Friday, 28 March 2008

Happy Birthday to...

Arthur!

Number 1 Son will be 14 tomorrow.

Our long awaited second child arrived 7 years after our first, after much to-ing and fro-ing to the infertility clinic, many horrible/embarrassing tests, being told to give up and finally being given an experimental drug that really seemed to kick things into gear.

He arrived 2 weeks early. The birth was tricky as he kept disengaging and going to sleep! We were finally given the choice of going home or allowing the midwives to force the issue. My wife let them force the issue - one pushing his behind while the other waited to catch his head and guide it into position. OUCH! He was born soon after but not until my poor, heroic wife had to stop pushing while they cut the chord from around his neck.

He was the smallest of our babies, just under 7 pounds. Long, with big hands, feet and head, but very thin in the body - he didn't even have any butt cheeks! Not to worry, a couple of weeks of breast feeding and he was like a cabbage patch doll!

He grew and developed quickly, crawling and walking earlier than usual. He was also fascinated by computers, learning to use a mouse before his first birthday. He soon loved playing Lemmings, as described in a post a short while ago.

He has grown into a great , um, young man I guess I should say now, very intelligent and polite with a strong sense of right and wrong. He once wanted to join the Police but this has given way to a general concentration on computers, maths and science and is now working his way towards getting into the best university he can, possibly Oxford or Cambridge. After than he is not sure, but that is not really a problem anyway is it? How many of us actually ended up doing what we had planned to do when we were 14?

Looking forward to a great weekend.

10 comments:

Ali said...

Awww - that was a perfect description! I can almost picture him, and it's obvious you are very proud.

Happy Birthday Arthur!

And have a great weekend Rock Chef!

Jen said...

Happy birthday, Arthur! Enjoy this time!

14 years . . . . I'm sure it just seems like a moment ago when the midwife was "forcing the issue" to have him make an entrance into this world of ours.

Great portrayal of your son.

Terri said...

Happy Birthday to Arthur! He sounds like a charming kid!

amazingbrenda said...

Many Happy wishes to Arthur. What a proud dad you must be. Keep up the good work Arthur!

kenady said...

Happy Birthday Arthur!!!

He sounds like such a wonderful young man. I'm sure it had nothing to do with his loving parents:)

Logziella said...

Happy Belated Birthday Arthur!

RC-your son sounds like quite the young man and I agree with Kenady that I am sure having wonderful parents didn't help much! NOT!

You have reason to be proud!

Rachael Rae Diaries said...

Happy Birthday Arthur! They grow way to quickly! my sister is 9 years younger than me and it seems like she was just born! She will be turning 15 this year and taking drivers ed! If you ever in the US saty off the roads! Ha!

Marie said...

He sounds wonderful. Happy Belated Birthday to him!

Kiki said...

Happy Birthday Arthur!!! What a wonderful tribute to an amazing son, he clearly has a lot to offer the world and I'll look forward to hearing more about how his life progresses!!! I'm agree with the others that he is so wonderful as a direct result of you and your wife's awesome parenting!!! Take a bow!!!

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