Fourteen years ago, I could never have imagined how quickly the tiny newborn I held in my arms would become the most fascinating young man I have ever known. I very clearly remember that day and evening prior where I spent the entire Saturday walking at the mall because I was two days overdue and felt huge. That night when I went for a walk with my husband and we saw a doe and fawn on our evening sojourn we knew it was a sign of things to come, and come they did. By eight o clock that night my contractions had started and around 11 pm we headed to the hospital as they were very close together. We hung out for a little while to be monitored, and I'll never forget my husband reciting the entire Ghostbusters script as we walked around the Atrium of the hospital, talking me through my contractions. Ultimately we went home where I tried fruitlessly to sleep. By 11:30 am we were back on our way to the hospital and Jake was born at 2:10pm on a Sunday...fittingly it was Father's Day that year.
As each day goes by he changes so rapidly that its hard to see it happen, and I constantly feel like I am missing "it". There are so many memories of him being a little kid up till now, but a favorite one of mine is Easter mornings. When Jake was very little (3 or so) he LOVED finding the eggs the Easter Bunny would hide. It wasn't so much finding the eggs, as it was shaking them once he found them. He would find a couple, and then shake them like maracas, not even opening them to see the M&Ms inside. He just liked to hear the sound. I recall him sitting in a rocker all by himself at my parents house, just shaking those eggs and BEAMING from ear to ear. I have a picture of it on one of our end tables in the living room...Jake in his pjs, shaking those eggs and just grinning.
Now that he is older, I just love listening to him talk; hearing his thought processes, sense of humor, and all the great little quips he comes up with like magic. He is an amazingly kind young man, and I can't believe that this is the same little baby we brought home. Time really does fly. Jakob, you have brought so much joy, love, and laughter into our hearts. We love you dearly, and although I wish I could keep you forever, I look forward to seeing you grow for many years to come...just try not to do it too quickly. You gave ME the best present on your first birth day, the job of being your Mom.
Happy Birthday to you, the greatest joy and gift of my life.