Monday, February 25, 2008

5 Years In A Blink of An Eye








So I'm really going out on a limb here and showing this picture of Tman in utero but I feel comfortable not knowing which faces are looking at it, somehow. :) Either way, I was young, and loved 3 cans of Ravioli for lunch and a Tombstone pizza for dinner. Forgive me.

So today is definitely weird. Since I am presently in the "expecting" stage (with Tariku) I remember very clearly what I was thinking this morning 5 years ago. Zach and I were getting our bags packed to head to the hospital. The night before I had called our doctor and told her I was done being pregnant and it was time to pull this thing out of me. She obliged. Be there at 8am tomorrow, she told us. So we were. We were just a couple of 20-year-olds in love with each other and with this baby we had yet to see. When Trysten was descending, our doctor said, "He has long eyelashes!" I was so excited to hear that! When he came out (after 3 hours of pushing, mind you) I could not believe how much I loved him immediately. I really wasn't expecting that.

The last 5 years have been nothing short of amazing. He keeps pleasantly surprising me on a daily basis. He is my emoter, he is my sympathetic one, he is my caretaker of the young. He loves taking care of his sister, his cousins and anyone else who will let him. He is so very smart, remembers the littlest of details and loves making people laugh. He loves any play toy that fights but his personality is definitely more that of a lover than a fighter. I don't plan on projecting any high aspirations for my children (President, CEO, etc) but I do believe this kid will make an indelible mark on whatever he does. He affects everyone he meets in such a positive way I just can't imagine how that won't continue throughout the rest of his life, quite naturally really.

I think it's safe to say that we've kind of grown up together. Though Zach and I were young when we had him, parenthood kind of just came to us and we've been enjoying it since. Yesterday at church we sang, "Blessed be the Name" and I couldn't help but think how every night when I'm remembering what to thank God for, one of the first things I think of is Trysten. My amazing, beautiful, terrific firstborn. Thank you, Tman for 5 great years!

The pics are from utero to five!

8 comments:

johndengler said...

Happy Birthday T-Man!!!

Amy said...

Hi!! Where in Iowa are you guys?? I know Josh knows where the Landers live...but I can't remember. Is it Davenport-ish?

Cassie said...

there are seriously worse things than ravioli and pizza!! i think you looked great!
happy birthday, trysten!

Mama Sweet Pea said...

Happy b-day Mr. FIVE! So exciting!

Cindy said...

Happy birthday to your little man! I LOVED your picture...I forgot to take pictures right before I delivered my boys (what a donkey). As always...wishing you all the best.

Chatter said...

Happy Birthday Trysten! You are a handsome little guy and I bet you can't wait to get your little brother home.

Tesi, you are adorable pregnant!

Tarah said...

Happy birthday T!!!
OH Tessi, I am so glad I wasn't the only one that looked like a baby giving birth the first time! :) You were/are adorable!!!!

Blessings to your family.
T

ChiTown Girl said...

You were just as beautiful pregnant as you are today. Maybe even more so, as all pregnant women are a vision to behold! And, seriously, you would never know from that gorgeous picture that you were eating all that ravioli and pizza. I followed my doctor's orders (almost!) to a T, and I was a house!!!

Happy Birthday, Trysten!