Celebrating His Birthday During Deployment

24 years ago this evening I went into labor with my first-born son. I was already 10 days past my due date and was ready to go. He was breach, but my doctor was going to allow me to deliver naturally, until he went into distress. With in minutes I was prepped and off to the delivery room for an emergency c-section.

Nelson spent a few days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) after he was born.

Nelson spent a few days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) after he was born.

Nelson came into the world in a dramatic fashion. He was tough though. At over 8 pounds he looked like a monster baby next to the others in the NICU. He had to be hooked up to monitors and receive oxygen for a few days. He recovered nicely from his exciting entry into the world and has sought adventure ever since.

He is celebrating his birthday this year far from home. I am writing this entry the evening of March 24 here at home, but it is well into March 25 where he is now. We all miss him.

This afternoon our daughter expressed her love for her brother in a birthday video for him. They are ten years apart. When she was a toddler she called him NaNa. The name has stuck, at least at our home. Her video made me tear up.

We look forward to the day we can celebrate his birthday at home.

Dorie and Nelson his first day at home.

Dorie and Nelson his first day at home.

 

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6 Responses

  1. Your daughter’s video is beautiful. Happy Birthday to your son, and hang in there, Mom!

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  2. Dorie – your photo holding Nelson is incredible. I thought it was Chelle holding another babe. How young you were.
    I’ve always been of the belief that parents should be celebrated on the children’s birthdays as well because parents shaped the child.
    So congratulations to you Dorie for becoming the “consummate” military mom and to Nelson for his brave road of service.

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    • Thank you, Bobbie. Several of my friends thought it was Chelle holding a baby. She laughed and said, “Yes,mI held my older brother before I was born.”

      We are past the half way mark in his deployment. It won’t be long now.

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  3. Lovely post!!

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