March 24, 2009

One Year Ago

All parents say this: I can't believe how fast they grow! Well, add me to the bunch as I reminisce about SoJo's first year on this wonderful earth. I can't say that it's all been puppies and kittens, but I am thankful every day (usually at the end of it, when he's in bed and not tearing through the house like a tornado) for that sweet little boy. I say it all the time, the days are long, but the weeks and months fly by!

How lucky we are to have him in our lives, words cannot even express it.
Last year at this time, SoJo was well overdue, by 11 days in fact, and was already looking to be a 9 lb+ baby. With no sign of contractions, the doctors scheduled an induction to get things moving, and looking back, I should have resisted it, since labor started naturally 5 hours before I was supposed to be induced. However, the hospital staff insisted on proceeding with the pitocin, otherwise I'd have to go home until the later stages of labor. And at that point, I was having intense contractions that were less than a minute apart. So I didn't want to make the 20 minute trip home, not knowing how I was progressing. The short version: pitocin is evil!

But after S's heartrate kept dropping and they were concerned about his size, I had a c-section and got this out of all that pain and fatigue...
Check out that cone head! Poor guy was wedged in the birth canal for some time. I look at these photos in awe, as I can't believe that is the little boy who I know and love so well now.

A day old and a bit jaundiced

2 months old (cat--9 years old)

4 months old

6 months old

7 months old

Taking his first unassisted steps at 9 months

And a few days ago

We'll be spending the day together as a family, giving him lots of hugs and kisses and counting our blessings. And then we have a little party on Saturday to celebrate with extended family and friends.

We love you little S! You have given us purpose, taught us about patience, and filled our home with laughter and love. Happy Birthday SoJo!


  1. I love the look back at his first year. It's AMAZING how much they change!

    I'm very happy for YOU, mama, on this special milestone. His first birthday is a big moment for you too! :)

  2. Wishing Soren a VERY HAPPY 1st BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Awesome photos of him, what a sweet baby you have.

  3. Happy Birthday Soren. I love his name...I agree with you pitocin is evil! Have a great party!

  4. Happy 1st Birthday, Soren! Love the pictures... I love looking at my baby boy's pictures from birth... newborn babies are just so darn cute!

  5. Absolutely adorable. I love seeing baby "baby" pictures of him. He's so sweet!

  6. Happy birthday!!!
    Such a cutie!

  7. happy birthday--he's so cute!! your birth experience sounds like mine with Ethan--he was 11 days overdue and I had to finally get induced--no fun at all. hope you have a wonderful birthday weekend!

  8. He's such a darling little guy! Happy, happy birthday to Soren!

  9. Aww Happy Birthday, have fun this weekend!

  10. Happy Birthday, handsome! Have fun and be sweet to your mommy!

  11. I can't believe I missed reading your blog yesterday when this was your post, guh!

    Happy Belated Birthday, Soren!

  12. He is the most adorable little boy! Even with his cone head. ;) Happy birthday!

  13. What a beautiful post! Happy Birthday to your beautiful baby boy.
    Oh ya, I agree, pitocin is evil!

  14. Happy Birthday Soren!

    I hope you have a fun party!

    PS Mom: we have that Melissa and Doug ring stacker too and I had to take the orange ring away b/c Deedsy puts the entire thing in his mouth. Keep your eye on it ;)

  15. Happy Birthday to Soren! These are certainly sweet little snaps...hope he has a wonderful day!!

  16. Does his 4 month picture bib say "Mother" in Chinese?

  17. How did I miss this!

    Your baby is precious. It is so true how fast the times fly by. I look at my son now and cry because I realise the precious time I have with him before he enters school next year!

    Happy birthyear for your darling boy Soren


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