March 03, 2007

12 Years

I've been blinking too much again.

Just 12 years ago, I was watching my first born son for the first time, holding him to my breast, moving my lips softly across his peach fuzz covered head, nuzzling my nose into his neck.

And today I'm helping him set up his iPod shuffle, the only thing he wanted for his birthday. (Well, he wants a cell phone but I've told him NO and he knows better than to argue.)

We've moved into 'pre-teen-dom' and if its not obvious by his look and mannerisms, it is by the things he asks for as gifts.

And for those scoffing at iPods, it really is the current equivalent of a kid getting his first stereo. Luckily its much smaller.

So he's busy playing songs off his new Weird Al Yankovich CD, yet something else he asked for, something supplied to him by his Mimi and Big Daddy (or as the kids say, "Mim and Big"), and downloading into his new shuffle. He has an iTunes gift card to buy more of his favorite music.

By the way, did you know that when you go to buy Weird Al Yankovich, he's not in the Pop section of the music store, but rather in the 'comedy' section? Me either. I thought that was for stuff that was funny...

He looks like a 12 year old. Although he's not had his growth spurt, his upper body is starting to take on the muscular shape he will have. His face is starting to look older again, and his bedroom has taken on that musky 'boy/male teenager' smell. He loves to sleep, eat, and hang with his buddies.

I was running my hands through his thick wavy hair today, thinking of how 12 years ago he had none.

I was making his birthday dessert (my kids will pick things other than cake), a Chocolate Ganache Bombe, which is a light cake with ground pecans and buttermilk, formed into a bowl where it is filled with two different types of chocolate mousse, then the entire thing is covered in a dark chocolate ganache. And 12 years ago, my baby was drinking from the tap... the Mama tap.

I love my boy.

Happy 12th Birthday, Ringo. The time is passing too quickly...

Posted by Boudicca at March 3, 2007 10:30 PM | TrackBack

Cheers to your boy!
(toasting him with chocolate milk, of course)

If you ever figure out how to get him to shower regularly and comb his hair, let me know.
We have issues here.

Posted by: Roses at March 3, 2007 11:52 PM

A big birthday wish to Ringo!.

Hold em and love as one day you will see that they have grown up and you will swell with pride at the way the have turned out.

I speak from experience as my 3 sons and one daughter have grown to be just nice people which is what any parent wants for their off springs.

I get to live the fun of raising children thru you, Christina and shoe all over again.

You are doing a good job, because I know I will never see your boys on any episode of "Cops"

Posted by: jerry at March 4, 2007 12:42 AM

Happy birthday to Ringo! Many hugs and smooches!

Posted by: oddybobo at March 4, 2007 02:48 AM

Happy Birthday to Ringo! Bou, you always bring a tear to my eye as I read your posts about the boys and am reminded how fast it does indeed by. I know you appreciate and enjoy these days. I sure miss them. Don't miss thirteen to seventeen so much, but then we have girls.

Posted by: SWMBO at March 4, 2007 08:19 AM

Happy Belated to Ringo!

Posted by: That 1 Guy at March 4, 2007 09:46 AM

Happy Birthday Ringo!!!

Posted by: vw bug at March 4, 2007 09:58 AM

that cake sounds good! would it be possible to get the recipe posted?

Posted by: S at March 4, 2007 12:48 PM

Happy Birthday Ringo!

Hmmm, I think I should make him a birthday card with some killer creature on it, scan it and send it. ;-)

Posted by: Sissy at March 4, 2007 12:53 PM

happy birthday Ringo!

Posted by: caltechgirl at March 4, 2007 02:20 PM

Happy Birthday Ringo! Sounds like it's already been a great one.

Posted by: Teresa at March 4, 2007 02:32 PM

Happy Birthday to Ringo!

Posted by: Denny at March 4, 2007 08:29 PM

... many happy returns to your young man, Bou!.... he's going to be a charmer for sure!...

Posted by: Eric at March 4, 2007 08:43 PM

Thank you all.

Jerry- Yeah, my goal is for them to be content in their lives and not hit their 15 minutes of fame through COPS!!

SWMBO- I'm not sure how much I'm going to miss 13 to 17, but I do know its different. I think it is Bones I worry the most about going toe to toe with me in those years. But it all goes so quickly and I worry about what is next for me. I told Mo this morning, as nuts as they were making me at that moment, I realized I'm going to miss it.

Roses- He will shower and wash his hair. Bones.. well... that is a fight!

S- Yes, I will try to post it this week. It is a two day event to make.

Sissy- Killer bunnies! Nothing says Happy Birthday like Killer Bunnies!

Posted by: Bou at March 4, 2007 09:57 PM

I was dead set against my kid getting a cellphone too. Maranda got Elderspawn one anyway. I have to admit though, that the pre-paid minutes Tracphone is ok. Cheapest phone is $15 at Walmart, and he's got maybe an hour of minutes so it's cool for emergencies but not for chatting with his buddies...

Posted by: Graumagus at March 5, 2007 02:26 AM

Belated birthday wishes to Ringo. Hope it was great!


Posted by: TxAFbrat at March 5, 2007 10:57 AM

Hope he had a great birthday.

Now then, where do I place an order for the chocolate heaven for my birthday?

Posted by: wRitErsbLock at March 5, 2007 12:58 PM

Happy birthday to your first-born!!

And congrats on surviving 12 years of motherhood, Bou!

Posted by: Marie at March 5, 2007 07:24 PM

Better late than never - Happy Birthday wishes from me as well!

Posted by: Richmond at March 7, 2007 01:46 PM