Portrait of a Nine Year Old Boy

24 Jan

Gage's face

Gage's face

Gage's face

Gage is 9 today.  He is my silly, over-the-top, wild boy.  He’s also thoughtful, kind, and loving.  He’s loud and argumentative.  He’s cuddly and loving.  I can’t believe he’s 9 years old but that’s the truth.

9 years ago this morning, I was in the hospital as we tried to induce labor.  I had spent the night with strong contractions, listening to several woman deliver their babies in nearby rooms.  My water broke but labor was still not serious.  The doctor came to talk to me and they said that with my water broken, with my history with Ruth (40 hours of labor and still needing a c-section) that they’d let me labor until late afternoon but then they would need to do a c-section if he wasn’t born.  Greg and I talked about it and decided that there was no way.  Given my history, we just didn’t think it could happen in that timeframe.  So, we opted for a c-section.  By 10:24, he was born.  By 11:00 or so, I was holding him in the recovery room, happy as a clam, with family there with me, nursing him.  A big difference from the 40 hour ordeal.  Life with Gage has always been good.  He annoys the heck out of me at times but he is a joy.  A 9 year old joy.

Happy Birthday, Buddy!

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6 Responses to “Portrait of a Nine Year Old Boy”

  1. KGMom 24 January, 2009 at 10:39 am #

    Happy Birthday, Gage.

    And, oh I know what you mean, mom–all boy all joy. Frustration and fun mixed in equal parts.
    Whoa–those are some up close shots–and he sat still for you? Or you were really tricky with the camera?

  2. jodyss 24 January, 2009 at 2:45 pm #

    Happy Birthday, Gagey!!

    Both Uncle Matt and I hope you have a really excellent day. Love you!

  3. BEG 24 January, 2009 at 6:33 pm #

    Aw! Happy birthday! Self portraits, I’m guessing!

  4. Mary 24 January, 2009 at 8:02 pm #

    Happy Birthday, Gage!

    Liza, his photos are precious :o) I didn’t have a boy, but I’ve always thought they are very cool.

    Mary

  5. robin andrea 25 January, 2009 at 7:23 am #

    Happy birthday to Gage! Next year, double digits.

  6. Wende 25 January, 2009 at 4:08 pm #

    Happy Birthday to Gage! Nine is so fun!!

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