Hey “J”, “Jo”, “Barrett Baby”, “Jonas Bonus” and all the many names your brothers, Dad, and I have given you. We are all in love and delight over you. My precious boy you have brought so much joy (and chaos) into our lives! Happy Birthday my little one.
June 12, 2014:
Our first picture together! So relieved you were finally here. You arrived so quickly and hands first ready to reach out and grab hold of the world. This is still your personality.
Dad was happy to have another son. All the nurses commented on your looks and hair.
Your brothers wanted to wrestle and get in your face. They were SO EXCITED!
You were alert from the beginning. Smiling at only 2 weeks! (And I know it wasn’t gas.)
You went on your first trip to Illinois.
And charmed everyone.
Have I mentioned your smile?
You also lost all your hair at this point.
People often confuse you for a girl because you are just so pretty. They still say ‘she.’
We dressed you as Smee for a Halloween. You were a great sport.
I tried to make intentional time to walk with you, but it was so hard with your two brothers.
Do you remember the RSV? No? Don’t worry, neither do I.
And the ear infections?
You, once again, remained happy and such a delight.
I dressed you in a bonnet for Christmas.
You had the flu and we had to take you to the E.R.
A new year with no illness and that cute bonnet.
I was really trying to push food on you because you are so tiny.
And then the teething began.
Your brothers adore you.
And I think you are fond of them, too.
Along with pickles!
I tried anything to get you to eat. Here you are trying red peppers. A success!
You started getting around.
And you also noticed what others were doing.
You quickly caught on and soon you were right in the middle of the action.
This was also the point that you started crawling.
Have I mentioned that smile?
Under, over, on top of everything!
First bike ride with Dad.
We discovered your love for the water.
I adore this picture of you – alert, happy, and ready for mischief.
Your personality beginning to shine.
Clapping is one of your favorites!June
Keeping on moving! Keep on growing! Keep on laughing! We are all rooting for you!