First things first little buddy, Happy Birthday!!!!!
I have been thinking a lot lately about where we were a year ago and how I was anxiously awaiting your arrival into our family. After months of carrying you and what felt like just as many months having trouble sleeping, walking, eating and doing virtually anything that required even the slightest bit of movement, I couldn’t wait to finally hold you in my arms and kiss your little lips and tell you how much I love you! You came into our lives and brought a sweetness and love that could not have been predicted or even replicated with anyone else. YOU, my little love, are such a blessing to our family and I can’t imagine what life would be like without you! Heck, it’s hard enough to even try to remember what life was like before you! Let’s take a little trip back from your very first moments to where we are now. These are some of my favorite pictures from the last year.
“Every good and perfect gift comes from above.” James 1:17
a little bit of jaundice
I remember the day that we brought you home and how you slept so much that I really had difficulty waking you. Your first week of life is pretty much the only time you slept during your first eight months of life! I’m kidding–although, not by much! You really took your daddy and I for a loop with your (non)sleeping habits. Luckily you came to your senses about eight months in.
You have always been a very happy and smiley baby. You greet strangers and friends alike with a big smile and sometimes (if you’re feeling it that day) a hug or a kiss. People often ask if you are “always so happy?” and the answer is, of course, yes! Your daddy and I joke that your smile and happy personality “saved” you on those long nights where you would wake every 20-40 minutes night after night after night after every bloody night. We love you just the same….whether you needed to be fed or needed us to snuggle you or you just wanted us to snuggle you, it didn’t really matter. Our beliefs were that if you needed us, we would be there for you no matter how many times a night you needed us. Those moments are slightly poetic in retrospect, but at the time it was grueling. One thing is for certain, little buddy, and that is that we were there for you then, we are here for you now, and we will always be here for you. No matter what happens in this life, I can promise you that.
One year has been so much fun with you, little buddy! You love to clap, wave, blow kisses and walk while someone holds your hands to help you. You love your sister and Zeus and often times will go looking for both when they are not around. You say “Hi!” and “Bye!” and “Mama!” and “Dada!” You love to play peek-a-boo and to read stories. You are happy, you are a go-getter and a daredevil. We have baby-proofed our house ten times more than we did with Rachel. We practically clean your highchair with a pressure washer after you eat a meal in it. Everything you do, you go all out doing it. You play hard, you sleep hard (now), and you love hard.
We love you Jake, more than anything in this world. We are so thankful for you and everything that this year brought us. I wish you the happiest of birthdays for this year, and many, many, many years to come!
I love you to the moon and back.