He’s 5! He’s 5!! He’s 5 :-(

Yes, our little man is growing up. Explain to me, people, how that happened so dad gum fast.

Us in the NICU, freaking out (ok, so we don’t look freaked out here, that was the exhaustion mixed with happiness, with a dash of delirium) because his heart kept skipping a beat in utero. Lo and behold, though, an overnight stay in these first-class accommodations cleared up the abnormality and it’s never returned.

Let’s count backwards, shall we??
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There is so much to love about John Paul – his laugh, his blue eyes, his mischief, his ER visits, his love for his brother and sisters, the way he says “free/three”, “actuwee” and “broder/brother”. I could fill a novel with just how much I love this kid.
John Paul, your life is a gift. Being your mom is an honor. It’s my wish that every family has a little John Paul in it…


  1. amanda on January 22, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    Gotta love that little guy!

  2. Nicole on January 22, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    Oh my goodness… They do grow up too fast! What a beautiful family you have… Enjoy this special day!

  3. Jennifer on January 22, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    Give him big hugs from us.

  4. Shannon on January 22, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    Happy Birthday John Paul! Hope you get to do lots of boy stuff!

  5. Kelley on January 23, 2009 at 2:28 am

    What a handsome guy! I love seeing John Paul get bigger in each pic, but I also like seeing progression of the Whitaker clan! Pretty cool. Thanks for sharing, and we hope he had a great day!

  6. Kathryn on January 23, 2009 at 4:54 am

    It was a fantastic day. And as John Paul says, “I get another birthday on Saturday!” Ain’t it great to be 5? Thanks for all the well wishes!!

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