Happy Day!

Fifteen years ago today I gave birth to a 10 lb 4 oz baby boy; our youngest, Peter Albion Duff. It was not an easy birth, for mother or child. His older sister and brother had each weighed a mere 6 pounds and some change, and I’d been able to employ lamaze breathing techniques for drug free, natural deliveries. I really tried to follow suit with Pete’s birth, but after far too many hours of labor, the attending physician suggested an epidural. The anesthesiologist, named Dr. Zipper (really), instantly became my favorite person of all time. Half an hour later, Peter emerged, or rather, was yanked free, to a chorus of “oh my god, he’s huge!” Aside from a temporarily misshapen head (which measured an astounding 15 and 1/2 inches in circumference), Pete was perfect. And I recovered.

Precious Pete

Seven years ago, on Pete’s eighth birthday, I was in house at MGH following a lobectomy. When his dad brought him to visit me in the hospital, Peter crawled into my bed and just sort of made these small animal sounds. It broke my heart, but also reinforced the fact that not surviving wasn’t an option. Our Christmas card that year was a photo of David, Peter and myself at the beach. I am about two months post chemo and we all have the same haircut.

So, another milestone. Pete is excited that he is six months away from qualifying for a learner’s permit to drive (oy vey). I am thrilled just to be present; to have the chance to witness my (big) little boy well on the way to becoming the wonderful grown-up he will become.

Happy, happy birthday!

9 responses to “Happy Day!

  1. Happy Birthday Pete (and LInnea)!!!
    Otto sends his birthday greetings, saying he wants to give Pete a monster truck and a racing car. Those car-gifts Pete made two years back are still highly appreciated.
    Have a fantastic day!
    Otto, Anja & Ingo

  2. FIFTEEN???? Hard to believe!!! Happy, happy day, Peter! We can ALMOST remember when we, too, were teenagers! Have a wonderful birthday, and hope to see you this summer in NH!!

  3. A wonderful young man indeed! Happy Birthday to Pete and hugs all around.

  4. Give the Birthday Boy a hug from Shannon, Amanda and Uncle Johnny! I’ve always loved that picture of the three of you.

  5. Well Linnea, now you’re just showing off! BRAVO.
    Thinking about you always,

  6. Happy birthday to your lovely boy! Somehow I didn’t think he was as “old” as he is! Such sweet picture. Yikesers with his birth weight! sending birthday wishes to Peter

  7. Happy birthday to Pete, a very, very cool guy.
    From his proud godmothers

    Oh, and, good job Linnea and David!

  8. Pete! Birthday greetings to our favorite Easter-egg hunting, dog-loving, claymation-movie maker, table-waiter & all-around-delightful friend!!! Looking forward to seeing you behind the wheel in no time! xoxo Melinda, Kihan, Chris & Lizzie (oh, Mickey, too!)

  9. Happy birthday Pete! Love the photo of the three of you.

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