Friday, January 2, 2009

Jack is ONE!

This past year has completely flown by and we have arrived at Jack Jack's first birthday! This little guy has been an unbelievable blessing in our life and his laugher and smiling eyes are the highlight of my day. When I first found out that I was pregnant with Jack, I was scared. Keegan was 8 months old and I was so new at the mom business. What was God thinking? Obviously he knew that I could handle it. I knew that the next couple years of my life were going to be hard and exciting all in the same. The day he was born, (on his due date) I was going in for my 40 week check-up. It was one of the coldest days of the year, and I just knew that the doctor was going to send me home. I was dialated to a 2 and 90% effaced for a few weeks and he was so low that it was miserable to walk. Keegan was a month early so, the last month was not my favorite. The doctor looked up at me after my check-up and in the calmest voice said, "You are going to have this baby are in labor, let's send you upstairs". I nearly kissed the woman! So, up I went and had an easy delivery with a few hours of pushing and Jack was born. My family got larger and I got smaller. Amen!

The days in the hospital were so calm because I knew the game plan. I had just gone through it with Keegan and it was very fresh. We headed home, and I became very scared again. I was not sure how I was going to do it with Keegan who was 18 months and a newborn. Mainly, how I was going to love another human being as much as I loved Keegan. Almost as soon as I got home, I went to lay down on my bed with the door closed and lights off and cried. It was a very low point, but as fast as it started it ended and I went back out to the living room to embrace my two boys who were going to keep me busy for many years. Life just started to get fun.

Jack makes me smile. It is in his very nature to light up a room. He has this laugh is unmatchable, because no one can mimic it. Maybe one day I can get some video of it. He has been a wonderful night sleeper and barely wakes up in the middle of the night. He likes to be in control over some things. His naps are forced half the time and he tells you what he likes to eat and what he doesn' throwing it on the floor. He did not start eating ANYTHING until 10 1/2 months. He crawls with his rear end up in the air and his legs straight like Mogli in The Jungle Book. He loves for you to kiss his head and will slam his head into your mouth over and over again so he can get some kisses. He loves cars and buzzes his lips to make the car sound. He started doing that at 10 months by watching his older brother. Keegan loves to call him Jack Jack and will make sure to tell him when he is doing something wrong. He has lots of energy and which keeps me on my toes. I find him in my bathroom a lot throwing things out of my drawer or getting in the dishwasher. I would never trade him for a million years and I would do it the same way. Keegan and Jack are going to be best friends and it is sweet to watch.

Happy Birthday Jack Jack, I love you!


The Juarez Family said...

Aw - Happy bday Jack! Your kids are beautiful and I know that they are a true blessing in your family!

Happy New Year also!


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Happy Birthday Jack! Toddler years of fun lie ahead of you. Take it easy on your mommy. Hugs, ML

Amanda said...

Happy birthday, Jack! This was such a precious post, Michelle. You're an awesome mommy and all your boys are super blessed to have you. Congrats on making it through one year with two!

Lauren said...

Oh my goodness, what a sweet post. I loved reading it! Jack Jack is a real blessing! It's so funny to watch Jack and Noah grow up at the same time.

Kristin said...

Happy Birthday Jack! And Congratulations Michelle!! You have done such an amazing job with your boys. I am always so encouraged and inspired by the way that you are raising them up in the Lord! Can't wait for my boys to meet yours!

The Reeves Family said...

1 year old already??? Time for baby #3 ;)

Love the 2009 Challenge...FPU changed our lives.

leigh & laura said...

Yay, Jack Jack! I can't wait to celebrate with you. Also, I LOVE the redesign, Michelle! It looks great!

Janelle and Ella said...

Sweet post!!! I have tears in my eyes. You have such a precious family!! Jack and Keegan will definitely be close friends their entire lives. That is a blessing. And you are an amazing mom!!!

Happy Birthday Jack!!