Sunday, August 28, 2011

Rob is 5 years old!

Five years ago today, my life changed forever!  Suffering from a pretty heavy case of pre-eclampsia and hypertension, I had been in the hospital for 4 days.  I was 37 weeks pregnant, so the doctors were pretty sure Rob was healthy, but "white, male" babies' lungs are the weakest, so they wanted to run a couple of tests before delivering him.  Finally on Monday morning August, 28, 2006, I was put into labor.  Twelve (12) long hours (plus a couple of "Get him outta me!" screams on my end) later, Robert Corry Morris, Jr was born. I was now a mother.  Never again would life revolve around me, but rather life became about my quest to provide a stable, loving, Christian home to the greatest gift I had ever received -- the life of my child.
Length: 19 1/2"
Weight: 5 lbs, 7 oz 

Now, let's fast-forward 5 years!  That tiny baby has grown into such a wonderful young boy!
Height: 45.5" (3' 9.5")
Weight: 47 lbs

Sleeping Patterns: This summer you have gone to sleep around 9 or 9:30 and you will sleep until about 8 AM.  That is, unfortunately, about to change as school will start back next week.  You are a good sleeper.  you still like Mommy to read you a book and lie down with you for a few minutes.  Occaisionally you will wake up in the middle of the night and come to my room to potty.  You want me to walk you back up to your bed.
Eating Habits: OMG if I hear the word "snack" again some days I think my head will spin!  Rob, you are a wonderful eater and you will eat healty foods.  However, you are so busy, that you won't allow yourself to get full at meal time, so you want to snack constantly.  You wake up hungry.  You want breakfast in a hurry.  Usually it is either a waffle or cereal. 
New Discoveries & Accomplishments: You are learning to ride a bike and a Razor scooter.  You have just discovered how to add with your fingers and you can figure out basic addition/subtraction so long as the sum is 10 or less.  You are really into space, stars, and planets, too.  You are going to repeat 4K this year, due to your late birthday.  Mommy and Daddy have prayed about it and we want you to grow into a leader, not a follower.  So one more year of maturity will likely give you life-long maturity.  However, you are so ready to learn!  You absorb knowledge!  You took piano lessons this spring and loved it.  Daddy is not keen on you playing the piano, but you say you want to be a "rock star" and musicians all say it starts with a piano.
Places You Love:  You still love going to the park, but lately it has been so humid and hot that we haven't had a chance to go lately.  You love the zoo and everything about it; the train ride, the snakes exhibit (shudder), the tiger, and the splash pad.  You really love swimming!  We have gone to the beach a couple of times and you prefer the pool to the sand!  We swam at cousin Miles' pool several times and you had a blast. You also love, love, love going to Mimi and Rocky's house and cooking with them!
Special Friends: You started "school" this past year.  You were in the 4K program at Prince of Peace Catholic Church and School in Hoover, AL -- also our church.  Ms. Tania was your teacher and you were absolutely crazy about her.  So were we.  She was a dear person to you. 
You also made many friends in class, but the one friend you idolized was Ryan B.  Ryan who turned 5 early in the fall, is moving onto Kindergarten this year.  But I know you will make many new friends this fall and these are the boys and girls you will stick with for years to come.  Plus, you will still see Ryan at POP all the time!

Current Events: This year has been the year of extreme weather!  Today the US East coast is shielding itself from Hurricane Irene, which is making landfall as I type.  The south is still recuperating from the devastating tornados that swept 16 states and killed over 300 people in Alabama alone.  Just this week there was an earthquake in Washington, DC -- a first since WWII.  The East coast is bracing itself for Hurricane Irene set to make landfall sometime on today or tomorrow.  Lastly, this has also been the year of the death of Osama Bin Laden, thanks to a classified, US Special Operations raid.

What We Did This Day:  Today Mommy woke up in Portsmouth, NH and I'm missing you so much!  I am supposed to be coming home today, but Hurricane Irene has pushed my travel plans back a day.  You woke up with Daddy, but tonight you are spending the night with Mimi so she can keep you tomorrow while Daddy is at work.  I have a surprise for you!

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