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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Owen James

This post is dedicated to my sweet and precious Owen. He is the baby of the family and tomorrow he will be turning 2. I cannot believe how quickly the time has passed. It seems like yesterday that he was born. There have been so many days that I have wanted to move things along and move into the next phase of life, leaving the baby stage behind. But I found myself shedding tears in the van the other day when I was driving home from shopping for his birthday gifts. I think I was mourning the fact that our last baby is growing up, and there will be no more babies. Even though I have made peace with that, I still feel a little sad.

This little boy is so precious to me. What a gift from God. Before our son Elliot was born, my doctor told me that due to having three previous c-sections, I may not be able to handle having another pregnancy. We were just going to have to wait and see what my "insides" looked like when she opened me up to deliver Elliot. After the delivery, she said that things looked okay enough for us to try for another baby. She was hoping I would get "my girl." When Elliot turned 2, we found out that I was pregnant. We were really excited and decided not to find out the gender at the 20 week ultrasound. I had experienced terrible morning sickness with my other pregnancies, but this time around I was feeling great. Because of this I thought I was having a girl. Pretty soon the time came to deliver. As I laid there on the operating table, I was filled with anticipation. Would I have a daughter or another son? "It's a....boy..." my doctor's voice says with a hint of disappointment in her tone. Of course, another boy. I felt a little sad, but I was happy to have another healthy baby. After seeing him and holding him, all of those feelings of disappointment went away and I fell in love with Owen.

Our little Owen is the sweetest. He is our most affectionate kid. He loves to snuggle and give big hugs. He is a little lover and I love it! He is happy-go-lucky and over all a pretty content kid. He loves to make others laugh. He loves music and dancing. He tries to copy everything his older brothers do. He is very observant and picks up on things quickly. And to top it all off, he has the cutest little face. Our family is so blessed to have him in it.

 So happy 2nd birthday Owen! May you continue to grow big and strong, and bring blessing to all you come in contact with. I love you!

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