Fourteen years ago today, I became a grandmother! It was such an exciting day for our whole family. I was to have attended his birth in American Fork, Utah, but that as it turned out, was not to happen.
About 10 days before our grandson was born, I looked over at my youngest son, Adam, lying on the sofa in our family room. "Maybe, it the light," I remember thinking to myself, "but his nose looks crooked." I went over to investigate, and discovered that it was indeed crooked. As he and his older brother Christopher explained, they had been playing baseball with a basketball and Adam's face got in the way of Chris' line drive.
"We must wait for some of the swelling to go down," explained Dr. Carder. "But, because of his age, we cannot wait past 10 days to do the surgery." I reported this to my daughter Alyssa, who was awaiting the birth of her first child and had invited her mother to be present.
"It's okay Mom," she said when I informed her that I would be unable to be there. "Ryan will never remember you missed his birth, but a ten-year-old needs his mother when he has nose surgery."
The nose surgery went perfect. "Those bones just snapped back into place," informed the doctor. "A second surgery is often necessary when they are about 17, but I'm not sure that will be required in this case." Dr. Carder's words were prophetic. No repeat surgery was needed.
Ryan Thomas Christensen arrived in the wee hours of the morning on March 29, 2003! I was hoping he would wait to be born on his great grandfather's (my father's) birthday which was the 30th of March. But, Ryan was to have his own birthday. He was named Ryan (after Nolan Ryan an outstanding baseball pitcher for the Texas Rangers). His middle name was Thomas, (same middle name as his father).
I don't remember his weight or length, but I was with my daughter Alyssa when she took Ryan to his two-week check-up. Dr. Liddle recounted the scary moments after he was born not breathing. "I've never seen a baby go from an APGAR of two to a nine,' he explained. Ryan had a good check-up and seemed to be doing fine aside from having re=flux.
I remember taking the night shift with my adorable but fussy new grandson. Because of the re-flux, holding him in an upright position after feeding seemed to help calm him. In the upright position cuddled up next to me, he went to sleep that particular night; so I laid him down in his bassinet and dozed off myself. I awakened with a start about five hours later to the fact that that I had let him miss his four AM feeding. I rushed over to him as I realized that without thinking (and out of habit) I had put him on his stomach to sleep. (His parents had stressed to me the importance of babies being put on their backs to avoid Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or SIDS--exactly opposite the advise I was given when I raised my children). To my relief, Ryan was sleeping peacefully. "Well," I remember telling his mother Alyssa, "If you get to the point where you could kill for sleep, you know what to do." Ryan did much better bundled up like a burrito, sleeping on his stomach.
So Happy Birthday to an outstanding young man!!! I love you Ryan and I am so glad you came to our family 14 years ago today!