18 years ago today…



18 years ago today I gave birth to my oldest son. I had just turned 18 two weeks before and kept hoping I’d turn into an official adult before he was born. Kurtis was actually two weeks late and so I was going in for a planned induction. That sly guy knew I wanted him to wait.
Kurt was born 10lbs 11.5 oz and had a fractured collar bone as a result of his large size (B was almost ten pounds too and induced 2 weeks early so I must be meant to birth the big babies)
I had to dig deep in my vault of photographs because 18 years ago I didn’t have a cell phone, computer, or real camera. It was a disposable camera kind of time, and I don’t have many photos from when he was a baby because of it.
He was an amazing kid, always dressing himself in whatever he liked, and never caring what anyone else thought of it. Obsessed with brightly colored sneakers long before it was cool (especially in our little town), super smart and always blowing me away by how well he did in school. Sweet and caring, not ashamed to cry during sad movies. I remember the first time it was while watching Mac and Me, and he was so upset that something was going to happen to Mac. I’m pretty certain he might cry over Mac, and I love that about him.
I know he’s going to be an amazing adult, and we are already so proud of him.
I know I don’t post photos of my children on my blog, I’m really highly guarded when it comes to my kids, maybe overly so….but I’m okay with that. Thanks for letting me share a little trip down memory lane with these old photos.

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13 Responses to 18 years ago today…

  1. Julie says:

    Congratularions to the both of you. Lovely glimpse into your life.

  2. So sweet! We’re proud of Kurtis over here, too. Happy birthday to him and sending lots of love from this Kenney family! <3

  3. So sweet! We are super proud of him too. Happy day from this Kenney family. <3

  4. Cassi says:

    I love hearing about your kids, Heidi. Kurt seems like a true individual and not afraid to be his own man, that will be such an asset in his life. My daughter is 21 and my oldest son turned 18 in August. My other son will be 15 soon. I know what you mean about having to dig out photos… no blog babies here :)

  5. Persephone says:

    Happy birthday, Kurtis!
    I’m sure he’ll be an amazing adult, too. He has amazing parents.

  6. katie says:

    Oh my goodness, tearing up on Monday morning. :) That kid (turned adult) is quite amazing. You did a great job mothering him, which is why he’s such an awesome kid. I love you guys!

  7. Heidi Kenney says:

    Katie, aww sorry to make you cry at work, we love you!!

  8. Heidi Kenney says:

    thanks so much persephone :)

  9. Heidi Kenney says:

    Cassi, Aw thanks so much! Isn’t it so funny how different it is when kid’s are born today? I so wish I had video of Kurtis as a little toddler, but well we just couldn’t afford a video camera at that time, i’ll have to rely on my memory instead haha.

  10. Heidi Kenney says:

    Thanks Amanda (write in tights) :)

  11. Heidi Kenney says:

    thanks so much Julie :)

  12. Liz says:

    Wow I didn’t realize you were so young when you had him–I am even more impressed by what an awesome parent you are!

    Really must be amazing to see him off at college now :)

  13. Heidi Kenney says:

    Liz, aw thank you! It was definitely a challenge raising a child at such a young age, it felt really crazy when we took him to college, so proud and happy for him!