Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Happy Birthday Jayla Joy!

Jayla turns the big #1 TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yep, 1 year ago today she was born at 2:17pm, and weighed in at 7 pounds, 11 oz!!!!
Some things I remember from that day were playing the card game ‘rummy’ with Jake while we waited for my contractions to get rolling and then waiting too long to get my epidural…so long that I got it about 10 minutes before my labor was OVER and I felt everything. I remember Jake saying, ‘oh, if Eve just wouldn’t have eaten that apple’…yes he said that right during ‘go time’ and he made all the nurses laugh but I am sure you guessed that I wasn’t laughing! I also remember that once Jayla was born I couldn’t believe how dark her eyes were, and how chunky her thighs were! It was the complete opposite of what JJ looked like when he was born.
Then, I will never forget what happened when we brought her home. We walked in the door and JJ came walking down the hallway to meet us. But, when he saw Jake carrying Jayla in the carseat he tipped over upside down and screamed at the top of his lungs….and he cried and cried. I think he thought Jayla would be spending her life at the hospital and not actually be coming home to join our family. Oh boy, once I saw his reaction I started crying, then my mom started crying, and I felt so bad for him. Thankfully, as everyone told me, those mommy guilty feelings, and big brother jealousy feelings subsided over time, and now we can’t even remember what life was like without our sweety girl!

We celebrated Jayla’s birthday a little early this past Sunday so that we could have some family and friends over for a BBQ and some cake and ice cream! Here are some pictures from the party:
The cake...made with love by Grandma Lori

The Dress

My first guest...Great Grandma

JJ waits for the rain to stop. He's got lots of playing to do once our friends get here.

Oh look, Jerzey Dawn came to celebrate! She got home from Jerusalem just in time for my party! Jerzey's mommy was good friends with my mommy in college, and our daddys played basketball together at ISU.
Would you dare take this bunch shopping?

Flashback 1 year ago....AHHHHH look at those bellies!

Time to open presents! JJ will help me.

JJ got me a tinkerbell phone. He picked it out all by himself.

Mommy & Daddy got me a doll that eats, cries, laughs and coos.

Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me.

Sure, I'll taste it.

I'm done now.

In my princess jammies and ready for bed. What a great party!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JAYLA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WE LOVE YOU!!!

5 comments:

Jon and Jennifer said...

Happy Birthday Jayla!! Looks like you guys had a great time this weekend and that Jayla didn't like her cake to well :) Gosh how time flys when your having fun!!

Stephanie said...

Happy Birthday, Jayla!!! Can't believe you're 1 already!

renee0576 said...

Happy Birthday, Jayla Joy! Your mommy and daddy definitely knew what they were doing when they gave you your name - you are such a JOY! But then, maybe they should have named you Jayla Adorable :)

Hollie said...

Happy Birthday Jayla! Your comment about JJ's reaction to Jayla when she came home from the hospital reminded me of Gabe with Ty except Gabe cried in the hospital when he came to visit the first time(we have a great picture of it) isn't it fun to watch their relationship progress! Hope you guys have a wonderful day.

Michelle said...

Happy Birthday precious Jayla!!! You look like you had a fun birthday party just like me. We're so glad you are a Sullivan! Your smiles truly do bring JOY!

Love,
Elly Sieh & fam :)