Category Archives: Jakie Day

Happy Birthday, Jake!

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Happy birthday to our lovable, energetic, wild and super sweet baby Jake! Life in your eyes is like one big party.   From the moment you wake up, to the moment you go to sleep–you never, ever, EVER stop moving. Ever.  You love to play with trucks and cars and have recently started loving anything and everything Star Wars.  IMG_9596

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Earlier today when I asked you what you wanted to do, you said “Dump water on something.”  That pretty much sums up what life with you is like.  It’s expecting the unexpected, looking for fun in every situation and not being afraid to bring a little bit (or a lot) of love and laughter to each moment.  Some times your Dad and I feel like we’re not sure where exactly all of your spunk and energy came from, but we know that we are blessed to be your parents and so lucky to have you as a part of our family.

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You play hard and you love hard, and for all these things and more we will be forever grateful that you are our boy.  I can’t wait to see where life takes you, or more appropriately in your case, where you are going to take your life.  Thank you for reminding us that beauty and fun can be found all around us.  From chasing a falling leaf, or clapping for motorcycles passing by, or when you’re just looking for something to “dump some water on,” you always show us that there is good and happiness just waiting to be found in this world.

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I love you to the moon and back.  More than you could ever know.

 

Love always,

Mommy

18 Month Old Jake

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Baby Jakie,

It’s hard to believe you are a year and half already! I got a little pit in my stomach thinking that this is the last month that we will refer to your age in months.  Why does everything have to go so fast little guy?! You are the sweetest, happiest little babe! You LOVE to laugh and play with trucks and your sister’s toys.  You kiss Rachel’s babies and carry them around tucked safely under your arm from room to room, and sometimes I feel like I am getting a glimpse of the great Daddy I know you are going to be someday.

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Walking? Who has time for that! You run from room to room, you run outside, you run in your crib, you really just run any and everywhere you can! Your favorite pastime may very well be throwing food off your high chair just so you can say “Uh-Oh!”  You love to greet people with a fist pound and sometimes you insist on giving someone a pound just because you feel like it.  You keep us on our toes, but we love keeping up with you and experiencing life through your perspective.  Everything seems new and magical to you and it has been a joy to watch you grow so far.

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You’re not quite a hugger or a snuggler, but when you do–you really do! And those moments are even more special since they are few and far between.  I wish I could bottle up your giggle as you play with your Jack-In-The-Box, one of your favorite toys! You love to sit at the table and build with blocks.  If there is a car or truck around, you will roll it around until your heart’s content.  You love to read books and sometimes when we can’t find you, it’s because you are in your room reading quietly to yourself.

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All in all, little guy, you are just a joy to be around.  You are the sweetest little babe and I am so blessed to be your Mama.

 

I love you to the moon and back.

Love always,

Mommy

xoxo

One Year Old Jake

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Sweet Jake,

First things first little buddy, Happy Birthday!!!!!

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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.

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!

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I love you to the moon and back.

Love always,

Mommy

11 Month Old Jake

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Happy 11 months, sweet boy! You are getting bigger by the day and what seems like faster by the minute! Nothing is out of your reach these days as you love to open drawers, explore and empty out cabinets and hide in closets (but only after checking everything out first!).  You haven’t taken any steps yet, but your Dad and I wonder if it will happen soon.  You stand freely on your own for several seconds at a time and then get so excited that you “go boom!” down to the floor.  Sometimes you even giggle and clap for yourself and my heart just melts a little bit more over you when you do that. You still have only 3 teeth, your bottom two and then your top left front tooth.  Although I suspect by your slight fever and cuddly attitude tonight that a new one might just be making it’s debut soon.  You love to do your “SO BIG!” trick, although you hardly ever do it when someone new is watching (it’s ok, we know you’re probably just wondering why your silly parents insist on asking you how big you are in front of everyone).  You are slowing saying good-bye to your bottle, despite my best efforts to get you to take it.  You just smile and scoot around and push it away with a gentle yet determined force.  Speaking of smiling–everyone always asks us if you are “always so happy” and our answer is a resounding “Yes!” Sometimes I wonder how we ever got so lucky.  Happy kids=Happy life

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This month we took a trip to the beach where you spent your mornings *not napping* and playing on the beach with your sister.  You loved to splash in the waves at the shore and LOVED to be carried out to where the waves could crash around you.  You even rode your first horse this month! You loved it!! The horse came out with less hair after your ride because you still have some hair pulling issues we are trying to work out, but the horse didn’t seem to mind one bit.  Speaking of vacation…did someone say french fries? I think there was one day of vacation where french fries were pretty much the only thing you would eat, thank goodness that didn’t last long!

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Usually your days are spent exploring and babbling some sweet baby talk (like “bababababababa” or “mamamamamama” or what sounds like a very high pitched “eh!”).  Other than your laugh, I enjoy hearing your baby talk the most.  I wonder sometimes what you are really trying to tell us and I know all too soon I will be finding out 🙂 Everything is happening so fast, Jake Man.

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Everything is happening so fast buddy–you are changing and growing every day right before my very eyes.  One of my greatest joys in life is watching you grow and learn and explore and try new things.  With all these changes around us little buddy, there’s one thing that will never change—and that is my love for you.  One of the most interesting things that I’ve found about motherhood is that overwhelming feeling of love feels like an old love and a young love all wrapped up into one.  New love because we have only been together for a short while, I’m always learning new things about you and finding new things that I find endearing or special about you.  Old love because it feels like, in many ways, that our bond is so easy and natural and strong that it couldn’t possibly develop that way in just a mere 11 months alone….right? I feel like I have loved you and known you my whole life. More than my whole life even, it feels more like forever. Infact, I like to think and believe that I have.

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I love you to the moon and back.

Love,
Mommy

10 Month Old Jake

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Jake,

You are on the go, go, go these days! Full fledged crawling has led to a constant state of discovery for you.  Vacuum cords, outlets, trash cans, dusty corners…if it’s there, you need to see it and touch it and feel it and (in some cases much to Mommy’s chagrin) taste it! We have done more household “baby proofing” since you started moving than we ever did with your sister.  Thank goodness for outlet covers!! You pull yourself up on anything and everything you can.  You examine any and all items or objects that you find fascinating.  Everything goes into your mouth after what seems like a lengthy and thorough examination by you.  I wish I could know what you are thinking when you look so intently and touch so carefully something new to you.  You are 100% determined to see all that this world has to offer!

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This month brought along with it some super sweet moments.  Your first word (and I’m super proud of this) “Mama.” At first I thought maybe I was just hearing things or that it was more like wishful thinking, but when our friends and family started to notice it too, I knew I wasn’t just being totally smitten and delusional about your intelligence. 🙂  Shortly after “Mama” was said, you added “buh buh” (bye bye) to your sweet little wave.  I have loved watching your little personality develop even more this month.

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You love to crawl.  You hate to be contained–gone are the days of being in your jumper for any extended length of time.  You really love to walk when people hold your hands to help you and you are loving all of your new table foods.  You are starting to prefer food over bottles and are slowly weaning yourself from your afternoon feeding.  When you want more food you bang on your high chair tray and squeal.  You obviously have certain forms of communication down pat. 🙂

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Rachel is still your favorite person in the world and anytime she comes into the room you turn and smile at her like you’ve just received the best surprise of your life.  You have been known to pull her hair in order to get her to come down close to you so you can give her a smooch or a snuggle.  The best part is, she doesn’t even seem to mind.  She tells you that you’re “so cute” and “so soft.”  Who could disagree? Especially with the sweetest little babe giving big open mouth slobbery kisses any chance he gets? Heart. Breaker.

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Naps are predictable now, your sleep at night is going awesome too.  THANK YOU for giving us back the gift of sleep! It only took 10 months for me to feel comfortable saying that, but you know what little buddy, I wouldn’t change any of the sleepless nights with you for the world.

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A new tooth popped through this month! We said hello to your top tooth with a low grade fever and lots of snuggle time during the day.  The top tooth wasn’t very nice to you, but you handled it like a trooper and I enjoyed the extra cuddles in between giving doses of Tylenol to help ease your pain.  I love you so much, little guy!

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Happy 10 months, sweet babe!

I love you to the moon and back.

Love always,

Mommy

9 Month Jake Day

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Jake Man,

Look out, world! You are on the move! You scoot and army crawl anywhere your little heart desires.  Just this morning we found you underneath the couch as you had scooted and crawled your way there in the amount of time it takes to go put a bottle in the sink and walk back to the living room.  You love to try to stand up on your own.  Lots of times when you are on your hands and knees you push up your legs so that your little hiney is in the air and your legs are pushed up straight.  Then you wobble back and forth as if the swaying motion would give you the momentum you need to stand up on your own.  When you eventually sit back down, you look around like “Did you see what I just did!?” You are a baby on a mission these days and are determined to make your way in this world.

  You love to pull hair and give kisses…sometimes you even insist on doing them at the same time! Your sister has fallen prey to your hair pulling ways, but even she doesn’t mind all that much.  We like to think that that is just the easiest way for you to pull us close 🙂 jake11

You are enjoying more table food and with that, some summer treats have made their way into your repertoire.  This month had your first taste of a Popsicle! You loved every minute of it–in fact, it was very difficult to convince you to let go so your sister could have the rest of it.  Don’t worry buddy, they’ll be more time for Popsicles in your lifetime.

Your sleep has made a huge positive strides over the last month.  You are now on a (mostly) predictable schedule and very rarely wake up during the night.  We are SO thankful that you have started sleeping well.  For your sake..and ours! A good night’s rest is good for everyone 🙂

You love your sippy cup and cheerios are an all time favorite snack.  You have been known to have more cheerios on the floor around you than cheerios you have actually eaten (half are on the floor by accident and half are from trying to feed the dog).  You love to watch your sister play and you love when she plays with you. Lately you have been scooting yourself over to her so that you can play with her as well.  Your sister loves you so much.  She comes to get you every morning when you wake up and makes she she says good night to you each night before bed.  She loves to read to you and she just loves when you snuggle her.  I am amazed at the bond you two share already, and I hope that it continues growing stronger for the rest of your lives.

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You are mesmerized by birdies flying by and are very inquisitive about the sounds around you. But, my sweet babe, you are also very content to sit in the wagon or stroller and watch Mommy work outside or to watch Rachel play in the yard.  Content is a good word I would use to describe you.  If you are upset about something, then we know something is really bothering you.  You are not picky or finicky, and you know what you want–but you are also a very “go with the flow” kind of baby.  Thank you for that, little buddy. 🙂

We love you Jake, more than you could ever know.  I love to watch your expressions change as you get older.  You are much more excitable now and are quick to flail your arms in anticipation or give several excited snorts when someone you recognize enters the room.  I love how you flail your arms, snort in excitement and scoot yourself over to me when I come home from work every day.  You have the ability to make every day brighter just by being you! I am so thankful and blessed to have you be a part of my life.

I can’t believe that you are 9 months old already! I’m already starting to think about your first birthday party (ahh!).  It’s incredible how fast time goes by.  I am so looking forward to spending the next few months home with you and your sister for summer vacation.  You two are the best!

I love you to the moon and back.

Love always,

Mommy

xoxo

8 Month old Jake

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Fits of laughter, squealing with delight, rolling from here to there and everywhere.  Cheerios, puffs, and water in your sippy.  Pulling hair, giving kisses, snuggling in tight.  Pulling on your socks, chewing on your socks and waving hello…sort of.

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Speaking of chewing on–is there a teether around? You usually have one! Spitting up (still!), waking up (still! constantly!), reaching up (that’s a new one).  Screeching for what you want, learning new things, and trying to crawl (not quite there yet, buddy!).  Open mouth kisses, snorting with excitement and an entirely too long bout of bronchitis.

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First Easter basket, first Easter outfit (Daddy picked it out for you), and first Easter egg hunt.  A visit to the barn, a visit with the horses, and your first french fry EVER!!!  Teeny tiny fly away hairs, a scrunched up little nose and still the same old two baby teeth.

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Baby blue eyes, somewhat reddish hair, cute chubby cheeks and pulling us in close.  Kicking your legs with excitement, tickling your neck (and hearing the laughter it brings!), smacking your lips together for fun.  The look of recognition, eyes searching for the voice and a smile that goes on for days…..

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The joy you bring, the love you share, the hearts that you fill and the innocence of it all.

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 We are blessed.

Happy 8 months, sweet babe.  I love you more than you could ever know.

Love always,

Mommy