Location: Palm Beach County, Florida, United States

Recently have been told I look like Mary Ann from Gilligan's Island. I hadn't heard that in years, but that is a good place to start as to what I look like, although she had a better bod. I have three boys and have been married for 13 years. Born of a Navy family, in Hawaii, one Mom, one Dad, one sister and one brother. The eldest of three children. BS in Applied Mathematics. Consider Pensacola my home town although I moved every 2-3 years of my life growing up. Currently work in the aerospace industry in an engineering position while being a Mom. Of Celtic heritage and very proud of it.

Thursday, March 03, 2005

10 Years of Happy Birthdays

Today is my eldest’s birthday… he is 10. My nickname for him, when I do bother to call him by one, is Brown Bear. Of my three, he is the darkest, the one that looks the most like my husband’s Italian heritage. Deep brown eyes, dark hair, and skin that browns a beautiful bronze in the sun, kind heart, infectious belly laugh, and a voracious appetite for books… that is my oldest boy. He doesn't like the girls now, but in time, he will be fighting them off... he will be 5'6", broad shouldered, lean muscled and will have a deep throaty laugh.

It is hard to believe he is 10 today. 10 years ago at 9PM I became a parent. I won’t go into the whole birth thing as it wasn’t easy and rather miserable to be honest; you know you’re body has been through hell when the first thing the doctor says when the baby’s head pops out is, “Whoa. Big Head.”

And… from there… most of his nicknames his first year dealt with the fact he had a big head. “HEED!” from So I Married an Axe Murderer was frequent. My brother took to calling him Pangea at one point… as you could see this ridge on top of his big round head and it's just what if looked like. He still has the ridge. He had so many nicknames, that by his first birthday, he wasn’t sure what his real name was in fact. Two stuck: Little G (as he is named for his father and their name starts with ‘G’) and Brown Bear, as he is brown skinned and has this sweet fuzz on his back.

So… since he is 10… I will list 10 things I love about my boy. Not the top 10, just 10.

· I love how he belly laughs to the point he nearly cries.
· I love how he already sees the absurdity of things and is able to laugh at it.
· I love how he loves to read.
· I love how he smells all mosty toasty when he wakes up in the morning.
· I love how he has a little swirly patch of fuzz on his cheek and wonder how his beard will grow there one day.
· I love how he still can’t stand girls, but shyly admitted to me that there is one he talks to… because he can.
· I love how he knows about ‘things’ but still believes in Santa.
· I love when I ask him to stick with his 8 year old brother for a minute while I run into a restroom with the youngest, he puts his arm protectively around his brother’s shoulders.
· I love how he doesn’t hesitate to hold his brothers’ hand when he’s in a store… he will take their hand to guide and protect them.
· I love that he’ll still curl up next to me on the couch and snuggle for kisses.

My heart aches with the love I have for my boy. Happy Birthday to my Brown Bear.

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Blogger Sissy said...

He is a gorgeous little boy...or little man.

Happy Birthday to him!! And a congrats to you on 10 years of motherhood :-)

10:01 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Happiest of birthday wishes!

5:38 AM  
Blogger Jim said...

Hey! I successfully commented! Woo hoo!

And my cow sucking picture came up!


Must be birthday magic. :-)

5:39 AM  
Blogger VW said...

I loved how quickly he learned 'bird'. I wish him the happiest of days. I also love how he now looks at me like I'm something the cat dragged into the house. Just wait until the next time we have breakfast... ;-)

7:06 AM  
Anonymous Harvey said...

[leaves package of firecrakers for Little G]

Birthday! Time to celebrate by exploding things! :-)

7:53 AM  
Blogger Chaitu said...

sweet is the feeling of a mother's love.

8:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

.. congratulations to you both.. happy Birthday, lil guy!..

8:13 AM  
Blogger Jody said...

Happy Birthday! What sweet words. Such a proud mom.

9:08 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

You are a wonderful, loving, and devoted Mom.

Happy Birthday to your son!

10:10 AM  
Blogger Quality Weenie said...

Happy Birthday to the little man!

Bet he doesn't know how lucky he is to have a mom like you!

12:39 PM  
Blogger Tammi said...

Happy Birthday Little G. Wow - double digits.

You stole my heart that very first dinner, with those beautiful, all seeing eyes and that sweet sweet smile.

Have a wonderful birthday and may all your wishes come true.

4:27 PM  
Blogger momotrips said...

Oh heavens he's cute! Aren't boys the greatest. I'm so glad I didn't have girls - they get all prissy and bossy. Little boys love their mommies. I dread the day when the hugs and kisses become too "childish" for them...Happy birthday Boudicca's Brown Bear!

12:23 PM  
Blogger Dash said...

Happy Birthday to the little man. If you had waited one more day, you would have had him on my birthday. I'm a few years older than he is, though. Ah... to be 10 again.

5:13 PM  

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