On the day you were born, I didn't get to physically see you for a couple hours, but I did get to feel, smell and caress you. Even without seeing you, it WAS love at first sight. I do remember seeing your hair when you were pulled from my body, and thinking "What the heck?" I always imagined having a bald baby - not sure why - but it was such a surprise! And then a few hours later after feeling your body and inspecting it with my hands, when the general anasthesia wore off, I could actually see you, and I thought, "Oh my gosh he is so cute, look at those lips, your sweet little face could melt anyone's heart!" Even the nurses in the hospital said you were the cutest baby born that day (You were one of two babies born that day!) I remember they loved to comb your hair. You were so tiny but so strong, already holding your head up to see us. Your little legs had extra skin hanging off of them, and you were swimming in your newborn outfit, when we took you home! I will always remember the feeling of joy and relief I had when I got to feel you next to me for the first time, even without being able to see you, it really was the most amazing feeling. One that brings little butterflies to my tummy, of excitement, joy, anxiety and LOVE.
Here is our first family photo, I remember asking to feel your feet, Daddy was guiding my hand to your feet.
Jakob, you were the sweetest little baby, and still are the most sensitive and caring little boy. You are the best big brother and the sweetest son. You already know how to make a woman happy, with all your compliments for Sarah and I, ("Sarah you are the prettiest girl." "Mommy you are as pretty as a sunset." "Mommy your whole body looks so pretty.") You are going to be the best Husband and Daddy someday!
I love you so much and hope you had the most memorable 4th Birthday!
We started celebrating early, on Thursday, Daddy gave Jakob his first of many (I'm sure), Star Wars toys - they were a big hit!
Friday -Jakob's actual birthday- wearing his Birthday crown from school and showing off some new dinosaurs that Nana and Papa sent.
Today we had a dinosaur party at the house (it was raining off and on, so we squeezed 9, 4 year olds and their parents into our tiny house. We had lots of activities and lots of playing, screaming, laughing,a few meltdowns, and some energy release in the yard, in between the rain.
Oh, Jakob also told Mark that he was actually 5 years old now, because he already turned 4 yesterday and was having another party today so now he was 5! Too cute!
Here are Jakob and Ian getting an early start on coloring their Shrinky Dink insects. Yep we did Shrinky Dinks, I'm sure most of you 30 somthing's remember those! I think they were more fun for the parents!
Digging for fossils (in our sandbox on the porch)
The super yummy birthday cake - made by Auntie Amber! Jakob was so excited to have a cake "with candles". He told me this morning that he didn't know "what to wish for before I blow my candles out." The cake was AMAZING, chocolate cake with chocolate butter cream frosting with a bit of raspberries - so moist and tasty - everyone loved it - so Shout Out to Amber! Amber was also our nanny on the side at the party, taking care of Sarah during all of the commotion - thank god!! It was about an hour after the party started that I remembered "Oh yeah...where's my other kid" NICE! It was really crazy here, luckily we had beer, Kahlua and coffee and snacks to keep the adults happy too!
Lexy and Audrey, wearing their dinosaur faces!
Happy Birthday Big Boy - Here's to many many many more!