Happy Birthday Ethan!
It’s my youngest son’s birthday and he is 7 today. Wow! It only seems like yesterday since he was a little baby and sometimes I forget how old he is getting and still treat him as my baby boy. I’m probably biased as him Mum but he is so gorgeous and so kind that it often surprises me just how caring he can be. He is clever and funny, loves to play football and play with is brother Miles, and always has time for a big cuddle which he is the champion at.
Ever since I had the boys life changed so much. Not only have you got a huge responsibility to look after your kids but you can’t help the massive maternal feeling inside that I don’t think will ever go away. I suppose its the natural instinct of protecting your offspring and ensuring they do well … dates back to the survival of the fittest I suppose.
We have been extremely lucky with Ethan and each birthday that Ethan has is a very happy occasion as he nearly didn’t reach his 3rd birthday. A few weeks before he turned 3 he was in intensive care at St James Hospital in Leeds with Meningitis and Meningococcal Septicemia (thats the red blotches) and we were told by the doctors to take it hour by hour and the outcome was uncertain. He was seriously ill and I still can’t believe that he fully recovered and the only evidence of that time are a few scars on his bottom where he had big blotches. We were extremely lucky that the amazing doctors did everything so quickly when he was first diagnosed and managed to save him. Ethan spent 4 days on a ventilator in intensive care and a further 10 days in hospital. It is because of our experiences with Ethan that it has driven us to get to where we are today.
So what’s Ethan doing on his birthday? Well it was presents and cards this morning, then he is spending the day at their holiday club they go as we still have to work and schools are off. After work there will be more presents at home and Dave’s family will coming round to share Ethan’s big chocolate cake.