Wednesday, July 15, 2009

terrific 2's

2 years ago today our lives were forever changed: ryan was born!

with both pregnancies we did not find out the sex of the baby. so with ryan we naturally assumed we’d have a girl, since boys do NOT happen in our family! needless to say we were unexpectantly surprised and blessed with a beautiful baby boy!

a couple hours after ryan was born he decided to start being a strong willed second born child--apparently he didn’t like the whole breathing outside of the womb thing. so he was admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit. over the course of seven days he was on oxygen, weaned off oxygen, i was discharged, we were told he could go home, he was back on oxygen, had a CT scan, a neonatologist convinced me that there was nothing wrong with his brain, ry was treated for jaundice, weaned off of oxygen, failed his first ever test (a carseat test happens before an infant is released from the NICU to make sure all o2, heart rate, etc. stats stay stable for an hour while in a carseat), he was circumsized, and finally discharged and sent home to loads of family waiting to see him for the first time.

welcome to the world baby boy!

it seems like years since i was a freaked out, hormonal (ok, i still get a little hormonal), scared to death mom. but God was gracious, and your daddy was awesome. we got through a rough first week, a few discouraging months, and our share of ups and downs with you. but we wouldn’t trade our time with you for anything in the world!

you have grown so much and i enjoy seeing you discover new things every day! i pray that you will continue to be healthy and happy as you grow, and more than anything i pray that one day you will experience the awesomeness of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ!

happy second birthday ryan!

i love you!!

love, mom


Jess(ica) said...

Happy Birthday Ryan! =)

Sonya said...

man you are making me bawl!! you look so beautiful holding him in that first picture. Happy Birthday Ryan!!!!

Mary @ Giving Up On Perfect said...

Happy birthday, Ryan! Wow - look how dark his hair was!

Both your kiddos have summer birthdays, huh? I guess we know how you and Ben make it through the winter...

Kelly Harris said...

He is so stinkin cute! i love your birthday posts for your kiddos...always get me to cry!! Happy B-day, Ryan!

Ashley said...

Happy 2nd Birthday, Ryan!