Thursday, May 31, 2012

Happy Birthday Austin!

Fifteen years ago today I gave birth to a seven pound five ounce baby boy. We named him Austin Bernard. Austin after…yes, you guessed it, Austin Powers, the movie, and Bernard after his paternal grandfather who had passed away only two weeks before his birth.

While I was pregnant with Austin I only slept about three hours per day—two around five o’clock in the morning until about seven, when my older son got up and then I took an hour cat nap during the afternoon. I told my husband that if his actions in my stomach were any indication of how he’d be when he was born, we were in BIG trouble.

Austin was born two weeks early, but only because I told my doctor that I didn’t want to be pregnant anymore and since my doctor was the coolest doctor E-V-E-R and I hated being pregnant, she induced me on purpose. I’m sure they don’t do that anymore because insurance companies suck now-a-days.

It turned out that my prophecy was accurate and Austin was even more active after birth than he was while in my stomach. The baby didn’t sleep and he became colicky at three weeks old. I thought I was going to end up in a rubber room. There were days when I didn’t have time to get dressed and my husband would find me, in my robe, sitting in the front yard crying while Austin was in his crib—crying.

 Years went by and Austin had birthday parties and his fifth birthday invitation read: 

Austin’s five and we’re still alive 

My little ball of energy didn’t stop there. He was ten and STILL didn’t go to sleep at a decent hour. I would go into his room at eleven o’clock and he would be wide awake. I would tell him that he needed to fall asleep and he would say Mom, I’m not tired. And just as fast as he used to speed around the house, the kid would pass out. It was almost as if someone pulled his plug and trust me, there were days when I had wished he DID have a plug or at least a remote control!

Every child has qualities of his parents and Austin isn’t any different. I see his dad and me in so much of what he says and does. There are times, truth be told, when I cringe, but mostly I beam with pride.

 He’s extremely intelligent, with an above average IQ and carrying a 4.0 grade average without breaking a sweat. He’s inquisitive, creative, kind and funny. He’s also obstinate, stubborn and at times impulsive. All rolled into one, he’s a terrific kid. A son that I’m proud to call my own and one I love with all my heart.

Happy Birthday my dear Austin. The world is a much better place since I brought you into it fifteen years ago.



  1. Pam, what a sweet and touching post!
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AUSTIN!!!Hey, I love how you came up with his name. That's ingenious!I'm lovin' that photo of you and your older son touching your belly! adorable.Well, considering that Austin is a Gemini (and air sign) that explains his abundant energy and no need to sleep much. As you, I'm Libra (which is also an air sign) and I was (and still am) the same way. My energy annoys people at times because I'm like a live wire. And I don't really need a lot of sleep. 5-6 hours a night is all I need.Yes, and I'm also obstinate, stubborn and impulsive at times too.Air signs usually need a lot of mental and creative stimulation, or we get bored.We like change."A son that I’m proud to call my own and one I love with all my heart.Happy Birthday my dear Austin. The world is a much better place since I brought you into it fifteen years ago."

    How sweet!!!
    Again, Happy Birthday, Austin!And thanks for sharing, Pam!(((( You ))))X

  2. Ron, yes, Air signs need mental stimulation and  Austin was like that even as a toddler! He doesn't require a lot of sleep now but when he's out, he's out. And his mind is always going--a live wire! PERFECT comparison!

    Thank you for the birthday wishes!


  3. Happy birthday to Austin! Yesterday my son celebrated his sixteenth birthday! I think this must make you and I... um 28? Something close right? :) Wishing Austin AND yourself the very best that life has to offer and an amazing year to follow! 

  4. Angie, yes, that makes us close to 28. 

    Thank you for the birthday wishes and the kind wishes for the year! 

    I hope your son had an awesome day. With a mom like you, how could he not!


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