by Stefani on 2-March-2010

Once, on a chilly golden morning, much like this one, I stared for hours at this beautiful little face. He was the most amazing thing I’d ever seen – my very first, my very own, little boy.

Then I blinked and he was nine.

And you know what? It still amazes me, every day, that I get to call him my son.

Happy birthday, Luke. I am so proud of the strong, capable, generous young man that you are becoming, and I’m so grateful that I get to watch it happen.

Kerry March 2, 2010 at 9:09 am

My oldest just turned 9 last month. It seems like such a big number. Until now I really felt like I still had a bunch of little kids, babies even, but now, suddenly, she’s so grown up. Happy Birthday Luke

Debi March 2, 2010 at 9:12 am

Happy Birthday Luke!

Karen March 2, 2010 at 9:17 am

Happy birthday, Luke. You share my daughter’s “Gotcha Day.” Nine years ago, at the age of 5 1/2/ months, she came home from Korea.

Jessica March 2, 2010 at 9:30 am

I will have a nine-year-old in a month, and I feel the same. They are suddenly, it seems, nearly grown up. Judging by how quickly these first nine years have gone…

Sarah :: greenclogs March 2, 2010 at 9:43 am

Nine? Really? Wasn’t he just 6? I say this every time. Why does the time go by so fast and where does it go? Gunnar turns 12 next month. 12.

Happy happy birthday Luke. And happy day to you, mama. xoxo.

Crystal March 2, 2010 at 10:04 am

They grow way too fast. It is bittersweet, this growing up stuff.

Happy birthday Luke.

Cassandra March 2, 2010 at 10:07 am

Have a happy day, Luke!

Visty March 2, 2010 at 11:07 am

Happy Birthday to Luke! 9 is such a big number for me. It seemed we were crossing over into something different.

Valarie Budayr March 2, 2010 at 11:45 am

Happy Birthday Luke! and many congratulations Stephanie.

Cordelia March 2, 2010 at 12:15 pm

Happy Birthday! My boy just turned nine a few weeks ago. Isn’t it amazing -their ability to reinvent themselves into brand new versions of themselves that are, now, the best one yet? We are lucky to get to watch!

Pam K March 2, 2010 at 3:41 pm

Happy Birthday Luke! My oldest will be 9 in 32 days.

Sarah M March 2, 2010 at 4:45 pm

Aw, Happy Birthday Luke! We have ourselves a Lukka over here, who often gets called Luk! Have a great day!
Sarah M

Lia March 2, 2010 at 5:20 pm

It is amazing how quickly it flies by, isn’t it? My first little boy will be ten in July.

Jerry Munson March 3, 2010 at 11:34 am

Hi Stef… Congratulations to Luke and to you, too. I remember reading your segments as you awaited his arrival. Doesn’t seem that long ago. We have a son who will be 40 in another week. I can distinctly recall watching the raindrops on the American University of Beirut Hospital window while I awaited his arrival around 10 a.m. on a Tuesday — very, very concerned because he was being born full-breech. Expectant fathers weren’t allowed in the delivery room. In fact, as I peeked through the small opening between the swinging double doors, a delivery room nurse came over and put a length of masking tape over the space so I couldn’t see anything, only listen. Things, I hope, have changed for the better in the past 40 years. Our younger son, who will turn 38 in a month, was present and bedside for the delivery of both his daughters (the most recent, Delaney, on 6 Feb). Yes, we’re grandparents again, but have quite a way to go to catch up with Rick & Judy. Again, congratulations to Luke and his momma. Keep up the great writing and photo capturing. You are a delight!! j

Eren March 3, 2010 at 6:08 pm

Oh Luke! Happy, happy belated birthday. Man, he looks so much older in that last photo. Thinking of your sweet mama.

Aimee March 4, 2010 at 11:00 am

My oldest is also 9. I am amazed too. I am quite often amazed at how tall he is. It is so neat so see the kind of young man he is turning into. And to still see the little boy I know so well too.

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