what love was until we became parents". Such an amazing gift from God. When I was pregnant with our second I was so afreaid that my heart couldn't possibly hold anymore love...oh how it grows! Your little boy is precious!

  9. I hope to experience this love one day. Happy Birthday to the big boy!

  10. Oh my! I did not expect to read your blog today and CRY! What a beautiful post about your son! Oh he is soooooo sweet! Children are so special and I remember the first time I saw my husband as "Daddy"...priceless.

  11. Happy birthday Bub! And Happy Mama Birthday to you! It's amazing how the world suddenly switches to revolve around them when they appear, isn't it?

  12. Isn't this the truth. . .we think we know love. . .until our first child is born. Nothing like that in the whole world.

    Happy Birthday to your son!



  13. There are no word to explain the love a mother feels for her child, until you become a mother!
    I think you have said it perfectly!

    Oh and I love your tree too.....


  14. Awwwwwwwwwww what a cutie patooottttttie. Happy birthday little dude. He is a fellow Sagitarious. Mine is the 19th...I will be 20. Yep. 20. That is my story and I am sticking to it. Hey I heard your tree did mine....cherry

  15. Happy Birthday Bub! I can't believe he's two already. It seems like just yesterday he was born. Thank you for posting those gorg sentiments on being a mom. It is SO true. People can tell you, but you never realize how much you can love until you have a child. I heard Kenny Loggins say once that children aren't just part of your heart - they are part of your SOUL. I thought that described it so well.

    Love ya, girl! Give Bubby a hug for me and Sadie! :)

  16. What a great post! Have you ever heard Jewel sing "Face of Love"? You would love it.

  17. Happy Birthday to your sweet little guy!!

  18. What a lovely post! Happy Birthday to your little guy!

  19. Oh how sweet! Children change your life forever!

  20. My little boy is 26 years old and it seems like yesterday...I am so proud of the man he has grown into, but he is still my baby! He did change my life forever in a wonderful way!

  21. So sweet! HAppy birthday to the little boy!

    Just wanted to let you know that I got my "H" in the mail yesterday. Now I just have to decide what to do with it...I only have about a million ideas! Thank you very much :)

  22. I love your birthday tribute. What until they are 22, a little harder to love them they way you did when they were 2 but still a deep love that never goes away. Love your blog. You are always an inspiration

  23. What a sweet tribute to your "baby". My baby girl turns 2 on Saturday so I'm right there with ya! It is true that the love you feel after having children is so different, so pure, so is a rare glimpse into the perfect love our Creator has for us.
    Thank you!

  24. Isn't amazing isn't it? I think that motherhood is one of the only areas where we can understand truly what unconditional love can be...what a precious tribute.

  25. What a beautiful post! It makes me excited to be a mother one day when I hear moms like you talk about this unconditional love!

  26. What a beautiful post!! and BEAUTIFUL baby!! Happy 2nd to the little guy!!


  27. That is such a beautiful post. Your baby is so beautiful! There is nothing like being a mom is there! Happy birthday to your little boy!

  28. Awwww! How sweet! Happy birthday to your Bub.
    Totally unrelated: I saw an apothecary jar at the store, and NO JOKE, there was a bag of candy cane kisses sitting next to it. These are the days I wish I had a camera phone for I surely would have taken a picture to prove it!

  29. Fab post!! Love the pic, what an angel!

  30. What a beautiful child-- happy birthday to him!

  31. This is the sweetest post I have read... hope he had a Happy Birthday!

  32. Hi Sarah :)

    Happy Birthday Bub!! That was a beautiful tribute to him :)

    I'm so sorry about your tree, but thrilled that you could fix it so fast.

    Oh and I don't know why you weren't in my favorites, but you are now. The holidays are wonderful, but they leave me VERY absentminded LOL


  33. what an adorable picture and absolutely sweet post. :)

  34. That is such a sweet post and a PRECIOUS picture. This would be sweet to print and put with his baby book or memorabilia.

    I too delivered 3 weeks early. I had 27 hours of labor. Isn't it funny how you forget all of that because they are the most adorable things in the world! My son is 8 months old.

    Best wishes!

  35. What an adorable baby he was- so snuggly! I am behind on my posts- trying to catch up- just love your blog

  36. Hi! What a cutie your Bub is! I have recently started reading your blog and love it! We have a lot in common. My baby turned 1 on December 9th and I completely echo your sentiments on being a mother. Also, I had to deal with high blood pressure at the end of my pregnancy and my little one arrived 10 days early. I am happy to have found your blog and look forward to reading more!!! :)

  37. i just read this.. it's funny, i almost started to cry and i don't even know you. but i just had a baby and i feel the same way. your babe was born on my husband's birthday.. what a joy.


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