Posted by: Liza Rosenberg | May 28, 2008

Four years ago today…

Four years ago today, everything changed. The Little One pushed his way into the world, hijacking our lives and our hearts. I spent a good part of those first few weeks crying, usually when I set eyes upon the little guy, but often while watching random television commercials as well. Officially, I chalk it up to the hormones that were raging around my body, but there’s also a big part of me that believes I just couldn’t get over our great fortune, that we’d finally, finally managed to have a child.

I was almost at a loss, really. After nine years of trying, failing, trying again, suffering, agonizing, here we were. One epidural, four units of blood and four units of plasma later (because god forbid I should have an easy, uneventful birth with no nearly fatal surprises), the race was suddenly over. And it was strange. Strange that everything we’d been through was now behind us, that we were no longer struggling to achieve what so many others around us had achieved with relative ease. Strange that the battle that had been with us constantly, the struggle that had been the very center of our lives, was now a moot issue. I can’t even begin to describe how that felt, to realize that we no longer had to deal with this all-consuming saga that seemingly affected every aspect of our lives, every decision we had to make. Every. Single. One.

Not only had we finally succeeded, but with the Little One, we hit the jackpot, far surpassing our wildest dreams. We have a warm, intelligent, charming little boy with a marvelous (bordering on devilish at times – where did that came from…) sense of humor, a twinkle in his eye, and a smile that makes his whole face light up. And, while there are certainly times when we’d be happy to auction him off to the highest bidder (or perhaps pay someone to take him), we are very much aware of how truly blessed we are to have this beautiful little boy in our lives, especially today, on his fourth birthday.

We will be celebrating his birthday in pre-school on Friday. His teacher said she will make the cake and that we should bring fruit. Do appletinis qualify? If ketchup can be considered a vegetable



  1. Happy birthday, Little One! May the twinkle in your eyes never go away. And may you provide your mother with many more blogworthy conversations and actions. 🙂

  2. Happy Birthday, to my future grandson-in-law!

  3. Happy 4th, Little One! How lucky you are to have a gannenet who bakes birthday cakes!!!

  4. Happy 4th to that sweet little boy!! The little viking here will be happy to have them be “the same age” again (those 17 days just make all the difference, don’t they?)

    Enjoy the day.

    Hey, you should get him a bike. I bet he’d love it! 😉

  5. Happy birthday to the little one – can’t believe he’s 4 already! When are you coming to visit???? (before my little one turns 4?)

  6. Mazal Tov and a big happy 4th birthday to your Little One! The years sure go by fast, don’t they?

  7. Mazal tov, Little One!!!

  8. Happy happy birthday to the lad… and mazal tov to you too.

    I always find that i have my own secret moments of celebration on both of the Trolls’ birthdays. I totally recognise that wistful note in your writing from having used it myself…

    Ad me’ah ve’esrim ve’echad. (You shouldn’t have any sudden surprises.)

    Trollmamma x

  9. Came via Jess’s blog. Happy Birthday to your hijacker!! 😉 I have two hijackers so I know how wonderful it is! 😉 lovely blog

  10. Happy birthday can’t believe he’s 4 years already, WOW

  11. Happy birthday L.O., and may there be many, many more. Lucky you for selecting such great people as parents!

  12. That day four years ago was a premeditated hijacking. Mazal tov and Happy Birthday to Little One and his parents!

    (Er, that last bit about the appletinis was a rhetorical question, right?) 😉

  13. Thanks for all the well wishes!

    And NRG, as for you, enough of that snarkiness young lady. I’ll deal with you later… 😉

  14. Yom Hooledet Sameah – Happy Birthday, little boy!

  15. Happy birthday to the tyke. And to the mom. And yeah, you can start with cocktails on him, he is already of age. Later, though, he should transfer to real stuff – straight, no ice, like a real man.


  16. […] Last year’s birthday post for the Little One can be found here. […]

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