From the moment Jack arrived on Monday evening, Sept. 10, 2018—he stole our hearts. With my first child, Ryan, I learned how to be a mother; with my second child, Connor, I learned that there is always more love to give; and with my third child, Jack, I learned that I would do anything for my children. Jack pulls us in with his contagious laugh, sweet temperament and interest in others. I think it's fair to say that everyone in our family feels a very personal connection to Jack, a sense of responsibility and longing to be close. He is our charming baby; our 'buba,' and our Jackie, as he is affectionately called :) Happy birthday sweet Jack, you are a gift to all of us and we love you so much!
Today is Connor’s fourth birthday. A few weeks ago we celebrated with his friends at a local splash pad and today we will celebrate with family.
I think that Connor has been who he is since day one—and four year old Connor is not much different from one year old Connor. Connor is full of life; he plays, communicates, and experiences life with determination and fearlessness. He is a great little brother and a great big brother; he loves to build things, play music, cook and make messes ;) He brings so much excitement and passion into our family, he challenges my parenting capabilities, and he also makes me feel overwhelmed with love. Connor is quick to say I love you, plant a huge kiss on my face and jump into my arms. I like to think about our family members as puzzle pieces and I’m so thankful to have unique Connor as part of our puzzle. Happy birthday Connor!
Today is Ryan’s fifth birthday! Today we will celebrate with a family dinner, and this weekend, we will continue our celebrations with a party. Sweet Ryan brings so much joy to our family. He is kind and curious, thoughtful and creative, careful and generous, and always up for an adventure. And this year, watching Ryan love and care for our tiny Jack, has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. Happy birthday Ry!
I'm so excited to share that we welcomed Jack Andrew on his due date, Monday, Sept. 10. It was evening and the sky was dark but still alive with light, the way it is when the sun has set, but there’s a glow that makes the blue intense and luminescent. It was a hopeful glow for me, as I tried to emotionally and mentally prepare myself for the changes ahead, and it was the perfect sign of transition—moving from day to night, pregnancy to birth. He joined us with a swift arrival; his labor started after 6 pm and by 9 pm he was here, with barely one push, coming in at 8 pounds, 5 oz and 20.5 inches. Welcome to the world little Jack, we are so happy that you have joined our family!
The day you came / Naked, afraid / Young mother screams and pushes you / The day you came / Oh joy begin / Weak little thing / More precious there’ll be nothing, no / Oh joy begin / Let’s not forget these early days / Remember we begin the same
This week we've been celebrating Connor's third birthday! We started the celebration with a small breakfast party at a local playground with a splash pad on Saturday, we opened some presents on Sunday, and tonight we will have dinner with our family to kick off his new year of life.
Three year old Connor is unstoppable; he is determined, animated and knows no boundaries. It is both thrilling and exhausting being his parent, because he lives with full force, always talking, laughing and playing—and never letting anything slow him down or get in his way. Connor has brought so much life and love into our lives, and we're excited to see what this next year has in store. Happy birthday Connor!