Birthdays are a Good Time for a DNA History Lesson

Birthday Lego Minifigures

It’s Party Time!

This was us 9 years ago, awaiting the arrival of our son – a big 10-pounder!

9 months pregnant - Thanksgiving 2004

After 39 hours of labor and a c-section, we had our boy.
He was so big the nurses dressed him in a 3-6 month sized sleeper – and it fit!

Alex 12-12-2004

We like to tell him the story of how he got revenge on the doctor and nurses for making him wait so long to be born.  After they lifted him out, he piddled on every one of the medical staff in the O.R. (about 6 in all)!  Mommy and Daddy were the only ones unsoiled.  He was literally pissed!  LOL

Here he is now – still a very tall boy.

Santa 2013

Happiest Birthday to my precious boy!  He is our miracle.  We had lost two before he came along (and another one this Spring) likely due to my Hashimoto’s and Celiac conditions.
His birthday is a most joyous occasion, worthy of special celebration.

Birthday Balloons

He has rediscovered Transformers. Cool balloons, huh?

I’m making one of his favorites, Paleo Taco Pockets for dinner.  Trying a new variation by layering the dough and taco meat in bacon-greased muffin tins.  Some greens on the side and dessert of vanilla cupcakes with buttercream frosting (Paleo-ized with ghee and coconut milk, of course!) and cookie dough bon-bons.  Yummy!

Singing “Happy Birthday”.

Happy Birthday 3

On a related note…Just this week, he did a class presentation on his family history.
He learned a lot about where he came from.

Window 2

The presentation was on December 6th, St. Nicholas Day.  Here I am holding up the wooden shoes my father brought back from the Netherlands in 1962 while in the Navy.  As my family is from the area bordering the Netherlands, we celebrate by placing wooden shoes out at night for St. Nicholas to leave treats (for good children) or coal.  This pair held a small Lego Christmas Train Kit and a hat.

Window Week Poster (final)

Our son is half German and half Finn.  We recently participated in the National Genographic Project to get our DNA history, and the findings confirm that we are who we think we are.

This is a fascinating project.  Check it out!

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