Thursday, July 13, 2017

Happy Birthday, Doodle!

I'm foregoing my usual Try It Thursday post today because today is Trip's 8th birthday! If you're sad to be missing out on food posts today, check out my Doodle's favorite recipes: Orange Chocolate Chip Muffins, Spinach Bacon Pasta, and Shrimp Scampi.


Robert Hollon Lee III was the perfect start to our little family! 


I had a fairly normal pregnancy with Trip but he definitely decided to shake things up when it was time to be born! I went in to be induced, and the nurses kept coming into my room panicking because Trip kept turning and would get wrapped in his cord. This continued until lunch time the next day, so we had an emergency c-section.


Trip was born at lunch time on July 13, 2009, and Robert and I didn't get much time with him for quite a while. Due to all of the anti-nausea medication the nurses gave me during the surgery, my body temperature dropped and they kept me in recovery for over 6 hours under heaters. 


When I was cleared to head to a room, Trip was wheeled in, and the doctor told us that they needed to move him to the NICU to monitor his breathing since he had stopped breathing in the nursery. He spent a few days in the NICU while I was recovering, and we were able to visit several times a day. Trip was cleared to come stay in my room on our last night in the hospital, and exhausted, we finally headed home the next day as a family of 3! 


Other than 2 rounds of stitches, Trip has never had another major health issue, and we are so happy for that. With a 6 foot papa and 6' 5" great-grandfather, this kid quickly became one of the biggest kids in daycare. The teachers all called him "Bam Bam" from The Flintstones. He ate everything on his plate and was known to help out his neighbors with their lunches!


Trip has always been into dinosaurs and shoes! He genuinely believed that Ari was going to be a baby dinosaur when she was born. There may be some truth to that!


At 2.5, he became a big brother, and has lived the past 5 years with a constant shadow! 


He loves to be outside and can tell you the name of just about every type of fish.


He's a good sport and goes with the flow when dragged on shopping trips or mom's history group outings.


He found a passion for swimming when we moved to our new neighborhood.



And although he's a great swimmer, he never takes himself too seriously! 


Trip's best smiles are his big toothy ones! 


He cleans up quite well, and I'll often find him with a belt on his shorts or jeans. You'd think his dog died the day he stained his favorite button down and it had to be thrown out! 


He loves science and animals. Doodle knows a lot about a lot! He used to want to be a paleontologist but has been thinking about moving into marine biology a lot more lately.


When Trip finds a book that he's interested in, that book goes everywhere with the kid! 


And like his mom, he's kind of a "Go big or go home" kind of person and is very into the details of a project, costume, or dish.


Trip has become very interested in shooting and is very focused when he goes to the range. He is planning to join the 4H club this fall to learn some more skills and to start competing. 


He is a great friend, and I think I am most proud of Trip for the encouragement he gives to his friends. I've noticed him telling his buddies that they did a great job in a swim race or bowling, and it makes me super proud. 


Doodle is quite a fitting nickname for Trip as he has turned into an award-winning artist! I'm lucky to have an in-house artist and can commission paintings as needed to decorate the home! 


Trip is super sweet with a little bit of crazy, a big helper, and a great role model.  


He is patient (most of the time) and a great companion!


I know that as much as Robert and I love Trip, his sister loves him just as much.


I'm so grateful to call you mine, Doodle! I hope you have the happiest of birthdays! Love you lots, and rock on! 


In case you didn't get enough of my favorite little man, check out these posts:

I'll see you back here tomorrow for Friday Favorites! Have a great day! 

22 comments:

  1. OMG I loved this post- everything about it. So wonderful getting to know your little boy- he looks like such a little gentleman and great big brother- Happy Birthday Trip!

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    1. Thanks, Cara! He's having a lot of fun today (and tomorrow!)

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  3. Happy birthday to your darling boy!!

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    1. Thank you! He's excited to go out for an all you can eat Chinese buffet tonight!

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  4. I love this look at Trip...hope he has an extra special birthday. Both my babies were in NICU for a few days at birth, and it sure was tough to see them there!

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    1. Ugh- sorry about your babies! At the old hospital, the regular nursery was right outside my door, and it was awful to hear everyone cooing over their babies and mine wasn't in there! We are eating Bostom cream pie cake tonight! Can't wait!

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  5. Happy Birthday to your precious boy!!! What a sweet post❤️ Can we talk about that head full of hair he was born with?!?! Did you have indigestion during your pregnancy? They say that's a sign of hair...LOL. I know Trip is and awesome kid and brother. It's very evident in your writing. I hope he has the best day and you too. Their birthdays are our celebrations as well.

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    1. Thanks, Lisa! No indigestion but I think my superpower is making hairy babies. Ari was the same way! Trip has insanely coarse curly hair, hence the buzz cut since he was 3!

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  6. Happy birthday to your sweet boy!!!! His birthday is really close to Jacob's. His is the 23rd.

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    1. Love summer babies! Can't wait to see Jacob's birthday theme!

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  7. Happy Birthday beautiful boy!! If you're anything like your mama, then I know you are precious as can be!!

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    1. Thanks, Andrea! We are having a fun day!

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  8. Aw! Happy, Happy Birthday to Trip! Love that last sweet picture of him and his sister! I can only imagine him thinking that he was getting a baby dinosaur instead of a baby sister.

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    1. We even bought him a dinosaur dvd as a gift from his sister when she was born to avoid any jealousy. He still talks about the present she got him when she was born! Um, pretty sure she didn't pick it out, Trip! LOL!

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  9. Yay!! Happy Birthday to your amazing little guy! God is good! ❤️

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  10. Happy birthday to your big guy! Hockey Guy has a similar entrance into this world....everything was fine leading up and then things got scary. Thank God for doctors and modern medicine.

    Have an awesome weekend!

    Patty
    GoodBetterBestFood.blogspot.com

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  11. Oh my goodness he was the cutest little...look at those curls!! What a scary start though!

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    1. Thank you! I miss the curly hair but buzz cuts are so simple and we save so much money on haircuts now!

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