Happy 3rd Birthday

Dear Jackson,

Remember when you were able to celebrate your birthday as an only child?  Those days are long gone… but no matter how many siblings you have, or how many dogs are barking in the house, today (April 27th) will always be your special day.  You will ALWAYS be our little boy.  You will always be the first.  Plus… you will always be the oldest… that carries its benefits too!

When you were first born, I was drinking a Snapple Raspberry Ice Tea thinking that this wasn’t going to be so hard.  Then I held you for the first time and immediately knew I was wrong and that this was going to be REALLY HARD.  I realized that I was going to be in charge of a miniature human being.  I looked at you and realized I was going to be responsible for keeping you from getting hurt (I’ve failed at that… a lot), making sure you stayed out of trouble (I’ve definitely failed at that), and most importantly supporting you in your growth into a smart, persistent, funny and caring young man… in that… I have not failed.

The last year has been filled with many different emotions, as well as filled with many different interesting situations including your trips to the hospital, to you starting basketball practice and now with you about to start Preschool.  Watching you open gifts this morning, especially watching you try on your new book bag made me think of a time where I was trying to figure out how to get you to drink your bottle without throwing up on me… now I’m wondering who is going to open your milk container at school if you can’t do it.

I know they say time flies when you’re having fun, but honestly, I think time flies all the time.  The time I spend away from you seems like eternity, but when we are together having fun, eternity doesn’t seem long enough.

I hope your third birthday brings you new beginnings filled with happiness, laughter and wonderment.  I am so proud of you.  You make mom and me so very happy!  Keep smiling, keep asking questions and most importantly keep being you!

Happy Birthday to my [not so] little boy,

Love Always,


April 27, 2014


April 27, 2015


April 27, 2016

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April 27, 2017


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