Today we celebrated the 7th birthday of our energetic, strong willed but incredibly sweet and loving 3rd born.
He was born in the early hours of a very frosty Remembrance Sunday morning after a nice easy labour (in as much a way as you can call childbirth easy!) An hour and 20 minutes after I first woke up that night he was born.
My brother & his wife were on standby to look after our older boys, who were then aged 5 and 3. However, when my husband went to call them he came back upstairs to me and said, 'What's plan B? They aren't answering their phone!' We knew we could ask one of our neighbours to come but it was 3.30am and we didn't know if they would hear the door knocking (we couldn't ring them as we had never thought of taking their phone number since we see them all the time anyway!)
Fortunately my quick thinking hubby phoned a single friend who lived a few streets away. She answered her phone and was soon round. The next obstacle was the heavily frosted up windows on the car but after a liberal dose of de-icer we were soon on our way.
For some time afterwards we teased my brother and sister-in-law about their missing the phone call that they had been primed for for so long. Apparently every other night they had taken the phone upstairs but not that one.
Three years later when our 4th boy was born, I think my poor sister in law still felt so guilty about it that when we phoned her to come round she was here in record time! Which was just as well considering how quickly HE came - 45 minutes after I first woke up. I had literally just sat on the hospital bed.
Anyway, back to the birthday boy. I thought it would be fun to look through his previous birthdays and see how he has grown.
Here he is at 12 hours old. Back home and tucked up.
I couldn't resist adding this one of his proud big brothers.
From the start he had such beautiful big dark eyes. The other three boys all have their daddy's blue eyes. He has my green eyes, although his are a much darker green.
I couldn't find his first birthday photos on this computer, but he is on his 2nd birthday. (That's a fire engine cake)
On his 3rd birthday.
5th birthday, complete with pirate costume.
And last year, on his 6th birthday, surrounded by his brothers and cousins.
This year all he asked for was a Pillow Pet, which he loves. He also got a remote controlled Rally Car, which he also loves. I think both contrasting gifts sum up the two sides of his personality so well!
Lastly, here he is with his cake tonight. And the Pillow Pet.