Sunday, November 12, 2006

And Then He Was Three

Babies are born in the circle of the sun / Circle of the sun on the birthing day...

Both my babies have been born in storm, storms that raged unheard through thick hospital walls and left the world transformed. The day I came home from the hospital with the Pie, the world was fresh and green, months of humidity washed away in a refreshing summer storm. A far, far different day that was from the cold November morning that brought me home with a newborn baby Bub. The leaves had fallen from the trees, all at once, and our garbage pails were nowhere to be found, carried down the street and into oblivion by the gale-force winds that had raged outside while I laboured.

My memories are hazy of those first few weeks - I can recall struggling guiltily to pour formula down the baby's throat before my milk came in, struggling to overcome the overpowering sense of terror and inadequacy that flooded me every time he cried. And then, a few weeks later, there was this:



And, three years later, this:


Happy birthday, sweet little boy.

39 comments:

Em said...

Happy birthday beautiful boy! What a handsome fella :)

I've been thinking a lot about the passage of time myself as G turns 4 in three days - its a time for sweet reflection.

Kristen said...

Happy Birthday to the Bub. He is beautiful.

When I was in the hospital with Bryce, there was a raging fire across from my window (part of the hospital was under construction). We've often talked about how symbolic that was.

metro mama said...

Happy Birthday Bub!

Christina said...

Happy birthday Bub! That smile as a baby is precious.

Mouse said...

We has a late-March snowstorm the day I left the hospital with my son--in an area of the US that simply does not get much snow!

Happy Birthday, Bub!

Aliki2006 said...

Happy birthday to Bub!! He makes a charmer of a three-year old.

julia said...

Awww. Happy birthday, Bub!

something blue said...

Sending virtual balloons for the handsome birthday boy! Hope today is tons of fun.

Kyla said...

Happy birthday, Bub!

cinnamon gurl said...

Happy Birthday Bub! Wow, he started off just as adorable as he is now (which is very very)!

I remember being very angry that people called it the Baby Blues, which suggests something pretty mild, when for me it was horrible fear and anxiety. I think it's terribly misnamed.

Mad Hatter said...

Happy birthday, Bub!

Crunchy Carpets said...

I was born during a raging storm...my mom was alone in a room with french doors that kept being blasted open by the wind....very dramatic.

Happy birthday little guy.

Beck said...

Happy birthday, handsome boy!
I have no memories of the first six weeks at home of any of my kids' lives. Good thing we have pictures as proof that they didn't just show up on the porch in a basket at two months old...

Oh, The Joys said...

What an extraordinarily beautiful little chap!

Rooster Girl was born on the day of Hurricane Katrina. I live in the South and rain was SHEETING down the hospital windows and making the sky completely black at 3:30 in the afternoon that August day.

laura said...

Happy birthday!

ali said...

ohmigosh! he's too cute.
and he looks exactly.the.same.!!

happy birthday!

jen said...

happy birthday family. what a lovely tribute to a handsome little man.

Julie Pippert said...

Happy birthday to that handsome little guy! And happy birth day memory to you!

Julie Pippert said...

P.S. Storms, esp. hurricanes are known to drive labor. All that pressure change! I bet the hospital was busy! That and full moons, although I appear immune to both storms and full moons while ready to give birth. ;)

Mother Bumper said...

Happy Birthday handsome! What beautiful pictures and I hope you have a wonderful birthday.

I had the same formula guilt struggles with Bumper and it seemed like forever before I could feed her myself but once it happened there was no stopping her.

Speaking of storms, the huge earthquake in Kashmir happened right after Bumper was born - I hope that doesn't symbolize anything or we are in big trouble.

Mayberry said...

Happy birthday adorable Bub!

ewe are here said...

Gorgeous Boy!
Hope he had a happy, happy birthday!

Jill said...

I love reading about births. The Bub's got the eyes of an old soul.

Mel said...

Happy birthday, Bub... and happy birthing day, mama!

Jenny said...

What a beautiful post.

Happy Birthday, Bub!

crazymumma said...

I gasped when I saw his picture. His eyes...
Happy Birthday sweet one....

penelopeto said...

happy birthday, bub, and happy BIRTH day to you :)

p.s. scorpios rock.

Red Rollerskate said...

Aw! He is oh so cute! And how cool that you can see the resemblance from newborn to big kid. Can you believe how time flies? Congrats.

PeanutButtersMum said...

Happy birthday to your little Bub! The passage of time is something that we have no control over and yet spend so much "time" thinking about ways that we would change it! I've often said in recent days that I'd love to just "freeze" Peanut Butter at the age he is right now. Those early days are highly overrated in my books. I prefer the 2nd and 3rd years, so far!

Lady M said...

Happy birthday to Bub. What a cutie!

nomotherearth said...

Gosh, he's heartbreaker! Happy birthday!

kittenpie said...

So cute! happy Birthday, Bub.

ASevereMary said...

Throw my Happy Birthday in there with the rest! And a good job to Mom and Dad; it is obvious you two are great parents.

Her Bad Mother said...

That was a beautiful testament to the beauty of your boy (and all the beauty he brings to your life).

Happy Birthday, Bub. And happy anniversary of BIRTH, sweet mother.

(My own already under way... one year ago this moment I was in the throes of an active labour that would continue until the next afternoon.)

Mrs. Chicky said...

I'm late to the party but...

Happy Birthday Handsome Boy!

lildb said...

Happy day, sweet Bub! :)

xo

DaniGirl said...

Oh, I'm late, but happy happy happy birthday, Bub! I couldn't resist grinning right back at that lovely, toothless grin!

Jaelithe said...

I don't know if I can stand that much gorgeousness in one photo. What an amazingly handsome young man.

sunshine scribe said...

Happy belated birthday bub!!!!!!!!