Wednesday, July 21, 2010

A Teenager???



It honestly seems just like yesterday that I was swimming with my big belly (ok so maybe that really did happen yesterday) talking to Gavin and Rae about how excited I was to finally become a mom. My due date was only 3 days away and I was hoping to go into labor some time soon. I got out of the pool and was closing the cover when my water broke, at least I was hoping that's what it was. We drove up to the hospital for a test that confirmed it was amniotic fluid. I talked the nurses into letting me go back home to shower, take a nap and pack my hospital bag. Everyone, and I mean everyone, from both of our families rushed up to the hospital, excited for Jack's big arrival. By 2 am everyone had been waiting for about 6 hours and I think I was dilated to a 4. Everyone went home except for my parents, Gavin's mom and Aunt Rae. Unfortunately it was an extremely slow labor. I was hoping to deliver naturally but couldn't relax enough to progress. I finally gave in (ok, I was begging) after 12 hours of labor and got an epidural. Things finally started moving along. Jack was born at 6:02 am on July 20th. And changed our lives forever! I know it's cliche but it really was love at first sight. Becoming a mother was better than I could have ever imagined (and I always imagined it would be pretty amazing) and I knew I wanted to do it again and again and again . . . It's been an amazing 13 years! Our family is so very, very lucky to have Jack!



Jack's Birthdays



13 years old

Jack asked me last night what time he was born. I'm lucky if I can remember their weight, let alone the hour and minute of their arrival. I do remember the general time of their arrival so I told him it was somewhere in the morning hours. That wasn't good enough. He wanted to know the exact time. Luckily it's written down in his scrapbook. 6:02 am. He set his alarm for 6:02 and went to bed. I asked him today what he did when his alarm went off. He said he listened to some of his favorite songs on his ipod and then went back to sleep. Isn't that the cutest thing? Celebrating the exact time of his arrival into this world with some good tunes! I love it!

He wanted to go boating again this year for his birthday party. He had a great birthday celebration on the lake-- swimming, wake boarding, knee boarding, and tube wars. Jack got right up on the wake board and even crossed the wake. A huge improvement from last summer.
Happy 13th Birthday, Jack! WE LOVE YOU!

11 comments:

Kristin said...

Happy birthday Jack!

COOLWHIP said...

Wow you guys have tons going on this week! I have another friend that celebrated their 14th anniversary the same day as you.
He looks just like Griffin at that age.
It's amazing to watch your oldest kid grow up, I still have a hard time wrapping my brain around having a 10 yr old!.

Jenni and Chad Stewart said...

Aww, Happy Birthday Jack! GRiffin looks so much like him, ESPECIALLY the pirate picture. ;)

Tausha said...

Happy Birthday Jack!!

Monica said...

Are we living parallel lives... LOL! My 1st born turned 13 just 2 days before Jack and he had ice cream cake, too. Looked very similar :-) Funny thing is, I was going to post about having a teenager now, but I decided to wait with that post until next time since I wanted to post about John Michael disappearing at the State Fair. Anyway, Happy Birthday, Jack. Such a handsome boy. Great photos...

Heidi Rushing said...

So funny to see others comments because all I was going to say, besides Happy Birthday Jack, was "Wow, he looked like Griffin in those younger pictures!"

Jazzaholic said...

You mean my sweet grandson is now a rotten teenager? How could that be?
Grampa

grandma bethany said...

Oh my! I look at each year of Jack's life and remember him at each age. How fast he has grown up! I have to agree with the others...I was really surprised when I saw him as a Pirate....the only different from Griffin is Griffin's slanted smile :)
Grandpa...Jack will never be a 'rotten' teen-ager!

kecia said...

Happy birthday to Jack and happy anniversary to you!!

AZ Chapman said...

happy b day Jack

Racie said...

Heather,

You are truly an amazing mom! You're kids love you and you're husband loves you. I'm so glad I was able to get to know you and Gavin a little better while we were in your ward. :)

Racie