As the previous post said, I'm always behind. Grrr...seems like there's never enough time to do what I need to or at least what I should. But poor Joe! I think he gets the worst of it! Since his birthday falls so close to the beginning of the school year, I think I kind of overlook it. It just kind of sneaks up on my each year. I know, I know, bad mom!! But he never complains. He is such a sweet, kind and loving boy. And he was from the beginning.
Joe was my earliest baby. He was born at 37 weeks and 6 days. There was some concern that with how quickly Emmy came (labor was a total of about 1 hour) that Joe would make his appearance before we could get to the hospital, even though we only lived about 15 minutes from it. And since Emmy was almost 2 weeks early we wanted to make sure that didn't happen. So, on September 2, 2004 I went in to be induced. My labor though was nowhere near as fast as Emmy's and Josiah Redeker made his apearance into our lives at 3:04pm. He was my smallest baby at only 7lbs 10oz. But he'd grow into my chubbiest!
Notice those big cheeks and his buddha belly? He was such a happy baby and he loved to laugh.
He also loved to carry his purse around. And each of the boys after him have also adopted that same purse to carry around their prized possesions in.
A couple of quirky things about Joe was that when he got his teeth in he didn't get the middle ones in first. He got the ones next to them! It's hard to see in this picture, but for several weeks the boy had fangs! It was HILARIOUS!!
He also went through a phase where he loved all things cowboy. Notice the strategically placed gun?
He also had the most adorable dimples in his cheeks....
Other cheeks! It's most noticeable in his right cheek, but when he smiles just right, you can see them in both.
This boy is almost always smiling! And he's such a heartbreaker.
I think this picture is one of my most favorite of all time!! He was such a handsome little boy!
And he's becoming such a handsome young man. This little man holds a special place in my heart. He was my first really cuddly baby and probably the goofiest too! He brings such joy and laughter into our lives and I'm so grateful that we were chosen by the Lord to be his eternal family.
I'm also so proud that he has made the choice to be baptized this year. In our church, we don't baptize infants since they are without sin and are in a state of innocence and learning. Baptism is not done until at least 8 years old. That is when children reach the age of accountability. They interview with their Bishop to make sure they understand what baptism means and what covenants they are making with the Lord. It isn't a step to be taken lightly and we are so proud that Joe has chosen to take that step in the near future.
We are so proud of Joe and the person that he is. He is a kind and loving big brother and son. He loves hugs and kisses and making those around him laugh. He is definitely a special boy and we are so glad to call him our son! We love you Joe!
HAPPY belated 8th BIRTHDAY JOSIAH!!
WE LOVE YOU SO VERY MUCH!!