Happy Birthday, Jacen!

Jace is ONE YEAR OLD today!100_6033

I can’t believe it’s already been a whole year.  It’s definitely been eventful!

In the past year, Jace has….
* been on 18 airplanes (ranging from 45 minutes to 9.5 hours)
* been to over 75 doctor/weight/therapy appointments
* spent 14 nights in the NICU
* spent 56 nights in hotels
* been admitted to 3 hospitals
* gotten two teeth – the second one showed up last night!
* lived in 2 states
* been to (or through) 20 states
* met both co-creators of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
* ridden in/on a plane, car, ambulance, trolley, cable car, and boat
* touched the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans
* been in over 12,000 pictures!

For Jace’s birthday, we had a small party with some of his friends.  We tried for a group photo, but it was a disaster.  Three out of the five kids are crying in this picture and another is on the verge….  SIGH!100_6021

But it really was a happy party for the most part!  Everyone ate pizza and other snacks.  100_6018

It was impressive how quickly ALL of the toys ended up on the floor.  The cats were hugely popular and were very tolerant of all the “attention”.  Several toys traveled through the kitty door and over/through the baby gates.  There were very few tears – other than during the attempted group picture.  By the time all of his friends left, Jace was exhausted!  I know the picture is blurry, but there’s no way I was going to use a flash and risk waking him up!100_6024 100_6025  100_6014 100_6026

After his nap, Jace ate a cookie (and almost shared with Cuervo!) and we played with some new toys.  Adam came home in time for birthday dinner and presents!   100_6029 100_6030

Throwing a party is exhausting, apparently.  I’m headed to bed in the hopes that Jace will sleep 2 hours uninterrupted again tonight (for the third night in a row!) and I can get 2 hours of sleep in a row too.  Jace is so lucky to have so many people in his life who love him so much!  More pictures – including all the “month” pictures – tomorrow!

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2 thoughts on “Happy Birthday, Jacen!

  1. Happy birthday Jacen! I can’t believe it’s been a year!!
    I still remember the phone call where you told me… But I’m pretty sure you don’t…

    That’s a pretty impressive list of his accomplishments in year 1… Imagine his list for next year….

    And next time just tell them not to take the song it’s my party and ill cry if I want to sooooo seriously!

    Looks like lots o fun!!

  2. I was laughing out loud when I read this post! How adorable! The party looks like a great success! I’m so glad you have mommy and baby friends! It’s the best to have that interaction for Jace and the support of other moms going through what you do at the same time. I’m excited to see you guys! You are terrific parents! It shows in Jace’s happy demeanor! xoxo Be

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