HAPPY 5TH BIRTHDAY LEVI!!
This little angel is my Levi born at 3:53 AM on Friday, January 22nd, 2010. This picture was taken just about 8 hours after he was born and look how photogenic.
Let me clarify this before I continue, I love each of my four children equally, they are my reason for being. There is no way I could imagine life without a single one of them, they each have their own influence on my life. With that said, let me say that Levi completely changed my life forever.
Levi is my last baby, I had my tubes tied the morning after he was born. I knew from the very shocking moment I found I was pregnant that this would be my last time, I was 36 years old and my youngest at that point was about to turn 7. Because of my age and because a genetic heart problem had been identified in me in recent years, this pregnancy was heavily monitored. He was growing on schedule and thankfully his heart was developing normally and showing no signs of this defect. I had an uneventful pregnancy until the last 2 months before my due date when I began having contractions at regular intervals, that is when I was wrought with worry (Abby was born 10 weeks prematurely!). I needn't have fretted, I made it to 36 weeks before he was born. From his first breath this child has been the embodiment of love and complete joy. He is the friendliest, most loving child. He is curious and eager to really learn about things not just hear quick facts. He is sensitive, you must approach him knowing that whatever you are feeling he will pick up on it immediately. He is intelligent with the ability to absorb new things and integrate them easily. Being pregnant with him and in those first months of his life I learned just how tender and loving my older children are. They were considerate of my need for rest and they all wanted their turn holding, loving, and feeding their new brother. My heart felt many days so full of love that it could burst at any moment.
As he has grown from my baby bump into a living, breathing baby boy, to a toddler, to this now adorable little boy he has adored his daddy above all. He has developed quite a vocabulary for such a young child, not only does he understand many words and phrases he can actually use them in context. He looks up to his big brother. He loves his sisters even if he doesn't always understand them and their moods. I tell him it will teach him better patience for when he is a boyfriend and then a husband if that is what he wants to be when he gets older. He laughs at that and says. "I don't know about all that because girls are really weird sometimes but I do want to be a Daddy just like mine!" That swells my heart right into my soul. Not only am I lucky to have great kids, the kids and I are lucky to have this man to love, honor, and cherish. To love and lead us through life.
My cup overfloweth.
So my darling Levi, I wish you a very happy birthday and I thank you sincerely for being you!