Monday, September 16, 2013

Sweet Jude, you are 3!


Three years ago you came screaming into our lives. For the past two years I'd say, "And here you are still screaming!" But not this year, my Bug. This year you have grown and changed into an amazing, sweet, slightly cautious, non-screaming (hallelujah!!) little boy.
This is one of my favorite pictures from the wee hours of the morning after you were born. In that moment it was just me and you. I held you and memorized all of your features, you amazed me how much you looked like Brock, but yet were so different.

In true Jude fashion you cried while eating your first birthday cake. We couldn't help but laugh as you kept shoveling in cake while screaming.

As your second birthday rolled around things were beginning to get easier, you were coming into your little personality. It was a lot of fun to watch you grow into your own person.

Now you are 3, my Bug. I am not quite sure how it went from counting down the months until your colic would be over, to suddenly you being 3. I feel like life was fast forwarded this year in a big way. You started school, had language explosions, went from a crib to a big boy bed, potty trained, and went on vacations (with and without mom and dad!) It has been a BIG year for you.
Things you love:
Your brother, he is your #1 most favorite thing. Your 2nd favorite thing is your daddy. You are a daddy's boy through and through. You also love your dogs, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, your "b's", the ocean, bacon, tractors, and horses.

You are a cautious little one who likes to evaluate the entire situation before you dive head first into any thing. You try so hard to keep up with your big brother, and succeed a lot of the time. You are sensitive, and you get your feelings hurt very easily. You love to cuddle and just be still, which is a huge difference for us, Brock was never still! You have a kind heart, you are quick to say please and thank you. You are stubborn, oh so stubborn, you come from a long line of stubborn people. I hope you do great things with your strong will and stubbornness later in life.
Your smile and laugh make my day, I am so, so glad to be your mom. You have taught me so much about life and what true, unconditional love it. You have taught me to love when it wasn't it easy. You have made me grow and stretch in ways I was not expecting but I am so glad for all of our challenges. It was through those challenges that our bond was forged and there is nothing that will ever be able to break that.
I love you to the moon and back, my bug, you are my sunshine!
Happy Birthday sweet boy!!