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And Now You Are Eight



I really hate those Johnson & Johnson commercials, you know, the ones with the baby in the bathtub with the sunlight streaming in the window at justtherightangle. The perfectly coiffed mother sitting there, smiling at her marvelous child. Then the voice over guy says, “Having a baby changes EVERYTHING!” and I roll my eyes, because, well, no SHIT, Sherlock.

Okay, so maybe I’m bitter because I’m not only unshowered, but I am in dire need of a haircut AND a pedicure, and I can never make the bubbles in the tub look quite so…bubbly. Plus, bathing the baby only occurs at night, when the other small one has gone to bed, so no sunlight here, unless it’s just being expelled from my inner sunshine-y nature.

(shut UP)

But bitterness and rancor aside, it’s true: having a baby does change everything.

Because, without Ben, I wouldn’t be here.

I’m not being all dramatical and oh-em-ge, guys, I would have KILLED myself, because that’s really not my style.

(shut UP)

It’s just that there is no life without Ben to think about: I had him at 21, which isn’t *gasp* scandalously young, but it’s young enough to say for certain that we grew up together. Without Ben, there would be no Dave, no blog, no Alex, no Mimi, none of this. *gestures to the room and the world around her*

It’s been a wild ride, for sure, the one that Ben and I have been on together.

Ben has moved 3 times in his young life, he walked me down the aisle at my wedding and stood proudly next to Dave, as his best man. He watched me graduate from school, he’s watched me find my way.

He’s been through a kidnapping and bitter battles between Nat and I. He’s become a big brother twice, taught his siblings the proper names of the planets and learned to (happily!!) change diapers.

He’s overcome speech issues and learned to manage his other compulsions.

We’ve grown up together, Ben and I, and we’ve found our way, where they thought that we were lost. Adrift. But they, they were all wrong. So long as we have each other, we’ll never, ever be lost.

I only hope, child of mine, that one day I can do you as proud as you do me.

Happy, Happy Birthday, Benner. We love you. Without you, we ALL are nothing.


117 Comments to

“And Now You Are Eight”

  1. On August 20th, 2009 at 8:53 am Nancy Says:

    That was beautiful and made me cry. xoxo

  2. On August 20th, 2009 at 9:00 am RJ Flamingo Says:

    Happy Birthday, Ben! You’re only 8 once, so go play in the mud or do something else that’s fun & messy! Mommy won’t get mad – I promise! (Ducks & runs for cover!)

  3. On August 20th, 2009 at 9:02 am Jill Says:

    So not fair!! Stop making me cry!!!

  4. On August 20th, 2009 at 9:16 am Badass Geek Says:

    Happy birthday, kiddo!

  5. On August 20th, 2009 at 9:19 am Melinda Says:

    Happy Birthday Ben!

  6. On August 20th, 2009 at 9:23 am Notesfromthegrove Says:

    Look at how CUTE you both are in that picture!!! And I think it’s ADORABLE that Ben was The Daver’s best man. That is almost cuter than the picture ;o)

  7. On August 20th, 2009 at 9:26 am Sandy Says:

    Happy Birthday Ben! Hope you become a great writer like your mom. Aunt Becky? You look HOT in that picture. The fact that you are only 29 and I am almost a decade older makes me a little pissed. Aren’t there more doddering old mommy bloggers out there? They all seem to be lamenting turning thirty. Sigh.

  8. On August 20th, 2009 at 9:46 am V Says:

    Happy Birthday, Benner! 8 is a cool age!

  9. On August 20th, 2009 at 8:52 am Inna Says:

    Happy Birthday Ben! I’m so glad your mom has a blog that I love to read. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. On August 20th, 2009 at 8:54 am Miss Grace Says:

    Happy birthday to your very sweet boy.

  11. On August 20th, 2009 at 9:54 am Kristina Says:

    DAMNNIT WOMAN. You need to WARN a person before you make them cry at work!!

    Lovely, lovely post.

  12. On August 20th, 2009 at 9:04 am Shannon Says:

    *sniff* That was sooo beautiful. *tear*

    Ok, all better now.

    Happy Birthday Ben!!

  13. On August 20th, 2009 at 9:04 am Mimi Says:

    Happy birthday, Becky’s big boy. ๐Ÿ™‚ And Becks, you are totally calling me with your hotness in that pic.

  14. On August 20th, 2009 at 9:04 am Venti Vixen Says:

    Happy Birthday to Ben! Such a sweet post!

  15. On August 20th, 2009 at 9:06 am Jennifer Says:

    Happy birthday to that little man! How sweet that he’s been with you through all that, the good and bad. Here’s to many many many more!

  16. On August 20th, 2009 at 10:07 am Kristi Stevens Says:

    I love it and couldn’t agree more. Without the two small pieces (well, not so small these days) of my heart that roam the world, I would be nowhere close to where I am now. And that is to say, nowhere at all.

    You are a fantastic mother. Lot’s of people attempt the highwire act called mothering under damned near perfect conditions and FAIL. You’ve done it beautifully with more than your fair share of challenges.

    Bravo. Becky. Bravo.

  17. On August 20th, 2009 at 9:08 am Amanda@LadyScientist Says:

    Happy Birthday, Ben! And many more until you’re One hundred and Four!

  18. On August 20th, 2009 at 9:10 am Marie Says:

    Have a very happy birthday Ben!!

    Mine just turned 9 on Tuesday.

  19. On August 20th, 2009 at 9:12 am Nel Says:

    YAY BEN!!! So cool that he walked you down the aisle. That made me cry like a baby.

  20. On August 20th, 2009 at 9:14 am DG at Diaryofamadbathroom Says:

    Happy Birthday little dude.

    That’s a lot of life in eight short years, for both of you. Here’s to a boring and uneventful next eight. Sometimes boring is good.

  21. On August 20th, 2009 at 10:20 am Heather Says:

    Happy Birthday Ben!! What a sweet post!! Hope it is a great day!!

  22. On August 20th, 2009 at 9:22 am sharon Says:

    so stinkin sweet! happy bday Ben!!!

  23. On August 20th, 2009 at 9:22 am Rory Says:

    Happy birthday Ben!
    That was so beautiful and I started crying at the part where he walked you down the isle. I really shouldn’t do that at work, people look at you funny.

  24. On August 20th, 2009 at 10:23 am moonspun Says:

    Any older sibling who teaches his younger ones the names of planets get a big thumbs up in my book.
    Happy Birthday, Ben!

  25. On August 20th, 2009 at 9:24 am Kyddryn Says:

    Happy birthday, Master Ben, and many happy returns.

    And happy birthday, Aunt Becky, too – you were born into a new life as soon as Ben was. I’m glad you’re here – you help make the Blue Nowhere a better, more interesting place.

    Shade and Sweetwater,

  26. On August 20th, 2009 at 10:25 am Anjali Says:

    This tribute is just too sweet for words. What a lovely, lovely boy.

  27. On August 20th, 2009 at 9:29 am Maria Says:

    Those stoopid commercials make me cry. I hate that. This blog entry made me cry to! Darn you Aunt Becky!

  28. On August 20th, 2009 at 9:30 am a Says:

    Happy Birthday Ben! 8 is a wonderful age – you have no responsibilities other than playing and eating, and maybe school. I want to be 8 again.

    Also, who the hell bathes a baby in the middle of the day?!? The point of the thing is a good dunking to get off some of the food accumulated during the day. There’s no sunshine in our bathtime either (well, unless you count sunset). And I try to keep my bubbles on the washcloth, as my neurotic mother forever associated bubble baths and UTIs for me. Thanks, mom.

  29. On August 20th, 2009 at 10:37 am Ms. Moon Says:

    I’ve always said the same thing- my children saved my life.

  30. On August 20th, 2009 at 9:38 am Ashley Says:

    Happy Birthday, Ben!

    Well written, Becky, I know exactly how you feel. One day you’re living your life alone, and the now you have no idea how the world existed before that precious person came into it. There are no words to describe it to someone who isn’t a mommy.

    And Ben walking you down the aisle and being the Daver’s best man? Cutest thing ever! Caden walked us back down the aisle; as soon as we were pronounced, he ran over and latched onto my leg. It was perfect. ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. On August 20th, 2009 at 10:38 am SciFi Dad Says:

    Happy Birthday Ben!

  32. On August 20th, 2009 at 9:39 am foradifferentkindofgirl (fadkog) Says:

    So, so beautiful. He’s going to grow up to be an amazing man. Yesterday, my boy, who was just 8 about 4 hours ago turned 12. TWELVE!! It’s truly amazing to see how they grow up into even so much more than what we hoped for them, isn’t it?

  33. On August 20th, 2009 at 9:40 am Donna Says:

    Happy Birthday Ben! Loved this post and visualizing Ben walking you down the aisle how precious.

  34. On August 20th, 2009 at 10:41 am Amy @ Binkytowne Says:

    Happy Birthday! I think your children’s birthdays always make you realize just how far they have come and how far you’ve come along with them. Have a beautiful day!

  35. On August 20th, 2009 at 9:43 am Kelly Says:

    Happy birthday to Ben! Nothing like a kids birthday to make a momma all reflecty and stuff. Here’s to be reflecty!

  36. On August 20th, 2009 at 9:43 am Jen Says:

    Out of ALL the posts I have had my eyes gloss over-miscarriages, neurosurgery, death, to named a few, this was by far the best. I don’t even know you personally, but I admire the hell out of you, just from that one post.

  37. On August 20th, 2009 at 10:49 am Chibi Jeebs Says:

    Happy birthday, Ben! <3

  38. On August 20th, 2009 at 9:53 am Kristin Says:

    What a beautiful letter. Happy Birthday Ben and thanks for sharing your mom with us.

  39. On August 20th, 2009 at 10:58 am charmedgirl Says:

    that’s beautiful. really.

  40. On August 20th, 2009 at 11:06 am Potty Mouth Mommy Says:

    gawd it sure goes by fast don’t it??

    Happiest of Birthdays to you Ben!!! Hope the next 8 go great!!

  41. On August 20th, 2009 at 11:13 am Minnie Says:

    Happy Birthday Handsome!

  42. On August 20th, 2009 at 10:14 am Mwa Says:

    Happy Birthday, Ben!

    That was a very touching post.

  43. On August 20th, 2009 at 10:15 am nic @mybottlesup Says:

    happy birthday ben!!!

    (becky- fuck you for making me cry imagining ben walking you down the aisle.)

  44. On August 20th, 2009 at 10:16 am COURTENAY Says:

    OK, AUNT BECKI, I said I dont cry at birthdays, but you TOTALLY made me cry. AT WORK. Not cool, yo.

    HAPPY HAPPY little man ๐Ÿ™‚ You are blessed with a wonderful mommy.

  45. On August 20th, 2009 at 10:19 am COURTENAY Says:

    BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! I just niticed : Because Mommy wants cocaine was already taken” I think I have read where you said that before, but….hahaha. that totally made up for making me cry. I heart you.

  46. On August 20th, 2009 at 10:22 am leanne Says:

    I’m not going to cry dammit. Seriously. Not. Going. To. Cry.

    *reaching for the kleenex box*

    Beautiful tribute to your son. Happy Birthday, Ben!!

  47. On August 20th, 2009 at 10:27 am Kat Says:

    As someone who is turning the big 3-0 today “HAPPY BIRTHDAY Ben!!”
    Leo’s rock. Just keep that passion for life and always remember mom is there for you no matter what.

  48. On August 20th, 2009 at 11:31 am Kate Says:

    I so did not expect to get all teary-eyed when I came here.

    Thanks a lot. LOL

    Happy Birthday, Ben!!! You & your mom are a match made in heaven!

  49. On August 20th, 2009 at 10:43 am Sunny Says:

    That is so beautiful. Happy birthday Ben!

  50. On August 20th, 2009 at 10:44 am Lindsey Says:

    Ummmm, Aunt Becky? You are supposed to make me laugh, not cry! What a great letter. Ben is as lucky to have you as you are to have him!

  51. On August 20th, 2009 at 10:49 am amy d Says:

    You rock Ben! Have a great day buddy:)

  52. On August 20th, 2009 at 10:51 am Kathleen Says:

    That was a lovely post. Happy Birthday to your son and Happy Anniversary of your becoming a Mommy!

  53. On August 20th, 2009 at 10:55 am Jenn Says:

    1. I love that photo at the top.
    2. The one at the bottom is super adorable too.
    3. I also hate those commercials.
    4. That is TOO cute that Ben was Dave’s best man.
    5. AWESOME that he changes diapers.

  54. On August 20th, 2009 at 10:57 am Bluebird Says:

    Oh I *love* this post. What an amazing little boy. And, of course, an amazing mom, too ๐Ÿ™‚

    Happy Birthday Ben!

  55. On August 20th, 2009 at 11:01 am Margaret Says:

    Awwww, such a big boy! Happy Birthday B!

  56. On August 20th, 2009 at 12:01 pm jenni/mom2nji Says:

    Damn it Becky, now I am all sniffy and snotty and dh is looking at me like I am a spazz. Happy Birthday Ben! And seriously that wedding picture is beautiful.

  57. On August 20th, 2009 at 11:13 am daisybv2 Says:

    Happy Birthday Ben! Hope you have a great day~

    I think it is adorable that he walked you down the aisle at your wedding!

    The post was adorable and I had my first at 21 as well and hope to have my last when she is 8 like Ben so that she can change diapers

  58. On August 20th, 2009 at 11:22 am JJ Says:

    Happpppppy Birthday Ben!

  59. On August 20th, 2009 at 11:22 am Rebecca Says:

    I noticed the rope and sash, you must have graduated with honors and in the top of your class. I didn’t work hard enough to get a nice number of ropes to dangle around my neck, that’s why I avoided college graduation…plus there were so many at my graduation they had to have it at the arena which holds 30,000 people. Too crowded, had to avoid it!

    This part made me think of something…”……..unless itรขโ‚ฌโ„ขs just being expelled from my inner sunshine-y nature.”
    Sooo, if you’re feeling a little too happy, a bit too often there is help for that. Help for being too happy is just a click away.

    Of course, here is help for your baby. Read on…

  60. On August 20th, 2009 at 11:44 am Your Aunt Becky Says:

    I DID graduate with some form of honors. I mixed up which is which, but it doesn’t matter much to me.

  61. On August 20th, 2009 at 11:29 am Beautiful Mess Says:

    Happy birthday Ben! And happy GIVE birth-day to you, Becky!

  62. On August 20th, 2009 at 11:35 am Regina Says:

    First, Happy Birthday Ben!

    Second, Becki, I too had a child at 21, which I now realize is WAY too early. You do grow up with them. My daughter, who is now 26, and the mother of a two year old, tells me she now understands and appreciates me like she never did when she was younger. I felt the same way about my mom. Best of luck as you continue this difficult and important job.

  63. On August 20th, 2009 at 11:38 am Kristen Says:

    So beautiful darling Becky. Happy Birthday Ben!

  64. On August 20th, 2009 at 11:49 am Barbara Says:

    I’m gonna be cheesy here….but your words kinda reminded me of the theme to Growing Pains…..which seems to be your problem today…..the pains of watching your baby grow up….
    Show me that smile again
    Oh, show me that smile
    Dont waste another minute on your cryin
    We’re nowhere near the end
    We’re nowhere near
    The best is ready to begin

    All in a cloudy daze
    I look into your eyes and see them shining out
    Holding you close this way
    Holding you this way
    Is like having summer everyday
    Ooh, ooh

    As long as we got each other
    We got the world spinnin right in our hands
    Baby, you and me
    We gotta be
    The luckiest dreamers who never quit dreamin

    As long as we keep on givin
    We can take anything that comes our way
    Baby, rain or shine
    All the time
    We got each other
    Sharin the laughter and love

  65. On August 20th, 2009 at 11:51 am Mrs Soup Says:

    Happy Birthday Ben! You are amazing and have an incredible mommy. Hope your day is fabulous.

  66. On August 20th, 2009 at 12:06 pm Gforbes Says:

    Happy Birthday Ben!

  67. On August 20th, 2009 at 12:09 pm The Mommy Says:

    He was the Daver’s best man? *sniffles* I LOVE that!

    Happy Birthday, Ben!

  68. On August 20th, 2009 at 12:09 pm Ed Says:

    THAT’s the level of bond parents and children around the world should strive for. THAT’s how important it is. Good on ya for recognizing it, not to mention celebrating it. And happy birthday Ben.

  69. On August 20th, 2009 at 12:19 pm Tara Says:

    Happy Birthday Ben and congrats to you mama for bringing up such and handsome and wonderful man!

  70. On August 20th, 2009 at 1:39 pm heather Says:

    Happy Birthday, Ben!

  71. On August 20th, 2009 at 12:51 pm IrasciblePlatypus Says:

    Happy birthday to you, Ben. I hope that every day of your life is better than the one before, and that the world remains a place of wonder and joy for you for the rest of your life.

  72. On August 20th, 2009 at 1:01 pm kalakly Says:

    Happy Birthday Ben!!!! And what a great pic of you and your beautiful, sunshiny Mom:)

  73. On August 20th, 2009 at 1:07 pm Evil Twin's Wife Says:

    Happy Birthday, Ben! 8 is a great age!

  74. On August 20th, 2009 at 1:16 pm Kelly Says:

    Aww, so sweet! Happy Birthday Ben!!!

  75. On August 20th, 2009 at 1:19 pm Kelly Says:

    P.S. I LOVE those Johnson & Johnson commercials (don’t shoot me). I also love the State Farm “backseat driver” commercial, and the Hallmark Christmas Card baby (you know the “say ‘Merry Christmas'” one!)commercial. I will add, I don’t have any kids yet lol…which is probably why I can still daydream about those commercials being reality.

  76. On August 20th, 2009 at 1:20 pm Catootes Says:

    That’s a wonderful sentiment. Happy Birthday Ben.
    You’re Mom a pretty sharp lady.

  77. On August 20th, 2009 at 1:34 pm tiddlyompompom Says:

    you made me cry! I hope Ben has an amazing birthday.

  78. On August 20th, 2009 at 1:35 pm baseballmom Says:

    awww, so handsome! happy birthday Ben!!! and you too, mama.

  79. On August 20th, 2009 at 1:38 pm Amy Says:

    He was Daver’s best man?? That’s too cute and awesome for words! (Have you posted the story of how you met Daver yet? I’m really curious right now)
    I can’t imagine having a kid at 21 I”m 23 now…


  80. On August 20th, 2009 at 1:38 pm Ginger Magnolia Says:

    Happy birthday, Mr. 8-year-old Ben!

  81. On August 20th, 2009 at 1:42 pm Painted Maypole Says:

    that made me cry more than any Johnson and Johnson commercial

  82. On August 20th, 2009 at 1:44 pm Suzy Voices Says:

    Happy Birthday Ben!! You’ve got an awesome mom!

    And I LOVE that commerical where the baby is in the sink, and it says something like “I never knew the love of my life would be short, fat and bald.” Makes me cry.

  83. On August 20th, 2009 at 2:22 pm Katie Says:

    Happy Birthday, Ben!!

    I adore the picture of him walking you down the aisle. Love it.

  84. On August 20th, 2009 at 3:15 pm mumma boo Says:

    Happy Birthday, Ben! (Beautiful post, Becky. Hugs to both of you.)

  85. On August 20th, 2009 at 3:22 pm Krissa Says:

    Oh, that was soooo sweet! Not fair! I wish mine were 8 again!

  86. On August 20th, 2009 at 4:32 pm Susan Says:

    Happy Birthday, Ben. And thank you. I’m seewious. Ha!

  87. On August 20th, 2009 at 4:20 pm Coco Says:

    Aw, babe. What a sweet, sweet birthday post for your big kid.

    Also, how much do I love the picture of the three of you walking down the aisle at the wedding? Answer – more than I love my Vibra-Bra. Which is a LOT.

  88. On August 20th, 2009 at 4:40 pm Alicia Says:

    Happy birthday to the little Benner!

    And wait. He changes diapers?! I had no idea this was possible. My 8-year-old is almost a whole four months older than your 8-year-old. I HAVE WASTED AT LEAST FOUR MONTHS CHANGING DIAPERS I COULD HAVE PAWNED OFF ON THE BIG BROTHER.

  89. On August 20th, 2009 at 4:44 pm Deborah Schuff Says:

    Happy, happy birthday, Ben! You are an amazing person who is much loved by your family and friends. May all your dreams come true! deb

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  91. On August 20th, 2009 at 6:09 pm modernmommablog Says:

    Happy Birthday, Ben! What a touching post.

  92. On August 20th, 2009 at 5:10 pm Sue Says:

    That was just wonderful, Becky, really. Just wonderful. Thank you for sharing it.

  93. On August 20th, 2009 at 6:54 pm Lori in Denver Says:

    Happy birthday, Benner. Your mama’s a good ‘un. As are you.

  94. On August 20th, 2009 at 7:22 pm Sarah Says:

    What a briliant gift you were given on his birthday! I fully understand the weight of the desire you have to give him ANYthing that even approaches what he has given you. Hope you had a tremendous day together!

    And … randomly… my son’s nickname for me is your nickname for Amelia. He’s been calling me Mimi since he could talk, in addition to Mom, and when he’s feeling particularly squishy. TOO adorable, on his part.

  95. On August 20th, 2009 at 8:17 pm magpie Says:

    I love that wedding picture. And the other one too, but especially the wedding.

    Good boy you have there. Happy birthday.

  96. On August 20th, 2009 at 7:51 pm Holli Says:

    Happy Birthday Buddy.

  97. On August 20th, 2009 at 9:06 pm Employee No. 3699 Says:

    A big Happy Birthday to your Little Man, Ben!

  98. On August 20th, 2009 at 8:08 pm Lippy Says:

    Happy Birthday Ben! I love the wedding picture. Hope Ben has the best day.

  99. On August 20th, 2009 at 8:16 pm Manda Says:

    Thanks so much for your comments and encouragement.

    I read this post earlier today, but I couldn’t think of a comment that adequately reflected how touching it was to me.

    Every day I worry that it will always be this horrible and lonely and frustrating. And then I read your blog. And I don’t feel so bad.

    So thanks for that, too.

  100. On August 20th, 2009 at 8:18 pm Carlynn Says:

    What a beautiful wedding photo, I just love it. Happy birthday to Ben, what a lovely post. I wish I had had a baby at 21.

  101. On August 20th, 2009 at 9:27 pm Emily R Says:

    happy birthday!

  102. On August 20th, 2009 at 10:17 pm GingerB Says:

    Well done Ben, and well done mom of Ben.

  103. On August 20th, 2009 at 11:41 pm Swirl Girl Says:

    What a sweet post!
    Happy Birthday Ben!

  104. On August 21st, 2009 at 1:00 am Tawnia Says:

    I have a similar situation to you. I have an eight year old daughter. Her Father and I spent a year batteling it out in court. It was awful, restraining orders, no phone calls, it was like I lost my heart. I understand what it means to think you might lose the only thing in your life that gave it any meaning. I applaud you for making it through, and coming out better. I am now re-married with a two year old and a degree I never use lol ๐Ÿ™‚ I look back and wonder how I made it. It’s nice to hear your story. Thanks for sharing your life.

  105. On August 21st, 2009 at 12:54 am happybirthday!! Says:

    When I was little, everyone always asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I always answered, “A Mommy.” I said it with the same certainty you declare that you want to be an astronaut. (or hooker, a lawyer, wear a mullet, whatever)

    Fertility Specialists said I was “Unlikely to ever conceive”

    My Mom always wants me to send them a Christmas Card of the hubby & I with our 2 boys. :o)

    (course, I’d just tell them to ‘suck it’, and really – that’s not very Christmasy)

    It is everything I hoped it would be and more. I am breathless everyday at the weirdo things they both do. So funny, and sweet, and charming.

    I can’t imagine the woman I would be without them. I was so lost. They just centered me. Like an anchor. What joys they both are!!

    And that sunshine your looking for? Coming outta my but. :o)

    You really made me smile today. :o) Thanks.

  106. On August 21st, 2009 at 1:01 am Betty M Says:

    Happy Birthday Ben!

  107. On August 21st, 2009 at 2:04 am habanerogal Says:

    Happy birthday Ben even though technically it is the day after now but like your mom I enjoy commenting on people’s blogs in the middle of the night.

  108. On August 21st, 2009 at 5:48 am SCY Says:

    I don’t cry easy Becks, but this one – made me sniffle quite a bit.

    Happy Birthday to your big boy!


  109. On August 21st, 2009 at 5:59 am Mommy on the Spot Says:

    First, I love your blog! I have been reading it for a few weeks now, but this is the first time I have commented. I love how you paint a real picture of how a child changes your life. Yes, they change everything, but they have a way of changing the mother as a person forever. It is nothing a comercial for baby soap can every communicate, that’s for sure.

  110. On August 21st, 2009 at 8:27 am Dot Says:

    Aww, that’s sweet!

  111. On August 21st, 2009 at 9:08 am stacey@Havoc&Mayhem Says:

    Happy Birthday to Ben!

  112. On August 21st, 2009 at 4:28 pm Lola Says:

    Aww!!!! Thanks for making me cry, which is making my migraine worse. Happy birthday, Ben!!

  113. On August 22nd, 2009 at 3:28 pm docgrumbles Says:


    Thank you. Just, thank you.

  114. On August 22nd, 2009 at 8:19 pm Michelle Says:

    OK, so I am a few days late on this, but it just melted my heart. I have similar feelings of being saved by my oldest as well (for reasons WAY to complicated to get into here!) so it really brought a tear to my eye. Hope his day was awesome!

    According to Ben, it was “the best day ever.” Thank you for your good wishes. Ben rules.

  115. On August 25th, 2009 at 11:22 am Kellie Says:

    I come onto this blog for my daily chuckle, as you seem to be my slightly more sarcastic twin. But today’s post made me cry! It was just beautiful, as was the picture from your wedding. Resume your quirky, sarcastic posts and stop making us all cry and wonder who took over your blog for the day ๐Ÿ™‚

  116. On August 26th, 2009 at 4:24 pm Kendra Says:

    Happy birthday, Ben! That was just beautiful.

  117. On August 27th, 2009 at 8:19 pm Sarah Says:

    I can so relate: I’m also unshowered and in need of a haircut and pedicure! I love motherhood! *twirls in a spinny dress*

    Bwahahaha! I love your twirling! Seriously, good shit, man.

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