Saturday, July 5, 2008

A Story

Once upon a time in 2000, these two people got married.

Time went on and in July of 2001, July 5th to be precise, this happened:

He got cuter. :)

His birth was somewhat sudden for us. Having had no complications throughout my pregnancy, I was astonished to be diagnosed with pre-eclampsia at my 36 week appointment and sent to the hospital right away. Two days later Jamie was coming into the world via an emergency C-section.

He was teeny, teeny tiny at first. Weighing only 4 lbs. 9 oz. when born, he was down to 4 lbs. 4 oz. when we left the hospital. He swam in his preemie clothes, hastily purchased when we realized he was going to be a whole month early. Over time, he grew. By December of 2001, he was still tiny by growth chart standards, but I thought he was getting pretty big by Jamie standards. :) He took his first trip to Grandmommy's house, had his first solid food, and celebrated his first Christmas.

We celebrated his first birthday with cake, of course. Jamie had 2 cakes; one at each grandmother's house. Here's a picture of his second one.

Over the years since, he has grown and grown. I put together a photo collage last year that illustrates this so perfectly I felt justified in reproducing it here.

Jamie at age 6 (shown here with cousin Maddie) was a sweet child who constantly delighted us all with his intelligence and curiosity.

In this last year, Jamie has lost 4 teeth, made new neighborhood friends, done excellently with his 1st grade schoolwork, and continued to be the bright, loving, and curious little person he has always been. His interests this year have been dinosaurs (a long continuing interest), space (ditto), geography, and of course his Playmobil worlds. He's enjoyed playing games on our Wii and spending time with his cousins both in Delaware and Tennessee whenever he can. He's becoming more and more involved with the other children at church, including singing in the children's choir this summer. As we move on to 2nd grade work, he will be starting the new adventure of joining a homeschool co-op where he'll be learning with other children one day a week.

Every year with Jamie has been such a blessing and an adventure for me that I can't wait to see what this year holds for us. Happy birthday, dearest boy. I love you so much.


Jenrose said...

Great! However, I can't see the right sides of most of the pictures as they are under the sidebar.

Angie said...

Those are great! Happy Birthday to Jamie! I'm going to try to catch up on your blog today. I'm so behind on all my reading. ;-)