Happy Birthday to our Matthew

Here goes…I have done these stories on at least one of other our kids. It is fun remembering their story on how they got here. I do pictures and memories. The year you were born Matthew it was a very hot Sunday and it was “Father’s Day.” What a great present for your father, a son <3 . You weren’t due until July 12th so it was a surprise, but seeing how you were our 4th baby, I wasn’t all that disappointed you came a bit early. We had just moved on Memorial Day so I had nothing, and I mean nothing ready. I didn’t even have a crib set up. This was your 1st house Matthew…

Alexandria, Naperville

I didn’t even have someone ready to come and watch Lizzie and Michael, your older brother and sister. I had to call a local friend til one of the grandmama’s got there, then off we went to the hospital.

I have to say that you were the first baby I had that was a very peaceful experience. The 1st three, Michael (he was the worst 9lbs.12oz) no epidural OMG, then Lizzie wasn’t so bad 7lbs. still no epidural and well Sean Patrick, that was just hard and sad…I digress, sorry. I wasn’t so sure about an epidural, but after the first real contraction came, I said get that anesthesiologist down here. Not doing that again, no way. Your birth was easy and I finally got to see the birth of one of my kids…Y A Y <3 . The other ones I was too busy just trying to survive the experience 😉 . If I learned one thing from having babies it was take the drugs, E V E R Y T H I N G that they will give you…

When you first entered the world you didn’t even cry. You just looked around and as if to say, “Hello, I’m here <3 .” You were a little thing, 6lbs 12oz. One of my smallest, but you were so pretty…A full head of beautiful blonde hair, w/curls…Lots of curls and of course blue eyes. But you kept your blue eyes, all of your curls too 😉 Those would be from your dad. You definitely got the beautiful hair card for sure !!! I nursed all of our babies. Michael Jr. nursed for about 5 months, Lizzie nursed for about a year. But Matthew when you started asking to nurse, I said it was time to start drinking from a cup. I don’t think you ever even had a bottle !!!

You were a beautiful baby and you have grown into an amazing man…I never ever thought your life would take the direction it did. I remember our first Christmas together me and dad went to the Joffrey’s Nutcracker. I never dreamed that one day we would have a son who danced the, “Nutcracker” with Joffrey Ballet . I’m excited to see this next chapter of your life. Whatever direction it goes, I’m pretty sure it will be amazing and awesome and a lot of fun to be a part of !!! You are definitely an original and I am so proud to be your mom.

Happy Birthday my dear Matthew <3 … I remember when you turned 30, you were so funny. I called you to wish you a Happy Birthday and I asked what you were doing to celebrate the milestone of turning 30…You replied, “I’m just sitting around being 30, mom 😉 . ” I hope today that you do something fun and special. Remember your birthday is a very special day. It is the day that you changed the world forever.

I posting some of the pictures I could round up from your story of your life…Enjoy <3 .