My labor was the hardest thing I had ever done in my life; I thought (and wanted) to die several times during it (I had not be enlightened on God's invention of the epidural with this labor). In the end Alex was vacuumed out and minutes later the nurse said, "He has a weird ear." I was thinking after so much work and now he has a weird ear? I was exhausted, overwhelmed, and certainly inexperienced in motherhood.
We brought home Alex to our stuffy hot apartment and wondered what to do next. Could he hear? Would kids make fun of him? Was his ear like this because I snuck on that Indiana Jones ride at Disneyland when I was four months pregnant with Alex?
Zip forward twelve years and I am now standing next to a boy that is turning into a young man. Alex loves to point out to me that he is almost as tall as me and we wear almost the same size shoes and will be going to Junior High this school year. Alex has shown bravery time after time as he has undergone reconstructive outer and inner ear surgeries. He is kind to his siblings, smarter than his mommy, athletic, and all around a great kid.
Alex received several gifts this year that will benefit him in all his scouting years ahead of him. He also got a big bottle of Nutella which he has been savoring.
What did he wish for?? I heard him say today that he wished he had underarm hair.
We are so proud to be Alex's parents! This is a big birthday for Alex as he will now be attending boy scouts and youth group each week. Even more important this year is that he will receive the aaronic priesthood. Alex will now have the opportunity to pass the sacrament on Sundays. He is anxious to fulfill his duties to God. I'm so thankful that his relationship with God is such a high priority to Alex.
Love this kid!!