Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Jack's First Birthday + Gender Reveal

Happy Tuesday everyone!  It's been a little bit since I have posted but so much has been going on!  I'll go ahead and warn you that this will probably be a long post. My baby just turned ONE and I am still in shock about it. Also, I am about 23 weeks pregnant. So lots of emotions are going on in this crazy/hormonal body of mine.  

I want to talk about Jack first (just typing this sentence makes me cry). This little boy is seriously the sweetest and best thing that could have happened to us. We could have never imagined how much happiness and love he would bring to our life. It is so hard for me to believe that it has already been a year since he came into this world. I am amazed by every little thing he does. When he blows me a kiss, brings me a book, signs "more" and "please".  The list goes on and on. People describe Jack as happy and serious. When I take him places with me and he sits in the buggy he smiles at every stranger, blows them kisses and waves. This makes Mike and I so proud. He is a ham and a charmer (just like his dad). When he was first born he was extremely alert. My friend Kacey said within a couple days that he is a "pensive little fella." And she was right. He is extremely curious (also just like his dad) and has been from the start.  Before he was born we prayed that he would bring joy to people. He has his fussy moments of course, but he brings joy everywhere he goes.  He is so stinkin' sweet and loving.  He never withholds hugs and kisses and he loves to make people laugh and smile. 

And in just a few more months, we will have another little addition to our family.  We found out a few weeks ago that it is a GIRL!  If you know me, you know that I am excited! I am a younger sister to a big brother and I am all things girly!  I was in complete shock when we found out.  Mike comes from a family of all boys and there hasn't been a Slater girl born in 87 years. I thought I was destined to have only boys. My pregnancy symptoms have been a little different but I was resigned to the thought that I would be a mom to a houseful of boys.  I get so emotional thinking about having a little girl because I can't wait to see Jack and her together. I have already began planning the nursery and buying bows and all things pink. I am in baby shopping heaven! We are extremely thankful that God is giving us a precious little girl.

If I am being honest, I am a little scared.  I love Jack so much it is hard to imagine having another baby!  I often wonder how I will have enough time to give them each enough attention.  I have always had this concern after having Jack but Mike has always said our hearts will grow and be able to love even more, just like God does with his children.  I was embarrassed and ashamed of these thoughts until talking to other moms with multiples who felt the same way. Thanks to all the moms out there who keep it real!

We had to go with a "lumberJACK" theme for Jack's birthday. I mean... come on!  It was so funny watching Jack look at everyone like "you are all here for me"?!  I think he didn't know what to think. We had a great time and included a gender reveal for baby girl. My mom killed it with the decorations and my mother-in-law made Jack's cake and the gender reveal ball. Most of the decorations came from Hobby Lobby and Etsy.

Thanks for stoppping by!

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