Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Birthday Boy

Today...was about The Birthday Boy.
One more birthday was added to his belt.
You know him as Jet...Jetty-Mo...Jetters...
Little Buddy...Little Man...Little Miracle
The Boo...The Boy...The Pod...The Rock Star...
Punkin' Pie...Curly-locks...Snuggle Bunny...
Yes, in little life our Doodlebug has had his share of nicknames...all of which I hope to remember and use from time to time when he's 18 and hanging out with his buddies, or bringing home his first girl friend, or going of to college...yes...I think I'll save "Snuggle Bunny" for the hallway his college dorm room....
I wonder if he'll still have his curly-locks...
Okay...my heart can't take anymore college talk...yikes...what was I thinking. Oh yeah...I was thinking he sure thinks he's big stuff. .
Too stinkin' big for his britches if you ask me.
I guess that's what being 2 is all about.
Being a little 2 silly...
A little 2 excitable...
A little 2 temperamental...
A little 2 curious...
A little 2 independent...
And growing up a little 2 fast...
I remember going to see him in the NICU for the first time...just days old...and wanting more than anything to get a cute little picture of his feet. To no avail - it was always too dark in the NICU (how dare they have such bad lighting right? Shine a light in those babies eyes nurse! I'm trying to take pictures! lol).
No matter.
I was in love with his feet. His little chubby toes - especially that one little toe that sticks up higher than the other. I fell in love with his tootsies before he was even born through ultrasound...and the love-affair continues to this day...
Is there anything sweeter than baby toes...or bath time...
Not unless you count every time he smiles...
Or his chubby hands griping the wash cloth he's chewing on...one precious remaining symbol of babyhood.
Life is precious. It is to be celebrated. How ever many moments, days, years we are given...they are a gift. I was reminded of this recently as I witnessed my sweet friend say hello and goodbye to her precious baby girl at the same time. Her angel - born asleep in heaven. She held her in her arms for only a little while. She knew how precious that time was going to be...and she cherished it. Now she can only hold her in her heart...until they meet again. This life - family, love, togetherness - they are all just a preview to a greater blessing waiting for us. Looking at my sweet boy - loving him - cherishing him - may feel like heaven on earth...but really - it's just earth.
Heaven is still waiting.
And the One waiting for us - He has given us 2 years today...and the promise of forever.
Today...every day...we are so thankful for our little boy...
our angel...our blessing...our gift...
Our Jet Montgomery Penny.
Happy Birthday.



11 comments:

Summers Family said...

Oh MY where oh where did the days go? I can not believe your little Jet is 2! I have adored that sweet boy of yours since right before he was born (when I found your blog). I have completely enjoyed watching him grow and develop and change in so many ways. You are truly a blessed family and we feel so lucky to call you our friends.

Happy birthday sweet boy and momma - I am deeply sorry I missed your special day Joanna. Not sure how it slipped but, but know I love you and hope your day was AWESOME!!

Happy birthday to two of my favorite people!

xoxo

Jamie said...

Happy birthday big boy, you are amazing!

Leigh and Andy said...

oh man, I started crying within the first few lines and by the end i was a WRECK!! I can't believe our little Jet is 2. I can't wait to see him in a few weeks!! Hopefully our boys will be a bit friendlier this time. :) They better be!! Love you and that sweet little snuggle bunny of yours.

Stefanie said...

2 already! Time sure does fly...I "met" you guys just before he turned one last year, and I have enjoyed following you ever since.

Sandy said...

Happy Birthday Jet!!!

Kaylin said...

ahhhh i cried!! and I blame your post not pregnancy! haha. When my son turned two I was barely able to wrap my head around it and now he starts kindergarten this year!!! Your boy is precious! I have a little sister who had curls just like that as a baby/kid and she still has em so you are in luck!

Congrats on two beautiful years!

Jill said...

OH, Joanna! So absolutely beautiful. What an awesome tribute to your little miracle. When did Jet get all those teeth? And when did he get so grown up looking, walking around and just being his sweet self? What an angel. I love this post. Congratulations to YOU on two wonderful mama years. You are doing an amazing job with that kid.

Our family said...

L.O.V.E this post! I only wish I could write like you! Jet is way 2 cute :) and I've loved reading your blog since last October. It's helped our family in many ways.
Happy Birthday sweet Jet!
Angie

Amanda said...

Happy Birthday Jet!
LOVE the nicknames! I gotta get more creative with ours. He is looking so grown up! Tear!

Stephanie said...

Oh dear, I'm late. :( Happy birthday sweet Jet! I've loved watching you grow into one amazing little boy! I can't believe he is TWO!!! I remember stumbling across your blog when he was still in the NICU. My, how time flies. So glad to be sharing all these moments with such wonderful people. Love you guys!

ainemc said...

Happy birthday Jet!
You have such a talent with photography Joanna, the pictures are just amazing. Love them, and your posts. xx

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