4 years ago, around 1 or 2 am, you began coming into the world.  After a roller coaster journey, (for both of us) you finally arrived at 10:52 pm weighing in at 8 lbs, 3 oz and 20 inches long.

A fresh, clean and hungry baby Cooper
A fresh, clean and hungry baby Cooper

You were a beautiful baby boy and I was overwhelmed with the feelings of love I had for you right from the start.

Cooper and I around Day #2
Cooper and I around Day #2

When we were in the recovery room together, Daddy and I sang Happy Birthday to you! We were so thrilled to meet you.

The next year of your life we all learned a lot about each other. Mommy and Daddy learned that our lives needed to slow down a bit and that we couldn’t just think about ourselves anymore. But we also learned how much fun a new little person was to have around. We all laughed a lot together.

Cooper's First Halloween
Cooper's First Halloween

We had a whole year full of firsts with you and we relished every one of them. That first year went by so quick! I can hardly believe it.

1st Birthday Cake courtesy of Auntie Jessie
1st Birthday Cake courtesy of Auntie Jessie
Lunging with Happiness at your 1st Birthday Pool Party
Lunging with Happiness at your 1st Birthday Pool Party

After that first year, our lives really kicked into high gear. Daddy went to bootcamp after he joined the Army, we sold our house on Green Jade, and then we moved out to Washington! You turned 2 years old in a brand-new house in Ft. Lewis.

New House, New Bedspread, and New Year! You were 2!
New House, New Bedspread, and New Year! You were 2!

Once you hit 2, it was no holding back. You were starting to go potty on the big boy potty, (but we didn’t potty train you until you were 2 and 1/2) you were talking a ton and you started riding a bike!

Cooper's First Bike
Cooper's First Bike

We had a lot of fun that year as your personality and sense of humor really started to blossom.  We had some tough spots to work through also, but it really didn’t get too bad until you turned 3…

Train Birthday Party July 2008, You're 3!
Train Birthday Party July 2008, You're 3!

Around December, we hit a pretty rough spot and had to shift gears as a Mommy and Daddy. You weren’t just handling the easy-peasy discipline you used to handle. We had to get creative! We found a behavior chart and got a few rules ironed out and you adjusted really well. That was a big year for you as you learned social manners like how to treat your friends, how to speak nicely and how to do some things all by yourself. You got better and better about going potty all by yourself, you learned to dress yourself (and undress yourself), you learned how to brush your teeth yourself and do all sorts of “big boy” things like that.

Your zest for life really started to burst this year and then all the sudden, you turned 4!

Time for a Big Boy Carseat amongst other things-You're 4!
Time for a Big Boy Carseat amongst other things-You're 4!

So now we are at today, the day you turn 4. You are such a bright and sweet spirited boy. You are chocked full of confidence and yet you are incredibly affectionate and sensitive. You compliment people all on your own, you tell jokes, you ride a big boy bike (this year’s big gift) and you do all sorts of things all by yourself. You are an excellent big brother and helper to Daddy and I.

In everything you do, you operate at a level 10; good or bad. If it’s good-it’s really good and if it’s bad, well, it’s REALLY bad. You are excited about everything you see and do and I’m pretty sure you think you are invinceable. You are inspiring to be around and we are so blessed to be your parents.

My prayer for you is that God would give us as your parents the wisdom and strength to capture and harness your zest for life so that you have good control and can push all that strength and courage into the right places. We pray you will continue to seek out all that life has to offer with all the love in your heart and that you will continue to take joy in what God has made here on this earth. I hope you continue to enjoy nature, I pray you continue to ask me 437 questions a day (gulp) and that my occasional annoyance does not break your desire to know all you can about all that is around you. May God continue to help you grow in grace and mercy and may you continue in your innocent love and constant sense of faith in Him.

I love you sweet boy-you are the apple of our eyes. MWA!

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4 thoughts on “Happy 4th Birthday Cooper Jay

  1. Happy 4th Birthday, Cooper. May you have many, many more. I know Grandma is enjoying her stay with you, your mommy and brother.

    Tiffany, I love the pictures and your writing. My prayers are with you and your family daily. God Bless Jeremy as he keeps us all safe.

    Love to you and your beautiful family,

    Linda

  2. Hi Tiffany –

    I am a friend of Jeremy’s from back in the UPC, high school days…sigh…seems soooo long ago…and also the friend who called to tell you he was trying to get a hold of you the other day…Nice to meet you! I just want to tell you that you and your boys (and obviously Jeremy) are in my prayers daily. Your words are absolutely beautiful and touch my heart…and make me cry. I look forward to following the goings-on of your family while Jerm is gone, and will continue to pray for his safe return.

    Thank you for sharing all of your beautiful mommy/wife stories…they give such a special insight to your little family.

    God Bless you,
    Naomi

  3. Cooper, I remember the day you were born! It’s hard to believe it’s been 4 yrs. You are blessed with a wonderful Dad and an amazing Mom, you will know the full scope of that some day.

    Much love to you, Chase and your Mom. A special prayer for your Dad who is so brave.

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