12 Years Ago … Along Came Matt

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On this day twelve years ago I was curled up in bed in the worst pain I’ve ever experienced in my life. I like to call it post-traumatic child birth. I had just gotten home after two very long and painful days in the hospital after giving birth to my first child. I say traumatic because that’s exactly how I’d describe his birth. Matt came into this world weighing 9 pounds and needed every medical intervention short of a c-section to make his debut.

I was lucky in the sense that I only labored for about 9 hours but after that, it all went downhill. There was over two hours of mostly unsuccessful “pushing” then came the 3rd degree episiotomy, forceps and as a last resort, vacuum extraction. It was the birth that scared me away from having anymore children for nearly six years. But it also taught me about sacrifice, my first very important lesson about motherhood.

matt baby christmas

Raising this not-so-little dude was rough, even more so because I was very young, newly married and 100 miles away from my family.

matt baby

But I was lucky, I had an amazing husband that worked hard to become the man and father he wanted to be.

jon and matt

And somehow we managed to survive the first few years of parenting with one cute, curly-headed little guy that challenged us in every way possible.

matt and cat 1

And now he’s getting all grown up on us! Matt is now celebrating his 12th birthday. Even though the fluffy head of curls is gone, he’s still got that charming smile.

matts 12th packers birthday

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  1. Aw, Happy Birthday Matt!
    What a handsome young man he is!

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  2. What a handsome guy! Happy Birthday Matt!

  3. So so sweet. Happy 12th Birthday!

  4. Happy Birthday to Matt! It’s amazing how our first born change us in ways we never thought could happen. I hope he has a fantastic day

  5. Carmen says:

    Happy birthday Matt! Go Pack!

  6. Happy Birthday to your son, they grow up way to fast. I love how they become independent and grow into their own personality but I so miss the days when a swing made them happy and I could just sit and rock and watch a TV show feeling content as could be.

    Hope the next 12 years don’t fly by too fast!

  7. Mary Beth Elderton says:

    Wow…you have a handsome son! I already adore your cute girls! Your birth story reminds me of mine with my son. I was a small woman with a big baby and had a lot to learn. You have such a beautiful family.

  8. Happy Birthday Matt!

    He is blessed to have two great parents like you and Jon :)

  9. Happy Birthday Matt =)

  10. Karen R says:

    Happy Birthday to Matt! He does have a beautiful smile.

  11. First, look at your long blonde hair!!

    And matt is a fine young gentleman there! Happy 12th!


  12. Oh he does have a charming smile! Look out girls LOL!

    I hope he had a great birthday!

  13. He is quite a handsome young man, that’s for sure!
    I know this is quite late but I hope your ‘baby boy’ had a wonderful and happy birthday :)