Today, my baby Jesse is 1 year old!
Because Matthew’s birthday is in 2 short weeks, we celebrated both boys’ birthdays with family and friends over the weekend.
We were able to catch 16 of the 20 children in one photograph – missing from this picture are Lily, Caeley, Connor, and baby Livi. You would think that it would have been crazy, but these are such wonderful kids – they all played so well together, with the “big” ones looking out for the little ones, that the “grown ups” had relaxing time to sit and visit. I know it’s hard to believe, but it’s true!
Everyone had a blast.
Jesse, you are walking running everywhere, climbing, bouncing, and trying to do everything your big brothers do. You gave up your 2nd nap long ago, and now only sleep for 30-60 minutes each day. You are exhausting, but a lot of fun.
You are already picking up sign language from your brothers, and sign “eat,” “more,” “dog,” and “fish.” When I ask you to say “Mommy,” you say “Da-da” and laugh hysterically. Yes, your big brother Matthew taught you that joke!
Your favorite things are wrestling, being tossed around, cars, and anything that GOES. You are ALL boy. Do I worry about you being a danger to yourself 15 years from now? Yes. Yes I do.
But, on your first birthday, Micah helped you blow out your candle. You thoroughly enjoyed your cake … I mean, not everyone fully experiences cake like you do.
And, you seemed like such a big boy sitting at a little table and drinking from a straw!
Matthew very much enjoyed hitting the pinata.
… and even enjoyed some candy from it. This is very unusual for him, as candy is usually spit out with a “ick” sound. Matthew would have rather had an asparagus-and-broccoli filled pinata, but we wanted the other kids to come back to our house someday.
It was a big day for all of us, and by the end, we were more than ready to call it a night.
I am so blessed to have my boys … all 3 of them. Our children are our greatest gift, and our lives are filled with joy, laughter, and love.
Happy, Happy Birthday my Jesse Bear.