Happy Birthday Chase and Paul!

Thirty-one…thirty-one…31…THIRTY-ONE!!!!  How did I let this happen?! I took a nap, woke up, and your were grown, independent, successful men.  I know that should make me happy, and it does, but man oh man how I miss my little blonde headed boys.  The two of you couldn’t wait to get started with your lives.  Arriving eight weeks early became of world of NICU, heart monitors for a year, countless doctor appointments, and very little sleep. I wouldn’t trade one single second of it.   When I would push you in my ‘double wide’ stroller, people would stop me and say, “I am so glad that it is you and not me.”  I would look them right in the eye and say, “Me too.  Jesus knows who to double bless.”

 

Chase, my oldest by five minutes. The funny thing is, you truly have the 'oldest' child characteristics.
Chase, my oldest by five minutes. The funny thing is, you truly have the ‘oldest’ child characteristics.
Paul, you missed being the oldest by five minutes. Though you have made a great middle child.
Paul, you missed being the oldest by five minutes, but  you have made a great middle child.

I think this picture says it all. Two preemies, heart monitors on, Daddy feeding you giving me a much needed break. We were a team, just like the two of you.
I think this picture says it all. Two preemies, heart monitors on, Daddy feeding you giving me a much needed break. We were a team, just like the two of you.
The two of you have been conspiring since the day you came home.
The two of you have been conspiring since the day you came home.
I mean, seriously........the cute factor is too much!
I mean, seriously……..the cute factor is too much!
If truth be known, your dad and I were probably laughing because we were delirious from having NO sleep.
If truth be known, your dad and I were probably laughing because we were delirious from having NO sleep.
Chase, Chase, Chase, you were a sneaky little thing. I am so sorry Paul that I was too busy taking a picture rather than rescuing you. But I got a great picture!
Chase, Chase, Chase, you were a sneaky little thing. I am so sorry Paul that I was too busy taking a picture rather than rescuing you. But I got a great picture!
Our home was always ghost free. Those ghosts didn't stand a chance with my little ghostbusters!!
Our home was always ghost free. Those ghosts didn’t stand a chance against my little ghostbusters!!
You were free with the sugar, or 'shoo-loo' as Paul said.
You were free with the sugar, or ‘shoo-loo’ as Paul said.
My little boys and their blonde hair and blue eyes.
My little boys and their blonde hair and blue eyes.
Best buddies, best friends, brothers, inseparable.
Best buddies, best friends, brothers, inseparable.
Your superhero was Papa Gene. He could do no wrong. You were forever asking me to take you to "Sippy Sippy".
Your superhero was Papa Gene. He could do no wrong. You were forever asking me to take you to “Sippi Sippi”.
Oh my goodness, Ninja Turtles!!!!
Oh my goodness, Ninja Turtles!!!!
As much as I miss those little blonde headed boys, I sure love my two men.
As much as I miss those little blonde headed boys, I sure love my two men.
Paul, you have given me a beautiful second daughter that I love so much.
Paul, you have given me a beautiful second daughter that I love so much.
My Punks! All three of you had a birthday this week. When you were little, the birthday season was very hectic for this mommy but I loved every bit of it.
My Punks! All three of you had a birthday this week. When you were little, the birthday season was very hectic for this mommy but I loved every bit of it.

I never lost a night’s sleep worrying about you.  Never had to worry you were out doing all those things you shouldn’t be doing.  I am sure you were, you were just so dang smart you knew how to keep me from finding out!  I have admired your work ethic since you were little boys.  It didn’t matter if you were doing a school project or building with lego’s, you stuck with it until it was done.  Never did I imagine the level you would achieve professionally.  I have said it before, I am so glad you never listened to me when I would yell, “Boys, GET OFF THAT DANG COMPUTER!!!!”  You amazed me as little boys, you amaze me as grown men.  I want you to know that I am so very proud of you.  I just don’t thing you could have made me happier or prouder.  Oh I still miss those little boys.  I would give anything to hear one more time,  “Shoo-loo Mommy, shoo-loo”.  But I sure am enjoying the men you have become.  If you want to make your Mama really happy, next time you come home, ask for “shoo loo.”  Now, I need to end this so I can go blow my nose and wipe my face.  I have now gone into the ugly cry.

Your Mama loves you like crazy,

Mama

 

 

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