Five years ago today at 9:44 a.m., a sweet boy entered into our lives.
On October 2, 2007, Ian Cates was born. He weighed in at 9 pounds 15 ounces — a big baby, that’s for sure.
Here are Kirk and I pictured a few days before he was born. I was rather large!
After his birth that morning, we saw him for a few minutes before he was whisked away to the local children’s hospital. He’d had some trouble breathing and held his breath when he got mad. So, they thought he needed to go. Needless to say, I was a bundle of nerves.
As a new mom all I wanted to do was hold my baby and teach him to nurse. That was not to be the first day. Instead we saw him get into an incubator and leave us. My heart was broken since that was the first time in 9 months that he wasn’t with me.
Since he was so large, he almost didn’t fit in the incubator since they are normally for preemies. That was something we were able to joke about later, but not that day that he was born.
Since I wasn’t discharged from the hospital until the next morning, I asked Kirk to go and check on Ian. He went with my father and his mother. While they were in the NICU, Ian grabbed his daddy’s finger. He knew it was daddy. Isn’t that amazing?!
The next morning I was able to go and see him. This picture is of me feeding him formula at the hospital. We worked on nursing but that was to come later. They kept telling us that he wasn’t eating enough — actually drinking enough.
The first week was a blur and the hardest thing was not being able to have our new son at home with us! Each day we went to the hospital, scrubbed in, and held him for as long as they would let us.
On Saturday, October 6, he was released and we finally brought him home. We were beyond excited and little bit scared. Now, he was ours totally and 24/7 and our responsibility.
The first few months were amazing and daunting, and the most important times of my life! I was sleep deprived but I had the pleasure of watching a new life grow and change. What a blessing to see.
When he was a week old, we took Ian for his first visit at the pediatrician. This wonderful doctor discovered that his tongue was attached and therefore, he couldn’t physically suck enough to get an adequate amount of milk. He then snipped it with scissors and Ian was off and running with his suck reflex.
I was a bit surprised this wasn’t discovered in the NICU, but mainly glad that someone had discovered the problem.
My life has certainly changed since he arrived in our family. I went from being a full-time professional to a stay-at-home mother that I am still doing today. I wouldn’t trade any of the last five years for anything!
I have missed my friendships that I made while working outside of the home and some of the creativity. But now, I am trying to have more contact with people and have this blog for the writing aspect.
Today is all about Ian and spending time with him. He opened his gifts from Mommy and Daddy this morning and loved all of them. It was great to see his dimples as he opened the items that he had asked for. He truly did appreciate them.
Then we ate our breakfast together and watched some cartoons. He has also had a bath, and soon we’ll be having lunch and then other fun times this afternoon. We will be making cookies and dinner with my parents.
I saw a quote recently stating that spending time with a child is more important than the money that you spend on them. That is so true so that is why today is all about the birthday boy. Just being with him is fun!
Here is a picture from June of this year. He has grown into a very handsome boy with a lot of fun and joy of life.
Time to get back to birthday fun! Happy Birthday to my dear and wonderful son! Mommy loves you very much Ian!