Jacen turned FOUR today!

He has gotten so big!  He’s come such a long way from the tiny baby in the NICU.  Here are pictures from the day he was born and from his 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th birthdays.

Getting a decent picture of his cute smile is still a challenge though!

We started Jace’s birthday celebrations a night early.  We knew we’d be out late on his actual birthday, so we did cake and presents on the 22nd.  Jace seemed okay with that!  He got some great presents – awesome books, a bug catcher, a cool magnet kit, a calendar similar to the one he used in preschool, and lots of other fun stuff.  He was happy!

Right before bed last night, I asked Jace how old he was.  He said “three” and held up three fingers (it’s always the index finger, the middle finger, and the pinky – I love it!).  This morning, I asked him how old he was.  He said “four” and held up four fingers.  So big!

We went to Friendly’s for breakfast.  Jace had pancakes with m&ms.  Then, they sang happy birthday to him and brought him a special treat – a bowl of whipped cream with sprinkles and a candle.  Haha.  Jace loved it.  Then we came home and Jace got a chance to try out his new roller skates (he was laying on the ground in the entry way because “I can’t fall if I’m already on the ground”).

Tonight, we went to the IronPigs game.  Jace was the official Play Ball Kid of the Game!  YAY JACEN!  He got a special shirt (why do they only have adult mediums when the Play Ball Kid is always 3-6 years old?) and got to stand on the dugout before the game started.  After the National Anthem, they gave him a microphone and he yelled, “PLAY BALL!”  Jace was AMAZING!  He was so brave (“brave and strong”)!

Here are two different angles of Jace’s PLAY BALL performance!

Play Ball – Jumbotron – video

Play Ball – Jacen – video

After Jace got the game started, he had a hot dog, had an ice cream (which he shared with Luke!), and then we headed to the grassy hill to play.  Jace got his Play Ball Kid shirt signed by FeRROUS and FeFe.  At the end of the game an entire team of baseball players came up to Jace and asked for his autograph.  They had sharpies and had him sign wooden bats, baseball cards, baseballs, hats, and all kinds of other stuff.  Jace felt famous (he really did – it was very adorable).

After the game, we headed home for BIRTHDAY CAKE (of course!) and bed.  I hope Jace had a wonderful birthday.  I can’t believe he’s FOUR YEARS OLD already!  xoxoxoxo!



2 thoughts on “FOUR!

  1. Love these pictures, especially the ones of Jacen in his oversized T-shirt! I’m happy that he had such an exciting birthday.

  2. This is the post I’ve been waiting for!!! Jacen is so cute. I love the pictures of his long journey from NICU to baseball field! So cute in the shirt and adorable on the jumbo tron. I love him soooooo much. Glad his birthday was so fun. Also glad he got a bug catcher cuz I was unable to get one for him. Love love love.

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