thinking back to that day, it's hard to imagine that jack is turning three. it really is true that you will never forget the birth of your children. i've listened to my mother tell her birth stories repeatedly, usually at my command, and i even remember her telling me that it feels like yesterday. delivering jack was likely the most incredible experience of my life. (and naturally, dylan is a close second!) but, just as my labor had its peaks and valleys so has this ride of raising him.
today's birthday party was a success. the kiddos came in adorable costumes, the art project was a hit and kept their attention for a shockingly long time, cupcakes were devoured, juice boxes were slurped, no blood was spilled by any child, toys were shared, smiles were plastered on everyone's face... yep, i'd say we did all right!
so after clean up and dinner, and after babies were put to bed, ben and i retreated to our room where the night wasn't quite over - i hadn't wrapped a single present and the biggest surprise of all was a set table and chairs that needed to be assembled. so, two hours later, i find myself in bed, typing away in an attempt to wind down and reflect. it's funny the things we do for our children. really, it's all to see their gorgeous faces light up in excitement. that alone is worth all the late hours, all the back and knee pain from putting teeny pieces of furniture together and paper cuts from the wrapping. that's why we do what we do. and as i think back to my own parent's late nights, seeing the hall light shine from the crack under my door, they were likely doing just the same. all in the name of love.