It was 13 years ago, the day before my 5th wedding anniversary, I had high blood pressure and no clue what I was about to get into as I was induced and welcomed into the motherhood club.
My first born, Brandon Cade Eavenson, made his grand entrance at 9:45 pm. Oct. 15, 2004, weighing in at 7 lbs 13oz.
I had a heavy dose of magnesium sulfate and after it was all over I felt like I was hit by a mack truck, had the flu and cried my eyes out. Not that it was a traumatic delivery but the magnesium stuff made me feel terrible.
After the side effects of that stuff wore off and I got my wits about me, I was then a mess of emotions at the wonder of this little dude who just rocked my world.
He was a screamer, mess maker, ball thrower, biter, 100mph kind of kid pretty much from the beginning. Mixed in with a dose of sweetness and good looks this little guy had my heart right from the start.
Cade is officially a teenager and just like I had no clue at the beginning stages of motherhood what I was in for, I kind of feel the same about this stage and that’s fine with me. I’ll learn as I go from those of you who have already been through this season and rely upon a whole lot more of Jesus than I ever did during those early years.
Cade has taught me to have a lot of patience, grace and not be critical of those “spirited/strong-willed” children or their parents. He is a challenger by nature and has challenged everything I thought I knew about parenting and continues to do so. I know that gift will serve him well as he challenges the status quo and fights for the injustices of the world.
You can’t be a pushover and a leader so that’s what I remind myself of the days when I’d like to quit parenting.
I truly wouldn’t want him any other way and I look forward to seeing all God has in store for him in the years to come.
Happy Birthday, Cade!
No, he won’t be getting a phone or social media account, but rather a bow some arrows and some more time in the woods with his dad to learn more about what it will be like to become a man.
Your dad and I sure love you Cade and so do quite a few others. Happy 13th Birthday!