Monday, July 19, 2010

Whoooosh...



The middle kid woke this morning and was suddenly (whoooosh) seven and guess what? This year, I wished him HAPPY BIRTHDAY with twenty kazillion bear hugs (poor kid) and entirely without guilt.

This time, last year, I wrote the tale of his birth and feeling all the anger and frustration and sad and guilt, hit ‘publish’ anyway. Nothing like a cathartic blog post to cleanse a few still-raw wounds. Nothing like coming clean to a kid how his entry into the world wasn’t at all the way you hoped and how you weren’t there for a while and for apologising and for having your jaw on the floor at how amazing said kid is for listening, understanding, saying ‘That’s ok, Mum’, jumping into Mum arms for a speedy, squishy hug, before dashing off to construct an insect zoo. Nothing like that sort of coming clean, for drawing a line in the sand.

So, most excellent kid, who can thrash me, Ye Household Champion, at Connect Four, who is master maker of potions, who oozes creativity and mischief, who does a generally excellent line in hugs, who never forgets to spray the stick insects and who I sometimes absolutely and entirely ‘know’ but who can still surprise the socks off me...happy birthday.

41 comments:

Kylie said...

Happy Birthday totally excellent kid!!!! Hope you have a fabulous day... did mum let you off school as a treat? ;) and yah to you mum for creating such a wonder :) kx

kirsten said...

hooray! happy birthday 7 year old!
and what a lovely boy he must be - boys are ace, hey.

Sally said...

Awesome smile. Ace dimple. HAPPY BIRTHDAY excellent kid. Have a great one.

BOB & MABEL said...

Happy birthday to your gorgeous boy. What a great photo!

Little Ted Canvas said...

Happy Birthday to your big 7yr old boy!! What a gorgeous smile...

m.e (Cathie) said...

happy birthday kid! hope you get lots of squishy bear hugs ♥

Fer said...

Happy Birthday Middle Kid! He's so totally worth it. :)

june at noon said...

Funny how fast those "whooshes" happen, isn't it? Happy birthday to your little guy!

Stomper Girl said...

Happy birthday to your Middle. I see a lot of you in him.

I've just been and read all your birth stories, I'm so glad you had one good birth! I had 2 terrible births, each in their own different way. I decided that I was good at pregnancy just no good at labour! But maybe if I'd gone back for a third...

Gypsy said...

I just read your birth stories, Tania they are so beautifully written, you've made me cry. I have three very similar stories, two difficult and traumatic births, then a beautiful, easy, quick homebirth.
Happy Birthday to your very spunky looking Middle child!

beck said...

Is that the bestest most happiest & glorious photo of a fella ever taken? So full of life and fun, I just love his expression. I love the way you celebrate your kids, every day, not just on birthdays. And good for you with the line in the sand stuff and for posting about the hard parts of life. Hope you are celebrating you, as a mum today too, have a happy, happy day xo

Madeline said...

Happy birthday to your little man! Oh, what an incredible smile he has. Such joy.

Kirsty said...

Happy, happy birthday to the middle. My middle's a July fella too.

Hope he has a most excellent day.

One Flew Over said...

Happy Birthday young Man!

Hope the day is filled with joy and lots of birthday spoils xx

Sue said...

Happy 7th birthday! Hope you have a fantastic day and get lots of wonderful pressies too.

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

What a great mum you are to make such a top kid. Absolutely beautiful photo Tania and yay to Mr Middle! happy Birthday!!

flowerpress said...

We all know middle children are most fabulous (and misunderstood sniff sniff). Happy Birthday Mr 7.

Andi said...

Happy Birthday middle kid!!
You've got some fabulous dimples there buddy!!
Watch out ladies!!

Tracey said...

happy birthday middle kid, you share your entry into the world with my Little Miss, July 2003 was a good month for creating creative offspring!

angelina said...

love it. super cute, have a good one kid o !

Bellgirl said...

Happy birthday big boy, and hooray for being over birth guilt! I got past mine late last year, and it's amazing how much better every day is. Woohoo!

beccasauras said...

Happy birthday. Hmm, right age, I like his mum, he's cute as, may need to set him up with my little beauty? Imagine us knitting for the grandkids (oops, a bit carried away, sorry).

Daan said...

Happy Birthday!!!

I'll read your story tonight, i had hope and dreams en ideas too, but it wasn't possible (and after the first birth i'm happy to be still alive and my little girl too, so I focuse on that and make my sons' hospitale c-sectionbirths as natural as possible ;-) by coming home as soon as possible.

well it's a subject to talk and talk and talk about, isn't it.

warm hugs, Daan

Cherie said...
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Cherie said...

... and what a brilliant middle kid he is from an equally brilliant Mum! Hope it's an awesome, magical Happy Birthday Day of celebration for you BOTH. xo

A Peppermint Penguin said...

Happy Birthday to your most excellent 7 year old!

And to the most excellent mum.

Cheers,
AJ

Catherine said...

Happy Birthday to your special little guy. I hope he had a super day!:)

teddybearswednesday said...

what a grin. Happy birthday little man. xo

Sandrine said...

I like the Whooosh Tania, I think I can hear it "echoing"in my head.Your beautiful boy has grown so much since the photos of last year post!Happy Birthday and wishing you all a great year ahead.xx

Mel said...

Oh happy birthday excellent middle kid! Hope you all had fabulous cuddle-filled celebrations!

PottyMouthMama said...

This kid of yours is a beautiful, beautiful, radiant creature. I love this photo of said kid. He is delightful, I can tell by his sheer radiance.

Happy Birthday gorgeous boy!
xxx

Word verification is Worin. Is that your son's name, but you didn't like the traditional Warren spelling?

Loz and Dinny said...

Happy birthday middle lovely boy! From a fellow middle child! and well done on being the Mama to one gorgeous offspring!

Lola Nova said...

Oh the slippery slope of being the vessel and then the captain. So many wonders and fears and nail biting, hand wringing, belly laughing, small smiling moments in parenthood.
Happy Birthday to that beautiful boy, and to you sweet mama!

Cindy said...

Happy birthdy to the beautiful curly haired boy with the radiant smile. I am sure he had a tops day and really - mum cuddles - are there anything better (and the answer is always NO)

Anna said...

I just wanted to say (from a biddofa lurker) OI BLUDDY LUV YOUR BLOG. You never fail to put a smile on my face Tania.

Anonymous said...

From one Middle Kid to another wishing you a wonderfully Happy Birthday!
Tarn you certainly have an amazing boy there!
Love Jen xo

Di said...

Happy Birthday to the middle man!
Amazing how birth experiences stay with you for life, whether you were totally conscious through the experience or not. My first one was good, so it's hard to imagine #2 not going well. Might need a reality check later...

jo so and sew said...

What a smile!!! Happy birthday big 'L' boy!

ELK said...

very handsome birthday boy...

Amanda said...

I remember this post..It's what got me hooked to your blog...And loving every minute of it since...Happy Birthday big guy, sounds like he got an early jump on life lessons. Blessing in horrible disguise??

Karin van D. said...

Happy belated birthday! What a gorgeous smile he has :-)