I became a mommy.
He was the most precious chubby, bald-headed baby you had ever seen. He had only white fuzz on his head until he was about 2. The nursery workers at church all nick-named him the "cabbage patch baby." They must not have been far off because at a drive-through once, the lady asked me if I had a Cabbage Patch in my carseat. It must have been one of those rare moments when he wasn't crying!! :)
There has not been a dull moment in Jake's six years. He has kept us on our toes every minute. Jake loves to play tricks. He will hide your keys in a heartbeat and probably forget where he hid them! He loves to tell jokes and laughs big belly laughs at every one he tells.
Sports of all kinds are his true love - much to his daddy's delight! He has had a passion for football since he could stand and hold a ball. He can already throw a mean spiral! He looks forward to the start of football season each year when he and his daddy go to every game they can, regardless of the team! It is the rare time when he sits without moving to pay close attention to the game.
He asks more questions than I could possibly ever answer. And if your answer doesn't quite match what he had in mind, he will quickly inform you that you are wrong and give you the "correct" answer.
His favorite playmate is his sister, but he doesn't admit it often. He would rather play outside than anywhere. He owns Clemson, Florida State, and Carolina Panthers football uniforms and on most days you will find him in the front yard sporting one while practicing his plays. His absolute favorite time to play football in the yard is if it is raining! It never fails that if we are out and it starts raining, he begs to go home so he can play.
He has a huge imagination and can dream up elaborate games inside and out. He prefers those games to toys any day!
He is friendly to a fault and there isn't a stranger in this world. He often offers up more information to them than his mom cares to share! He also asks more embarrassing questions of them than mom would care to remember!!
He is often complimented on his sweet southern manners when we are out and about and he loudly calls out for a waitress or a cashier, "MAM, MAAAAAAMMMMMM!!!". They overlook the loud, persistent calling since he is afterall, calling them mam. :)
He is as strong-willed as the day is long and independent is his middle name. He has been desperately trying to be "big" since he knew how to walk and talk.
We often find him in our room sleeping in his sleeping bag or at our bedside begging to come snuggle. He often says, "Mom, after daddy leaves for work, I'm coming to cuddle with you." He curls right up with you and must be touching you in some way while he sleeps. He knows exactly when to rub daddy's back to make daddy forget all about bedtime!
He is a succer for anything that has to do with water. Don't dare leave him alone with a sink or a water fountain....he will quickly find a way to cover himself and anything or anyone around and leave it dripping! Likewise with anything liquid or semi-liquid in form...he'll squirt it, sling it, spit it, or spew it before you can shout, "Jaaaaaaakkkkkkeeeee, DON'T!!!!!" ;)
He keeps us on our toes but we would not trade him for anything in this world.
His sweet cuddles and "I Love You's" make up for every little trick he pulls.
Genesis 49:3 is absolutely my verse for Jake. He was no doubt the first sign of my strength. There is a bond that you have with your firstborn that is like no other. Your firstborn teaches you what it means to be a mom. He teaches you what it means to love and give beyond what you ever thought you were able.
He is the first child his daddy and I ever loved with every ounce of our being and will always be....our precious firstborn.
Happy 6th Birthday Jake!! We love you!!
Momma, Daddy, and Ella Kate