November 8, 2002, our Johnathan Mitchell was born. Our "middle" child, the one we waited for, our baldest baby & curly white haired toddler. He is a calm character who sees the world as only Johnathan can. I can hardly believe it's been eleven years!
The one we waited for. When I wrote that, I was referring to the fact that Johnathan was the pregnancy that we had to wait for. He arrived just one week shy of his older twin brothers' fifth birthday. We had hoped & intended for a little less than a five years gap, but eventually we got Johnathan & it was all good.
I guess it could be interpreted that we waited for him those final weeks of pregnancy, too. I went into labor & delivered Mason & Eric at 33 weeks. My mom & sister delivered all of their children at the 37-38 wk range, the nice, early side of what is considered full term. I was told to expect the same. Johnathan hit that full term finish line & kept going. I was finally admitted at the hospital to have labor induced at 41 weeks. (Lilly came at 41 weeks + 2 days, though - so Johnathan was certainly not the only one we waited for in this sense!)
With each of our deliveries being unique, Johnathan's (being induced) could also be summed up as the one we waited for. We went to the hospital, and waited all day for something to happen. With others, we were lucky to make it to the hospital at all!
He was born just after 6:00 in the evening. A gray November day. With all the hustle & bustle & extra staff that were in the delivery room with twins, I was amazed at the intimate privacy, peace & quiet when Johnathan was born. It was entirely different and wonderful.
And he has been wonderful.
I read about Johnathan at 10 years, and not a lot has changed in the past year.
Except that he's a 5th grader now, he became a fish in water this past summer, and we've noticed he's had a much bigger appetite at mealtimes in recent months.
We celebrated his 11th birthday yesterday by having a small group of friends over after school.
celebrations tend to get cooped up in the house
during this cold, dark, in-between time of year. It snowed yesterday & things got slick. No longer
kickball & campfire weather (Johnathan's favorite).. not yet
sledding or snow activity weather either.
In past years, Johnathan has felt like he should invite all of his friends, and it has been entirely crazy.
He's a calm guy, it was just a little too much. So this year he chose just to have his very closest friends. It was still noisy & wild, but it was the easiest birthday we've ever had. A good day!