Monday, May 12, 2008

All about Sawyer

This newborn...

... is 1 today!

A year ago today Sawyer was born. It's so hard to believe. Like Jeremy said last night, it feels like it was just yesterday yet it seems like he's always been here with us.

After Sawyer's birth, my midwife gave me my complete file with a nearly minute-by-minute account of my labor and his birth. We read it last night, remembering all the details. My first labor pains woke me up at 2am, 24 hours before he was born. We spent the day laboring at home, just Jeremy and I, with one of my midwives stopping by every now and then to check fetal heartrate and to see how I was holding up. That evening, we went to the house where Sawyer was going to be born. Our "birthing suite" was a bedroom fitted with a jacuzzi tub and a cozy bed. According to the notes, hard labor began around 8pm and by 10 I was in the tub where I stayed until Sawyer was born. Finally the entry I never thought would come that night:

2:42am- Born. Baby.

I won't lie, my first thought after Sawyer was born wasn't what he looked like or how many fingers or toes he had, it was complete and utter relief that the pain was finally over. Giving birth outside of a hospital means no drugs, not even a Tylenol, so it took my brain a few moments to shift from pain survival to the baby I was holding in my arms. Thankfully it didn't take long before my eyes were glued to him, staring at his beautiful face. He was such a sweet baby.... very content to snuggle with Dad or nurse with me.

It was pretty obvious from the beginning that he was enamored with Ian. He would watch him intently and once he was old enough to move, he followed him everywhere, and still does. He has the sweetest smile and his big eyes never miss a thing. He loves being held and is content to sit on your hip so he can watch the world from a better viewpoint. He's not walking yet and only just yesterday tried to stand on his own in the middle of the floor. He has brought so much to our family and we are so thankful he's here, he's healthy, and he's happy.

Even though there are plenty of times when Ian and him are fighting over a toy or like a typical younger brother, Sawyer destroys something Ian has built, there are many moments that I catch, just between the two of them, that speaks volumes about how they really feel.

I love that they have each other for life and my prayer is that they will be the best of friends, always taking care of and looking out for one another.

And of course, I couldn't pass up the chance to show his curls. Jeremy says he needs a haircut but can I cut off the curls?

We love your smile, your toes, your two front teeth, and every other square inch of you.

Happy, happy birthday little Sawyer.



Adam and Raechell said...

Happy Birthday, little man. We love you!

Karli said...

Happy 1st Birthday little guy! You are such a special little person, Sawyer.

Great entry, Andrea.

Andrea said...

Sawyer is such a sweetheart... his personality is coming out more and more every week, it seems.

When I get home from work he immediately peeks his head down the hall to see if it is me... within seconds he is smiling and cruising down the hall to greet me with his 2-toothed grin and a few belly laughs.

Happy birthday, Sawyer.

Bonnie and Fred said...

Happy birthday Sawyer. We hope you have a wonderful day. We love you and can't wait to see you. You look sweeter each time we see a picture of you. Love, Grandma and Grandpa.

David said...

Birthday wishes to the Conn fam. I can certainly relate to the "born yesterday, feels like he's been here all along" feeling. I find the same joy in our son Carter.

Jeremy is right about the hair but I cant help but think that Jeremy had a similar cut (mullet) until much later in life. :-)

mathew said...

Happy Birthday Sawyer! Lots of love...

Andrea said...

Thank you everyone for Sawyer's birthday wishes!

David... Jeremy definitely had the mullet growing up! The pictures are priceless, especially since the mullet is paired with the shaded glasses.