Monday, June 21, 2010

Five Years Ago

First, this happened. I blame John entirely.

One afternoon, while folding socks, I got my first owie contraction. I cleaned the house, went to a piano recital, shipped Caleb off my mom's, and stayed up and watched Gaslight (a classic starring Joseph Cotten and Ingrid Bergman. You should watch it) until it was time to go to the hospital. At about 3am. So I woke up John. Ben came after two pushes, and the nurse delivered him before the doctor got there. John nearly missed it because he wanted coffee. Coffee is the devil. But all was well, and Ben came swiftly and loudly into the world at- I totally forget what time. I have it written down, somewhere.

Good times and noodle salad commenced.

Ben was the most beautiful baby in the nursery. I'm not even just saying that. It was common knowledge among the staff in the maternity ward. He had a perfect round bald head. It stayed that way for almost three years. It never flattened in the back like Ella's did, and it never got covered in cradle cap, like Caleb's did. It was smooth and soft and perfect.

This kid is even cute when he's angry.

He's off to kindergarten in the fall. I don't think this is going to go well. He still needs a nap or he looks like the above picture. Full-day kindergarten is a beast for some kids. I said to John- "Maybe I should homeschool him!" John said, "No." I said, "Whyyyyy?" And he said, "You know why." Because I'm unorganized and... well that's it, basically, I guess.

Oh but I wish we could stay together forever, my lovey. Happy birthday.


hokgardner said...

He's a whole hand! Happy birthday to Ben.

Anonymous said...

Tell your husband that organization is over-rated. It's for people who are too lazy to look for things. Environmentally rich chaos is preferrable to sterile neatness anyday (as an educational milieu). pbs

Janet said...

Happy Birthday to my sweet Ben! I love that kid so much! I hope he is having a wonderfully terrific day!!!!! Tell him he will be receiving birthday hugs and kisses from Ms. Janet in the morning!

Kindergarten will go fine after we go out for breakfast on the first day! It's going to be just fine! You'll see!

susanb4242 said...

Happy Birthday to my beautiful Ben! Love, love, love, Nini XOXOXO

Heidi said...

Ava's birthday is today too! She turned 4! Happy Birthday to Ben!

Holly said...

Happy birthday to Ava! I always like to say I had Ben on "the LOOONGEST day of the year." :)

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to my Ben. I love the paper guys you made and taped on my fridge. Can't wait will we see you on Sat. for your family
birthday party. I love you. Grandma
PS. We have Daniel's other flip-flop, it was under the table, we'll bring it on Sat.