Boy howdy I loved that outfit! So adorable!
I can't believe it. Three years ago they finally placed little Kolton in my arms. I never thought that day would come, and now it's come and flown on by......
Our first picture together.....
This was the day we brought Kolton home from the hospital. The outfit he is wearing is preemie size. I loved that hat. (We couldn't believe how skinny he was, none of the newborn clothes fit him at first, including newborn diapers. Luckily, my mom lent me a few of the twins' old clothes. Of course he grew right out of that size in two seconds since he was so tall!)
*The Rapella family was such a big part of our lives before Kolton came. Those two beautiful girls in the picture are Madelyn (8) and Mia (3). I was their nanny until we moved to Utah shortly after Kolton was born. Being a nanny prepared me so much for being a mommy, and I truly love these girls with all my heart. They will always have a special place in my heart and I will never forget all their love, kindness, and generosity. They were our family away from home and we feel so very blessed to know them.
Kolton and Wes' first nap together. (notice the huge newborn clothes) These two bonded right away of course. Wes is such a good Daddy. :)
He was always wide awake at night. I just loved all his wild hair!
This is at two weeks. He rolled over onto his tummy earlier this day. Boy, was I shocked!
Fast forward a few months....
We loved to go to Liberty Park and play in the water....Our first family hike. Kolton loved it and fell right to sleep. (PS - don't ever buy the Eddie Bauer packs! They stink! Be smart and go with the Baby Bjorn.)
He used to love sleeping with his legs crossed....
Kolton's first Bear Lake trip. He loved riding the boat!
This kid was a binky baby and he would wake up the MINUTE it fell out of his mouth. We had to drape the burpcloth across his face......the things you do for a moment of peace....
His first birthday. Those are so fun!Showing me his smile. He used to do anything for a banana.
Another funny way he slept for awhile....
Second birthday. It was on Easter. He loved those glasses! He put on quite a show for us.
Proud nephew. Isn't this sweet?
C'mon now. Who can't smile when you look at that face? Kolton has such a contagious passion and zest for life. He's a VERY busy, but very fun little boy. Boy howdy he keeps me on my toes! He is such a special little boy and has such an amazing spirit. He is a very bright little boy and as he gets to be better and better at talking it's so fun to hear what's coming out of his mouth, to see the world as he does. He is very nurturing and is a great big brother to Micah. He loves to be with me all the time, which means sometimes I have to lock myself in the bathroom to get a few moments of peace, but mostly it just makes me feel so special and loved to have a little sidekick with me wherever I go. He is definitely a "Mama's boy!" He loves to help me cook, clean, work in the garden, fold the laundry, etc. He loves his new job chart and does his jobs faithfully every day. He was definitely born for the spotlight and loves to make people laugh. This kid isn't shy at all! Kolton loves to sing, dance, and play music. He loves to draw and play with playdough. He loves to be outside and he's live at the park if I'd let him. He also shares my love of animals, and we have so much fun going to the farm or playing with Chance together. I feel so lucky to be this boy's mommy. I could go on about him forever.....he's so special to me. I thank Heavenly Father every day for him, and I feel so grateful he is the oldest child and the one setting an example for his younger siblings. One of the things he says a lot right now is, "Look Mommy! We playing together." Kolton has such a strong sense of right and wrong already. He is so obedient (most of the time anyway.) He's so sensitive to when things aren't right, which really helps guide and direct me, and helps me be a better mommy. He is such a strong spirit and it's been so incredible and fun to watch him grow. I'm so grateful to be his Mommy!
I still can't believe he's three. It went by so fast! I love you, Kolton, with all my heart. Happy Birthday, Big Boy!