January 12, 2011

Celebrating Life

It's almost 1130 and I'm just now settling into bed. Two years ago, I was in another bed. About to welcome my second son into the world. I had no idea of the adventure I was in for.

I was diagnosed with Budd Chiari Syndrome at one of my prenatal ultrasounds. My pregnancy was smooth...when you take out the stress of having doctor visits daily. My GI Dr told me if it had been discovered earlier in my pregnancy he would have recommended I terminate. He then suggested I be induced as early as possible. No one had any idea of how my body would react. Would the stress of childbirth put my organs into shock? Would the pressure of pushing cause my liver or spleen to burst? What if I pushed to hard? Could my hert handle being in labor? These things were the last things on MY mind. I just wanted to see my baby boy. I wanted to hold him and thank him for saving my life. I wanted to promise him that I would love him till the day I die. Even if it was that very same day. At 11:44pm, I heard him cry. Happy Birthday Alexander Cruz Munoz. My Guardian Angel.

Two years later, we are celebrating life. I might not be here today if it weren't for him. And obviously he couldn't be here with out me. I will be the first to admit that he is the most stubborn little boy I've ever seen. I'd like to think that with 5 brothers and 5 nephews I'm perfectly skilled in that observation. He is hard headed, a tough guy, he knows what he wants and he knows just how to get it. He has the puppiest of puppy eyes and pout that is straight up irresistible! And at the sweet age of two, he can throw a tantrums like a teenager.

But his hugs and kisses warm my soul. The way his little lips pucker up when he's playing always makes me smile. The fact that he can almost count to ten and loves books makes me so proud. The way he rubs my check when he nurses is something I want to remember forever. He's my little man and I love him more than life itself. The life he has given me.

Happy Birthday baby! Mommy loves you so much. I only hope that I can repay you for what you have given me. I promise to love you and believe in you always. God has blessed me with you. And I will always remember that!

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