Then and Now … Mattison Turns 11

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I’ve been a mom for 11 years.


That’s kinda crazy to say out loud because that’s over a third of my life. Mattison was my first (full term) baby and now the chubby little stinker is a lean and tall 11 year old. Well, technically not until Friday the 31st. He was very much a surprise baby as I didn’t even find out I was pregnant until about 2 weeks after Jon proposed to me. I guess I could say I had it easy because aside from being a chunky little thing, he was a pretty easy baby. Actually they all were.

I found this picture by accident this evening when I was talking with some girls on Facebook about OshKosh overalls. There it was, folded up and stuck to the edge of my desk drawer, his chubby little face. The same face I can see in him today with just as much spunk as he had then. This photo shoot took an hour longer than it was suppose to because he just kept laughing and laughing, blowing bubbles with his tongue and wouldn’t stop for a second just to smile. I guess I can see now that it worked out quite well because now I have a goofy, drooly picture to share with his future girlfriend.

mattison 2002

But here he is now turning 11 years old and I’m just so proud of him. We’ve had our share of battles and bumps, with no doubt more to come but I can’t wait to see the man he becomes.

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  1. Very handsome!

  2. Happy early birthday to him! It does go by fast, doesn’t it?!

  3. Aww, happy early birthday, handsome! I’d love to see the entire set of photos from his baby shoot, too cute!

    Now I’m trying to picture Jayden at 11. OMG he’ll be 5 in April. I can’t handle it.

  4. Seems crazy doesn’t it? I’ve been a mom for 10 years already!!! Super cute baby and handsome boy now! The 31st is a difficult day for me as it was my grandmas birthday. I hope he has a wonderful day!

  5. Awwwww, this is so sweet! He was such a chunky little baby, wasn’t he? He’s certainly a handsome young man now. Happy Birthday to him!

  6. Happy early birthday! You are a great little man there!

  7. Happy {almost} Birthday to your handsome little man!

  8. Aw, that picture is too adorable! Hey, at least he was a happy, giggly baby ^.^
    Happy (almost) birthday!

  9. sniff, sniff. He is so grown up now. Dont make me so sad!

  10. He’s grown and changed so much just in the past year. That is definitely a photo for future girlfriends, but I’m sure as handsome as he is now, they won’t mind the drooly face! :)