Jack turns ONE

Oh my little happy Jack, how are you already one year old? This year has passed by way too fast, but has been the best year ever.  You are seriously the most happy, chill baby ever.  You love to sleep more than any baby I know, but when you are awake you are full speed ahead.  Life has definitely gotten more interesting since you started walking.  You are into everything.  Your love for the vacuum cleaner amazes me and you get to see it often since you are the messiest little eater around.  You never meet a stranger, you smile and wave at everyone you see.  Your precious spirit is just so sweet and everyone loves you, how could they not? ;)  I am truly blessed to be your mama!
We haven't been for your check up yet, but you are around 26 pounds according to the bathroom scale.  I believe it too since I am the one toting you around all day aching my back.  You are definitely going to be a big boy and that is just fine with me.  In most clothing you wear 18-24 month and still a size 4 in diapers.  Also a size 4 in shoes.  I don't think your hair is going to be curly like your sis, but it definitely has a little flip to it.  I know it is almost time for that first hair cut, but I am just not ready yet, sorry bud!
The transition to whole milk went great!  I mixed half formula and half milk for a couple of days and went straight to whole milk after that.  I was nervous because Olivia would never drink milk, but you seem to love it.  Favorite foods are blueberries, spaghetti, watermelon, waffles, peanut butter crackers, quesadillas, strawberries and bananas in that order.  You eat pretty much anything we put in front of you and still eat a little baby food now and then.  You are a carb-a-holic, but you come by it honesty.  I like to think we balance it out by all of the fruit we eat.

Favorite toys include any kind of balls, tucks, cars, trains and anything you can push around.  Without ever being shown you immediately get down on your knees and push cars around.  It must be a boy thing.  It is the cutest.  You love to explore around more than playing with any one toy.  You are into my cabinets and drawers always digging for something you can bang around and make some noise!
Sleeping is your jam.  You wake up around 7:30/8am and take your first from 9:30 to 11:30 then another nap around 2:30 and I usually have to wake you up by 5:30 so you will go to bed at 7:30.  You still miss me around 4am and I happily come rock you and give you a bottle sometimes.  I love our middle of the night cuddle sessions and even when I am super sleepy I don't mind getting up for that one bit. 

You jabber all the time, but still only say a few real words.  Mama, Dada, uh-oh and bye. You try to say a lot though.  You always try to repeat what I tell you to say even if it just sounds like baby talk. And really, what is cuter than those sweet first sounds?
You are walking everywhere these days.  Olivia has been waiting to be able to hold your hand and have you follow her around the house pretty much since the day you were born so she is loving it.  Watching you two love each other is the best part about being your mommy.  I know we have years of tattling and pestering back and forth coming so I am soaking all of this sweetness in for now.
My little champion teether.  You have your front four teeth in on the top and bottom and 3 molars.  You ran a little fever with the molars, but remained super sweet and happy.  That sweet toothy grin gets me every time.  You explore the world with your mouth.  I have pulled so many nasty things out of your mouth including a wasp, grass, rocks, bark and the occasional my little pony.
Everyone was right.  There is just something so special about little boys.  I love your slobbery kisses and your snuggles are the best.  I love how you lay your head on my shoulder and pretend to be shy. You give love on demand and lean in for more even when we stop asking for it.  I am pretty sure you will always be "baby Jack" to us.  You have brought so much joy and laughter to our family.  You are such a special little man and I know God has big plans for you.  You are loved beyond measure dear one.  Happy Birthday!
Photos by mama in our back yard :)

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