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And Now You Are Four.


Dear Alex,

I took a pregnancy test – the only positive one I’d seen since getting knocked up with your biggest brother – while drinking vodka and smoking a cigarette. I was so certain I was doomed to another month of negative tests, and the test was simply a way of dashing any lingering hopes for that cycle.

When the digital test read the elusive, “PREGNANT,” I’d been chasing, I looked at myself in the mirror and said, “No fucking way.” I simply couldn’t believe that I’d actually managed it. I was finally knocked up.

After getting knocked up while on the pill, I figured another pregnancy was a Sure Thing, and frankly, from the moment I met your brother, I decided that he needed siblings (although not by his father).

When your father proposed to me I said, “Can’t we have some more babies instead?”

(I’m not much of a romantic)

Your dad insisted that no, in fact, we could not just pop out more kids, so he dragged me down that aisle in a while dress, slung a ring on my finger and made me an “honest woman.” I kept my eyes on the prize (more babies!) while month-after-month of negative pregnancy tests taunted me.

By the time I took that one positive test, I’d given up hope of conceiving without outside help. But there you were.

I quickly snuffed out my cigarette and dumped out the vodka I’d been drinking. I was a PREGNANT LADY now.

The nine months that followed were some of the most excruciating I’d had. I barfed until I had nothing left to barf and still I got fat. My ribs spread. I looked like Grimace (but less purple).

By the time March 30, 2007 rolled around, I was four centimeters dialed, and beyond ready to remove you from my body cavity. By force, if necessary. I’d told my doctor that I was going to induce labor in the back of a car – (and I would have) so that I could get you the hell out.

I waddled in to the hospital and a couple of hours later – and a mere three pushes – there you were.

You promptly whizzed all over your father, something I considered appropriate since he’d “had a headache” and slept through your entire labor. The nurse said that you looked like an angel. I thought you looked like a cross between a garden gnome and Elmer Fudd.


I didn’t care.

(I think I yelled “NORD-BERG” after you were born, as a joke.)

What I’d wanted, prayed for my entire pregnancy was to have a child that liked me. Years of being rejected by your older brother had left me feeling pretty shitty about myself, and this time; this time I wanted a baby who loved me.

You know the saying, “be careful what you wish for?” Because that’s exactly what I got. A child that liked me best. A child that liked me so much, in fact, that I couldn’t put him down. Ever.


For a full year, you only had eyes for me. I nursed you while walking through Target, I nursed you to sleep, I got up with you every two hours to nurse you more. You nursed 18 hours a day. Sleep-deprivation took on a whole new meaning.


God forbid anyone attempt to give me respite. It was Alex’s way or the highway. And all roads lead to Mama.

Mama got you back.


At four now, you’re still a Mama’s Boy, under duress you’ve learned to like others as well.

I’ve never met anyone quite like you before, Alex. You bring a whole new meaning to the word, “intense,” because you are so very intense. But that intensity has a streak of sweetness a mile wide, which is how we find your severely passionate quirks charming rather than difficult.

Child of mine, you march to the beat of your own drummer, the kind of drummer who doesn’t give a flying fuck what other people think of them. You wear your cupcake shirt with joyful pride, fluttering around in your Flutter-Bye costume (which is always worn, of course, for all holidays), and I’m certain if anyone questioned it, you’d just give them the hairy eyeball.


You like it, therefore everyone else should, too. If they don’t? Fuck ’em.

That’s an admirable quality, Alex. Don’t lose that.


Sometimes, I wish I’d been blessed with an imagination as vivid as yours. Your Playmobil Guys go on many adventures, sliding down slides, robbing banks, and other assorted escapades while the rest of us simply watch, stunned. I’ve never been creative like that.


Like your brother before you, The Planets are everything. You mapped out your next Halloween Costume (Saturn) immediately upon returning home from Trick-or-Treating. I’m forever tripping over mini-solar systems you’ve set up around the house, only to be scolded, “Mom, you RUINED NEPTUNE.”

Sorry, kidlet.


Your sweet streak, well, it knows no bounds. Your preschool teacher is forever praising your behavior with your sister. You treat her with kindness, dignity and respect. You look out for her, gently leading her around and taking care of her. As well you should. Your teacher has never seen anything like it.


I know it won’t always be this way between you three, but I do know this: you three have each other, and someday that will matter. Never stop caring about your siblings. They’re your best allies and someday, I know they’ll repay the favor. Your sister, especially, will kick anyone’s ass for you if need be. I know this because she is like me.


We’ve had a rocky couple of years, you and me, but in the end, we’re better for it.

Remember when things go to shit – even when they’re at their worst – you’ll find inner strength that otherwise, you’d never know you had. In the end (and there is always an end), it’ll all be worth it. Somehow. You may not know precisely why you had to walk through bullshit until much later. When you do, it’ll all make sense.

I’m honored to know you and I’m honored to call you my son. You’ve given me redemption and love at a time when I needed it most. I cannot repay that debt to you. But I will try. You deserve that and so, so much more.


Love Always,


P.S. A Saturn Costume? You sure you don’t want to be a pirate or something?


79 Comments to

“And Now You Are Four.”

  1. On March 30th, 2011 at 10:45 am the mrs Says:

    Happy Birthday, Alex! Hope Neptune recovered. Also, I hope you get to wear another purple tutu real soon, because that was bad ass.

  2. On March 30th, 2011 at 10:46 am Jana A Says:

    Dammit. Made me cry. Love you and that precious little Flutter-Bye boy. Happy birthday, Alex!

  3. On March 30th, 2011 at 10:46 am Lauren Elyse Says:

    I wish I had thought of being Saturn for Halloween. Now I am questioning all of my costume choices.

  4. On March 30th, 2011 at 10:46 am Meg Says:

    Very sweet!
    Have you pointed out that if he is Saturn the rings might get in the way of holding the loot bag, i mean the trick-or-treat bag?

  5. On March 30th, 2011 at 10:49 am Hannah @ Peggy Ann Design Says:

    happy birthday little dude!!
    i loved this post! you are such a bad ass mom.

  6. On March 30th, 2011 at 10:49 am Bethany Says:

    Happy Birthday to Alex! I have to say, I loved this post and someday he will be so thankful that you did this! 🙂

  7. On March 30th, 2011 at 10:50 am Rancher Mom Says:

    The picture of him in the flutter-by costume is the sweetest thing ever!
    What a great post, it made me completely tear up. Happy birthday Alex!!

  8. On March 30th, 2011 at 10:51 am pattypunker Says:

    oh emm gee! he has your beautiful big brown eyes like nobody’s business.

    may all of his dreams come true!

  9. On March 30th, 2011 at 10:53 am Becky Mochaface Says:

    Happy birthday Alex! Be a Flutter-Bye. Be Saturn. Because they’re both Alex.

  10. On March 30th, 2011 at 10:55 am Kristin (MamaKK922) Says:

    You made me cry too. I’m sobbing here, that was so beautiful. Happy birthday Flutter-bye Boy! Don’t EVER let ANYONE change you! You are perfect just the way you are!

  11. On March 30th, 2011 at 11:00 am Lynn MacDonald (All Fooked Up) Says:

    Man i wish i had a blog when my babies were little. Having said that, cuz i didn’t, this was awesome and beautiful and it kinda made me wish i still had little kids so i could remember some nice shit to say about my children.

    Hmmm…that’s pretty much it. I’m still waiting for that phone call on my brilliant idea BTW

  12. On March 30th, 2011 at 11:04 am Geralyn Broder Murray Says:

    Love this. Happy birthday Alex. You so remind me of my sweet Finn – your comrade in four…

  13. On March 30th, 2011 at 11:14 am Ms Dreamer Says:

    Happy birthday, Alex. Keep rockin the flutterby wings. I do.

  14. On March 30th, 2011 at 11:14 am AmberLaShell Says:

    Awww, that was so sweet. He is a cutie!

  15. On March 30th, 2011 at 11:14 am amy d Says:

    YAY!! ALex pics! That third pic is just stunning!!! Alex sounds like a kid I’d want to have over to play with my kid. Play date? 😉

    Happy birthday sweet Alex.

  16. On March 30th, 2011 at 11:17 am Lady Estrogen Says:

    Awe, that was f’in fantastic – lovely.
    LOVE the costumes!

  17. On March 30th, 2011 at 11:19 am Katie Says:

    well shit. now I am all crying at work.

    they grow up? why did no one tell me this?

    And holy moly does he have your eyes…right from the start.

    sigh…happy birthday, alex.

    and happy BIRTH day, momma.

  18. On March 30th, 2011 at 11:22 am Aimee Says:

    God. He is seriously the cutest little man EVER. Those eyes. That hair. Those sweet cheeks.

    He is exactly what you wanted and needed. He saved you.

  19. On March 30th, 2011 at 11:27 am John Says:

    Awwww – so sweet. I pray that my kids are secure enough in themselves to wear a flutter-bye costume as proudly as your little boy 🙂

  20. On March 30th, 2011 at 11:29 am Chris in PHX Says:

    Happy Birfday Alex!!
    You have made some very cool kids Aunt Becky

  21. On March 30th, 2011 at 11:39 am Andie Says:

    Okay I cried, especially at the picture of all three of them. Damn yobot tears. Happy Birthday!

  22. On March 30th, 2011 at 11:44 am stacey@Havoc&Mayhem Says:

    Happy Birthday Alex!

  23. On March 30th, 2011 at 11:57 am Penbleth Says:

    Happy birthday Alex, I hope you have just the most wonderful day.

  24. On March 30th, 2011 at 12:03 pm Kathy Miranda, Chandler, AZ Says:

    Well, there goes my mascara – at work even (shhhhh). What a beautiful, loving tribute. Happy Birthday beautiful boy!

  25. On March 30th, 2011 at 12:05 pm Pam Says:

    Sniff, sniff…that was so..sniff..sweet! You brought…sniff…tears to my eyes! And a chuckle too, let’s not forget the chuckles. What a beautiful post!

  26. On March 30th, 2011 at 12:15 pm @GeekShui Says:

    Your post made me laugh and would have brought a tear to my eye if I weren’t such a manly man. Alright, I admit it did bring a tear to my eye…but just one. Seriously, your sentiments echo my own experiences as a father of two young boys. They can upset you more than any other person on the planet. They can push buttons you didn’t even know you had. Above it all, though, they’re your co-creation and represent all that is pure and good in the world. Your post and my feelings bring to mind a quote from Murder in the City by The Avett Brothers, which I repeat to my 8 year old son often and will likely do the same when his 9 month old brother is old enough: “Always remember there is nothing worth sharing like the love that let us share our name.”

  27. On March 30th, 2011 at 12:21 pm JennyBean Says:

    There’s a lot of cuteness there!

  28. On March 30th, 2011 at 12:22 pm Losing Brownies Says:

    Happy Birthday, Alex!!

  29. On March 30th, 2011 at 12:28 pm Andy Says:

    What a beautiful tribute to an awesome kid! Happy Birthday Alex!

  30. On March 30th, 2011 at 12:28 pm Nancy P Says:

    Happy Birthday Alex!

    Dear Auny Becky, why you make me cry all the time? 🙂

  31. On March 30th, 2011 at 12:52 pm statia Says:

    Happy Birthday Alex. You fucking rock those fairy wings.

  32. On March 30th, 2011 at 1:00 pm Snarky Mommy Says:

    Happy birthday! The picture of the three of them is so sweet. Congrats on making it to four, yourself, momma. I consider it a victory each year no one suffers great bodily harm around my house.

  33. On March 30th, 2011 at 1:02 pm Varda (SquashedMom) Says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ALEX! You are the awesomest! And what a lovely relationship you have with your brother and sister. Which reminds me… Aunt Becky – did you see my email asking you to write a guest post for my Special Needs Sibling Saturdays series? Would love to have you. Let’s talk.

  34. On March 30th, 2011 at 1:07 pm Jolie Says:

    Whoa. Any boy that can rock a sailor suit, a vest, a hot dog costume, AND flutter wings – can totally rule the night in a saturn costume! Happy birthday to Alex, congrats on a wonderful little boy! 🙂

  35. On March 30th, 2011 at 1:12 pm leanne Says:

    Happy Birthday, Alex!

  36. On March 30th, 2011 at 1:33 pm Colie Says:

    Happy birthday to your sweet boy!

    I’m at work reading this while slacking off and ordering some nifty “Cancer is Bullshit” shirts for me and my sisters and now I’m crying. People are gonna start to look at me weird(er).

    You are an incredible writer Aunt Becky and your children are so lucky to have your love for them documented this way.

  37. On March 30th, 2011 at 7:37 pm Your Aunt Becky Says:

    *blushes* Thank you. I didn’t want to make you CRY.

    (cancer is TOTAL bullshit)

  38. On March 30th, 2011 at 1:46 pm Katya Says:

    HUGS to the beautiful Mama who sees such wonderfulness in her kids! I already *heart* Alex and his FuckAllToTheWorld Attitude!

    And you tell him, that until Mimi’s old enough to do some ass-kicking for him, the Pranksters have his (and both his siblings’) back!

    I am, as always, in awe of you, Aunt Becky… you are a true model of authenticity, openness, honesty, and loving fucking fiercely!

    Love love love you!!!!!

    PS It’s my brother’s 29th bday today. But he’s not as interesting as Alex… HUGS

  39. On March 30th, 2011 at 1:57 pm Lis0r Says:

    Happy birthday, little man!

    And mama, you have inspired me. When I begin to spawn I will also write letters to my kids. I hope they will be as beautiful and thoughtful as yours are!

  40. On March 30th, 2011 at 1:57 pm Suzali Says:

    You did more then great with your kiddies! And I am so glad you just let him be well, himself and are not trying to strong-arm him into being a typical little boy! And you are right to teach them to love and respect each other – my twin boys are 6 months old and every day I tell them the same thing ( not that they understand, but still ;)You are every kind of awesome and your kids are lucky to have you. ( OK and The Daver ) Oh and “Be careful what you wish for” was always my motto ( especially after “oh I want to fall in love” and then he turns out to be the world class arsehole… so now I get a bit more specific ;)if you know what I mean… Anyway, thank you for sharing this with us!!!

  41. On March 30th, 2011 at 2:03 pm ChiMomWriter Says:

    Makeup = ruined. You don’t know how much effort it took to get this makeup on today, too, dammit.

    Fabulous letter to your little man. Happy birthday, Alex!

  42. On March 30th, 2011 at 2:05 pm MamaRobinJ Says:

    I love him. The cupcake shirt and tutu clinched it. He sounds like such an amazing child! Happy birthday to him 🙂

    PS You’re dumb. You are too creative. Duh.

  43. On March 30th, 2011 at 2:19 pm Lianne Marie Binks Says:

    Damnit stop making me cry!!!

  44. On March 30th, 2011 at 2:19 pm angela baran Says:

    *tear* love it. beautiful

  45. On March 30th, 2011 at 2:23 pm Joules Says:

    Happy birthday, kiddo! You are way cuter than that garden gnome from Amelie, even than the one from all those commercials. PS, my son likes to dress like a princess which I think is super rad. Rock that Flutter Bye! PPS, your mom rules:)

  46. On March 30th, 2011 at 2:45 pm Sara @ Life with the Two Says:

    Happy Birthday to the CUTEST flutter bye I’ve ever seen! Rock on, Alex. Rock on.

  47. On March 30th, 2011 at 3:12 pm Sue J. Says:

    Awesome, Becky. Awesome.

  48. On March 30th, 2011 at 3:29 pm Amelia Says:


  49. On March 30th, 2011 at 3:30 pm Kelly Says:

    I think Alex and Mea should get married. Then we could be mother’s in law’s together. Happy Birthday to Mr. Saturn.

  50. On March 30th, 2011 at 3:36 pm badbadwebbis Says:

    Titling your post ‘And now you are four’ followed by a statement about a pregnancy test made me think that you were pregnant again (you know, now there are 4 children…).

    Although I should have realized that you wouldn’t have informed just Alex via a blog that he doesn’t even read, so I am just dumb.

  51. On March 30th, 2011 at 3:59 pm Siera Says:

    Happy Birthday Alex! They grow so quick. 3 years ago today I was in my first day of labor with my son.

  52. On March 30th, 2011 at 3:59 pm Melissa Says:

    I love when you write to your children. Such love. Happy Birthday Alex!

  53. On March 30th, 2011 at 5:01 pm KaraB Says:

    That was a beautiful tribute to Alex! Happy Birthday little man!!

  54. On March 30th, 2011 at 6:13 pm Chibi Jeebs Says:

    Happy birthday, Alex the Awesome! <3

    P.S. Beautiful post, you tear-inducing whore mouth. <3 <3 <3

  55. On March 30th, 2011 at 6:58 pm a Says:

    Happy Birthday Alex!

  56. On March 30th, 2011 at 7:05 pm Leighann Says:

    happy birthday Alex!
    What a beautiful present!
    The pictures are stunning!

  57. On March 30th, 2011 at 7:06 pm SciFi Dad Says:

    Aww… Happy Birthday, Alex!

  58. On March 30th, 2011 at 7:17 pm Mommy Boots Says:

    Best birthday letter ever. Your boy is beautiful. Happy womb-escaping anniversary to him.

  59. On March 31st, 2011 at 9:07 am Your Aunt Becky Says:

    Pretty sure he’d crawl back up there many days. Damn kids.

  60. On March 30th, 2011 at 7:40 pm Kadye Says:

    Happy birthday little dude!

  61. On March 30th, 2011 at 8:00 pm Sandy Says:

    Happy Birthday Alex! Good luck with Saturn 😉

  62. On March 30th, 2011 at 8:11 pm Neeroc Says:

    Happy Birthday little dude!

  63. On March 30th, 2011 at 9:00 pm andygirl Says:

    Happy Birthday, Alex!

  64. On March 30th, 2011 at 10:32 pm mumma boo Says:

    Happy Birthday, Alex! You’ve got some serious cuteness going on there!

  65. On March 30th, 2011 at 11:00 pm katrina Says:

    What a beautiful letter!! Happiest of Birthdays to little Alex, soon to be Saturn-boy!!

  66. On March 30th, 2011 at 11:41 pm Heather Says:

    Happy Birthday sweet boy! God Bless!

  67. On March 31st, 2011 at 12:58 am Kristin Says:

    Happy Happy Birthday Sweet Alex!

    Becky, damn you for making me tear up and for making it impossible for any birthday letter I try and write to measure up. I don’t think you know just how incredible a writer you are.

  68. On March 31st, 2011 at 9:06 am Your Aunt Becky Says:

    You made me blush. BITCH 🙂

    I love you.

  69. On March 31st, 2011 at 8:16 am Tina Says:


    and stop making me cry, Aunt Becky!!! Sweet baby Jeebus, I feel like I’m pms’ing or something because every blog I’ve read lately has been about kiddos…and I’m in full blown want-another-kiddo-but-can’t-have-one mode just from reading about and looking at all the adorable faces!! I even tried to “cure” myself by checking out and it didn’t work!! Even covered in shaving cream or peanut butter or makeup, I wanted to grab my own can of shaving cream and join in….

    *sigh* I’m off to bitch-slap some sense into my ovaries.

  70. On March 31st, 2011 at 9:06 am Your Aunt Becky Says:

    I can send you pictures from Chuck-E-Cheese if that helps.

  71. On March 31st, 2011 at 8:17 am Kristen Says:

    Happy Birthday Alex! Your mama Rocks.

  72. On March 31st, 2011 at 8:34 am CC Says:

    That was the sweetest thing ever!!! I am trying my dang hardest to get preggers but my lady bits just aren’t working. You just gave me a little light of hope. And I hope when it does happen “it” is just as loving as that little man of yours!

  73. On March 31st, 2011 at 9:05 am Your Aunt Becky Says:

    It’s a BITCH when you’re trying to get pregnant and you can’t. I’m so sorry you’re dealing with it too!

  74. On April 3rd, 2011 at 1:56 pm CC Says:

    Went to see a (male)lady bit doc Friday. I introduced myself with I like nice long walks on the beach, my favorite color, my favorite food, that I was nervous, and about all my lady bit ailments. He said I can be fixed!!! Yay!!! Thank you again!

  75. On March 31st, 2011 at 9:04 am Suniverse Says:

    Awww, Happy Birthday, Alex.

    What a beautiful post. What a beautiful family.

  76. On March 31st, 2011 at 10:48 am The Mommy Therapy Says:

    Oh Happy Birthday Alex!

    Becky, this was beutiful. I loved it. Such strong and important words for him to hear, to know and to feel from you. I love the bond with his siblings, the imagination, and the his very apparant love of life. What a fantastic boy.

    Congrats to you on making it to four!

  77. On April 1st, 2011 at 8:33 pm Erin@MommyontheSpot Says:

    Aunt Becky, that letter? Was beautiful. Seriously? You are creating an amazing legacy for your family. Way to go, chica!

  78. On April 1st, 2011 at 8:51 pm Scott Says:

    Wow, there’s a lot of dust in this room… *SNIFF*

    You’ve made some wonderful, beautiful children Auntie.

    Happy birthday, Alex!

  79. On April 4th, 2011 at 5:31 pm Lori Says:

    I can so totally relate to this. My version of Alex turned 20 on March 14. Children are absolutely, positively life’s greatest gifts. You said that you are honored to know Alex and to have him as your son. That’s how I feel about my sons, too. Happy birthday to Alex. He may not understand this completely now, but one day he will truly know how blessed he is to have you as his mother.

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