August 15, 2006

21 Years

Twenty-one years ago today, August 15, 1985, I gave birth to a bouncing baby boy at 1:07 a.m. Seven pounds six and a half ounces, 21" long. My labor was short, a mere seven hours from the first faint "was that a contraction?" until he took his first breath of air and scored consecutive perfect 10s on his Apgar tests. It seems like yesterday.

He and I had a little tiff recently when I asked him a question he'd already answered. Three times prior. My memory can suck, yet his birth statistics I have no trouble remembering. The same holds true for many other memories of our lives in the decades between his birth and now. Things that clutter my head, warm my heart and, at times, bring unexpected tears to my eyes.

Today he stands before us at 170 pounds, 6'-0" tall. Handsome, fit, self-assured and kind, his ready smile framed by incredible dimples mirrors the mirth dancing in his green eyes. The dimension he brought, rather, brings to our lives is more amazing than anything I ever imagined.

Happy birthday to my baby.
And yes, he'll always be my baby.

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21 comments:

Bent Fabric said...

Happy 21st Birthday to him!! Wow, 21 seems like such a long time ago.

The Scarlet Tree said...

Oh wow, Happy bithday to your son!
Mine is only 2.5years old! It is so hard to imagine that one day he will be a big, grown up boy!

~m~ said...

Happy Birthday to the boy! Ya done good mama!

Elizabeth said...

So...did HE buy you a beer?

Happy Birthday to The Man.

Sapphique said...

Suzanne...and Happy Birth Day to you too. The memories associated with my own daughter's birth, 29 years ago, have receded. I have a feeling they'll come back full force when she turns 30 next April. And no, I'm not old. I just was a young mum! ;-)

I really liked the comparison you drew between your ability to remember the details of The Boy's birth, alongside your forgetfulness over what, I imagine, was a less important factoid. You clearly have your priorities straight (even though it may cause minor annoyance to your son periodically!)

the only daughter said...

Happy, Happy to The Boy and to you as well.

The ready smile framed by incredible dimples...could be my own 24 y.o. minus the green eyes :) and oh yeah, the dimension he brings...that too!

I hope you all enjoy this momentous day!

That Girl said...

Happy 21st to the Boy!!

Good job mom!

weese said...

Happy Birthday to the Boy.
wait...will you start calling him the Man now?

KMae said...

Congratulations to you both!
Wonderfully written, Suzanne.

Jennifer said...

Lovely, lovely. And yes, he will always be your baby boy. Some day he may even quit fighting the designation, if he isn't already resigned to it by now. ;-)

Happy birthing day, mama. And many, many more. You've done a fine thing there, with that one.

deb said...

Gosh, get here late and everyone has already said what I want to say!

Happy BDay to The Boy!
"Ya done good mama!"
"Happy Birth Day to you too."

Momma and Boy doing well...

SassyFemme said...

Happy Birthday to The Boy!

Gunfighter said...

Mazel Tov, kid!

Wow... 21.

I remember 21... less vividly than I used to, mind you.

Good times... good times.

scout said...

"Baby boy" he may still be, but you'd experience a rude awakening if you tried to shove 6 feet and 170 pounds through your birth canal. Go ahead, try it.

Happy belated birthday!

Katie (WannaBeMom) said...

Happy Birthday, Boy! You too, Mama!

Career Guy said...

Happy Day to you both. We have a photo of our daughter being carded on her 21st birthday. Hey, that's what it's all about, right?

Eyes said...

Happy Birthday to you and the boy!

Elizabeth said...

Have you told him yet that it's all downhill from here on out?

Little Blue Petal said...

Happy Birthday both of you! Amazing how quickly those years pass isn't it! Have enjoyed reading your blog! LBPx

Liz said...

Happy (belated) birthday to your son!

21 is such a huge milestone. He's in for an awesome decade!

Amaya said...

What a sweet tribute to your 'baby boy'.