Happy Birthday, Grayson James

Grayson James.. my second baby. When you are pregnant with your second, you wonder how you will ever be able to love another tiny human the way you love your first born. Then they hand you that sweet baby, and you instantly get it. Being a mother is amazing. I love each of my three babies so much, and have a unique relationship with each. Each baby stole a piece of my heart, and each little personality makes me melt differently from the others.

I had Kaia to myself for three and a half years. I was nervous to have another baby! Grayson’s original due date was December 24th, Christmas Eve. He was, and always will be, our favorite Christmas gift!

Kaia loved on her baby brother from the second she met him. I remember being so anxious for her to meet Grayson!

Grayson’s almost-Irish-twin, Reece, would come one year later. At times, I felt guilty about Grayson’s first year. I was absolutely exhausted about 100% of the time, and the year flew by!

I try hard to have a special relationship with each of my children, and while I am spread thin a lot of the days, I am so thankful they have each other. My grandmother told my mom, “the greatest gift you can give a child is a sibling.” She had EIGHT babies.. that is extremely generous, Gram! (Please do not take offense if you decided one baby was the perfect fit for your family, or if you are unable to have more babies. Families are perfect, big, small or full of fur babies!)

(Pictured above: Grayson and baby Reece)
I totally get what my grandmother meant now. I am so incredibly grateful for my three babies. I love that they have one another. I seriously melt when they light up just seeing one another. Life is expensive as a family of five; child care costs, groceries, seasonal clothes for each growth spurt.. it adds up. But living on a budget and purchasing off-brand items is such a minor sacrifice. We have far too much to be grateful for over here!

Gray is so important to our family! He is our loudest of the three, very sensitive (in a great way) and cautious. He is learning so much, and his little voice is the sweetest ever (when he is not screaming!)

Grayson James, your little face, squishy cheeks and absolutely gorgeous eyes are so incredibly precious to me. You are such a beautiful little person, inside and out.

I won’t wish for you stay little forever, because I know you are meant to do great things!

I will just keep chasing you around with a camera, snapping these sweet pictures, so I can always remember just how fun these days really are. Time is only going to move quicker with each passing year.. I’m just trying to soak it all in.

“yah sometimes this ol’ life will leave you wishin’.. that you had five more minutes..”

I loved reminiscing tonight, as the hours pass and my baby boy turns TWO! Thanks for looking back with me.

Jess. xo