day 5: my baby turned 5 today. “are you my boy?” i asked him. “yup, i’m your birthday boy”, he told me.
with all of the things we had to do for palm sunday mass today and a surprise birthday party for my friend’s husband, we didn’t celebrate the way i would’ve liked to. but that will come this week because turning 5 is a very important matter.
this curly haired boy is especially dear to me because i asked for him. two months after a very painful miscarriage, on my birthday, while on a walk with my father and the three older kids, (my husband and i lived next door to my parents at that time and walks like this were common), who were four, six and nine…were skipping along and there was a most beautiful sunset that evening and it moved me to say a very heartfelt prayer, a prayer for another baby. “please, God, blessed mother, all you angels and saints, by this time next year, can i please have another baby to hold for my next birthday.” that is all i wanted. and because it was God’s will, the following year, nine days before my birthday, on april 5th at 5:05 a.m., he was born. all 8 lbs. 14 oz. of him-after 12 hours of THE most painful labor-i cried the divine mercy chaplet almost the WHOLE time-it was lent you see…and i was ready, so ready for my emma therese. i just knew she was almost here. another girl, who would finally even out the boy to girl ratio in our home-3 and 3….but God has a sense of humor and emma therese was not meant to be……because it was a BOY! thank you Sweet Jesus, for this precious baby boy. may he have many, many more.
ps. he even got a birthday blessing from father after mass today!