November 2 11

I was 24-years-old when the boy was born. (I’ll pause while you do the math.) I had just gotten off the elliptical, was relaxing while on the phone with a friend and watching Regis and Kelly, and then it happened. Again. The exact same way it happened with his older sister just 20-months before. Exercise. Phone. Regis. Only this time I was not prepared for it. I wasn’t due until the end of November, but here I was, November 1st, with my water broken. The nurses scoffed and assumed I had peed on myself (I hadn’t) and that I was just trying to rush the baby out because I was sick of being pregnant (I wasn’t). They sent me home three times. Finally, FINALLY, they checked me and said, “oh, well, this expectant mother was actually telling the truth. Let’s admit her.” Of course I was telling the truth. I did not want to have the baby, I had a 20-month-old baby at home that needed constant attention. I didn’t have time to have another one that day, thank you very much.

Ahem. Sometimes women can tell the difference between PEE and AMNIOTIC FLUID. And sometimes nurses are assholes.

After a long (12 hours!) and completely uneventful labor—save for the Jason Biggs lookalike (and actalike) who came in to check how dilated I was and proceeded to tell me that it was his first time, um, with his hands inside of a lady—I had a baby boy in my arms. We had two surprises that day. A November 2nd baby and a boy. I just assumed I was carrying another girl, as my pregnancies were identical. He was supposed to be an Abby, but came out a Joshua.

My initial shock of What was I going to do with A BOY??!? wore off immediately as I pulled him to my chest, snuggled him and thought I have a boy! I am the mama of A BOY!

I am so thankful for this bundle of boy.

He plays baseball and hockey and pokemon.

He loves his DS and iPod and Wii and XBOX.

He likes monsters and ninjas and cowboys and aliens.

He loves The Goonies and The Karate Kid and Star Wars and Indiana Jones.

He gets dirty and silly and crazy and loud and angry and sweet and lovable.

He is a carnivore.

He is a math whiz and he loves to read, sometimes until 2 in the morning.

He is a master manipulator and a computer hacker.

He is all legs and arms and corners and yet still manages to be a great snuggler.

Burps and farts are always funny.

I am the mama of a boy.

A boy who is nine today.

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  1. Oh my that last picture stops your heart doesn’t it. So grown up looking yet only nine. Happy Birthday!
    And 24!! Are you glad you had your kids early as compared to those who have them later in life, ahem me ;-)…

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    Comment by Charmedone17 on November 2, 2011
  2. Happy birthday!! Today I’m the mom of a boy. A Boy who is seven. They share a birthday :)

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    ali replied on

    I know! G told me on the subway this morning! I had no idea! Happy birthday, mama!

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    Comment by Jana A on November 2, 2011
  3. Congratulations to you, lady! Happy 9th anniversary of being a mama to Josh. The second pic of Josh (with Emily) is hilarious because that expression he’s got is the expression that I see on his face on 90% of the pics you post of him. Funny how personalities are so defined so early. Happy birthday to Josh!

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    ali replied on

    Yup! It’s the “Good god, woman! Get that camera out of my face!” look :)

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    Comment by Jen on November 2, 2011
  4. You MADE ME CRY. Happy Birthday to you both!

    Graham turns 9 next month. Sigh.

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    Comment by Angella on November 2, 2011
  5. You are a truth-teller: Burps and farts ARE always funny.

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    Comment by Gav on November 2, 2011
  6. I am so thankful for this bundle of boy. Thanks for sharing. | :P

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    Comment by hunterX0506 on November 2, 2011
  7. Happy birthday to an AMAZING kid that I’m proud to know!

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    Comment by Kristabella on November 2, 2011
  8. I just LOVE being the mama of a boy, and love reading about others who also love being the mama of a boy.

    Happy birthday to him and happy birth day to you!

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    Comment by Mrs. Wilson on November 2, 2011
  9. Happy birthday, Josh!

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    Comment by Avitable on November 2, 2011
  10. yay! Happy Birthday Josh!
    I too LOVE being the Mama to a boy. I secretly & desperately wanted a boy but told no one because I didn’t want anyone to think I might be disappointed with a girl. And I was so excited to meet him.
    My boy is all boy too, and he is so awesome. His b-day is coming up on the 10th. November 2002 Babies FTW!

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    Comment by monstergirlee on November 2, 2011
  11. Aw, happy birthday to him!

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    Comment by Alex on November 2, 2011
  12. Happy birthday, Josh!

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    Comment by Darcey on November 2, 2011
  13. Happy Birthday Josh! I hope you had a GREAT day!!!

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    Comment by Meghan on November 2, 2011
  14. What a sweet sweet post! Happy birthday to your baby boy:)

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    Comment by SassyModernMom on November 3, 2011
  15. Your baby has grown into a handsome young man =)

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    Comment by Patricia on November 3, 2011
  16. I adore as well becoming the Mama to a boy. I secretly & desperately needed a boy but informed no 1 simply because I did not want anyone to believe I might be dissatisfied with a woman. And I was so thrilled to meet him. My boy is all boy as well, and he is so awesome. His b-day is coming up on the tenth. November 2002 Babies FTW!

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    Comment by Grace on November 3, 2011
  17. Ohh.. They are so cute! Happy birthday to Josh..

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    Comment by Louise on November 4, 2011
  18. Hi!

    Soo sweeeeeeet and lovely kids! One thing I would like to say is your children are God gift and you’re lucky that God has given you this opportunity to become a mother. Thanks for sharing these pictures.

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    Comment by Rosalia on November 5, 2011
  19. 24!!!! So young!
    He’s so handsome- isn’t it awesome having a boy?

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    Comment by Sarah on November 5, 2011
  20. Happy B-DAY Josh! And congratulation to you mama, you have wonderful kids :)

    Preston Livingston last blog.. Darth Vader 3D

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    Comment by Preston Livingston on December 9, 2011
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