Monday, November 17, 2008

Happy Birthday Ryan!

Fifteen years ago today, Ryan was born. Andrew was still a student at the University of Utah while working full time. I worked the whole pregnancy at American Express (4:30am start time!) and we built our house in Lehi. We moved in when Ry was 6 weeks old.
He came into the world by C-section...and aspirated some fluid on the way out. He spent his first 24 hours of life under an oxygen box. I didn't get to hold him until he was more than a day old. It was unbearable. But he quickly turned it around and has really never been sick since!
Here are 15 things that I love about him:
1. He is brilliant and loves to learn!
2. He is a hysterical germ-o-phobe. Sadly, some of us like to torture him with germs:)
3. He doesn't mind that I can't seem to stop calling him "baby." (well he WAS my baby for 8 years until Grace came they both answer to the moniker)
4. He manages his time wisely. He's great at chipping away at assignments and never is slapping things together at the last minute.
5. He has a beautiful, sensitive heart.
6. He's our go-to-guy for figuring out anything electronic.
7. He's infinitely patient with Grace (he plays Princess Monopoly and Mastermind with her every Sunday!)
8. He is always kind
9. He comes to Primary with me and "performs" his Chinese language ability
10. He loves to read
11. He loves healthy food
12. He never complains about what I fix for dinner. He just eats it :)
13. He has a savant-like memory for numbers
14. He never misses a good-night hug
15. He never misses an opportunity to say "I love you!"
Happy 15th birthday my sweet boy. I love you more every minute of every day. You are absolutely a gift and a blessing to our family. And to me in particular. You make me glad to be a mother. I can't wait to see what amazing things you will do and be in the years to come!


jillian said...

I love this boy!! :)

Bea said...

Happy Birthday Ryan. What a cute baby and a handsome boy. With a one woman cheering section like your Mom you will be a success.

Lilian said...

Happy Birthday Ryan!! Gosh he looks a lot like his dad! And that baby picture is so stinkin' CUTE!

frontporchfriend said...

I have a special little place in my heart for Ryan...for years he was 'my boy' until I got one of my own. I'll never forget our little trips to Hart's to get a treat...for some reason I recall on e particular occassion when he really wanted the gummy insects, but didn't want me to spend 'too much money'. Happy Birthday, to Ryan, from your old friend Miss Joy!

Lesley said...

Happy birthday to Ryan!! What a wonderful post from his Mom.

Marivic_Little GrumpyAngel said...

Looks like I'm a day late. Sorry, Ryan! But I hope you had a great birthday. Based on your Mom's list of 15 things you seem like an awesome young man and I hope I get to meet you in person one of these days. Maybe you can hang out with my 16 year old baby AJ. He's a great boy, too, but I'm sure he can learn a lot from you especially #3 and #12 on your Mom's list :-)