Sixteen

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Carolyn Savage

 

 

 

Ryan turned sixteen yesterday.

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I know it almost seems cliche at this point, but I’m going to say it anyways.  I can’t believe that my second born son is already sixteen years old.  At 6’1, it’s hard to imagine that this towering young man was once a scrawny and rather pathetic three pound preemie.  No bigger than a beanie baby, Ryan entered this world, against his will, at only thirty weeks gestation.  I’d fallen ill with a severe form of pre-eclampsia called HELLP Syndrome and the only option that would spare my life was to deliver my sweet baby teen weeks ahead of schedule.

Note the Beanie Baby next to Ryan.  They were the same size.

Note the Beanie Baby next to Ryan. They were the same size.

Ryan coming home from the hospital at 3# 15 ounces.  Yes, they discharged him at that weight.  I know...shocking.

Ryan coming home from the hospital at 3# 15 ounces. Yes, they discharged him at that weight. I know…shocking.

It was a very dramatic entrance into this world and there’s irony in that.  Ryan despises drama.  He’s more of the quiet, determined type.  I pity the person who mistakes his understated demeanor for passiveness, however.  Ryan is anything but.  Not afraid of contact, this boy should have played football.   He often looked like a Heisman candidate left tackle which would have been great…if he hadn’t been playing basketball at the time.

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Ryan’s 5th birthday at the home opener in the Toledo Mudhens new stadium circa 2002.

Ryan was a soccer phenom in preschool.

Ryan was a soccer phenom in preschool.

Ryan’s passion is running.  From the time he ran his first race in kindergarten, he’s wrapped his efforts around bettering himself through hard work and dedication.  He’s the academic star of our family, which is also ironic.  School has never been his favorite thing.  He declared so in first grade when one morning he informed me that there was no need for him to go because, “We do the same thing over and over and over.  I already know it all.  No need to waste my time.”  

Running a race at the age of 8.

Running a race at the age of 8.

Setting freshman 4x800 record.

Setting freshman 4×800 record.

What I love about Ryan the most is his playful heart.  He is not only patient with his little sisters, he actually likes to play with them.  His fun loving attitude doesn’t get lost on the girls either.  When he enters the room, they expect him to play.  And, usually, if there’s not a pressing sporting event on television, he does.  They adore him.

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Sometimes I worry that I forget about him.  The old adage, “the squeaky wheel gets the grease” is alive and well in our family of seven.   Since Ryan often flies under the radar I realize, sometimes, that I haven’t had much one on one time with him on certain days.  It’s then that I seek him out to check in on his spirit.  I always leave those conversations wondering when he became so mature.  He’s a wise old soul.

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DSC_0018 He was born that way.

We couldn't be prouder of him.

We couldn’t be prouder of him.

19 Comments on “ Sixteen ”

  • Lori Lavender Luz | April 10th, 2013 11:12 am

    What a remarkable young man.

    Happy birthday, Ryan!

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  • Lynn | April 10th, 2013 2:44 pm

    what a fantastic young man and congratulations to his parents and all they have done for him. The future is bright thanks to families like yours

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  • Teri | April 11th, 2013 9:26 am

    Happy Birthday, Ryan! I especially like the shot of you, Ryan, Sean and the curious kitty.

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  • Ann Sullivan Mancinotti (Manually Imported from Facebook Comment) | April 11th, 2013 9:41 am

    Happy Bday Ryan!! 16!

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  • Marion Downing (Manually Imported from Facebook Comment) | April 11th, 2013 9:41 am

    Happy Birthday mate! I had tears when seeing you with MK, such patience and caring for little siblings is to be commended I hope all your birthday wishes come true.

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  • Kristi DePersia Loret (Manually Imported from Facebook Comment) | April 11th, 2013 9:41 am

    Happy Birthday Ryan!!!!

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  • Jen Daechsel (Manually Imported from Facebook Comment) | April 14th, 2013 3:07 pm

    Jen Daechsel Sending belated birthday wishes from Canada Ryan. Happy sweet 16!

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  • Wynette Sills (Manually Imported from Facebook Comment) | April 14th, 2013 3:08 pm

    Birthday blessings to your son Ryan!

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  • Tom Bailie (manually imported from Facebook) | April 22nd, 2013 10:58 am

    Happy Belated Birthday Ryan! I know you had a great day.

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  • Angela Bonner (manually imported from Facebook) | April 22nd, 2013 10:58 am

    Happy Belated Birthday Ryan! Great post, with great pictures

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  • Dionna Harrell (manually imported from Facebook) | April 22nd, 2013 10:59 am

    Happy late Birthday!!!

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  • Cathy Schafer Olshesky (manually imported from Facebook) | April 22nd, 2013 11:00 am

    Happy Birthday Ryan! Handsome guy!

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  • Kathy Emma Potter (manually imported from Facebook) | April 22nd, 2013 11:01 am

    Happy birthday, Ryan! What a lovely tribute, Carolyn…he seems like such a nice boy. Congratulations to you and Sean!

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  • Heather Ivan Nieman (manually imported from Facebook) | April 22nd, 2013 11:01 am

    I love this story! So happy that he went from preemie to a big strong teen! I also LOVE the pic of him with his arm around Mary-Kate. So sweet – I can tell he’s a great older brother to all of the girls!

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  • Beth Noe June (manually imported from Facebook) | April 22nd, 2013 11:01 am

    Happy Birthday Ryan (from someone who doesn’t know you nor do you know me — BUT I’m a mom so I get what your mom is saying. And I DO know your Uncle Kevin and Aunt JoJo …..so…….maybe something about 6 degrees of separation???

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  • Karen Smietanski Florian (manually imported from Facebook) | April 22nd, 2013 11:02 am

    Happy birthday Ryan!

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  • Debbie Byroade Schaaf (manually imported from Facebook) | April 22nd, 2013 11:02 am

    I remember that precious baby well. He is one good looking 16 yr old!!

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  • Linda Schafer Higgins (manually imported from Facebook) | April 22nd, 2013 11:03 am

    Happy Birth Ryan, the kindest person I know. Love you, Grandma

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  • Lauren Burtscher (manually imported from Facebook) | April 22nd, 2013 11:03 am

    Happy birthday, Ryan. I can’t believe you are sixteen.

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