It was Halloween 5 years ago. I was a week overdue, miserably pregnant and sooooo ready for you to enter our family!
You arrived at 5:32p.m. (I will always remember the exact time because it was the same as our address in military time 1732)
Your birth was such a wonderful birth....
Since I was a week overdue we scheduled your induction for Halloween morning. I knew what to expect, the laboring started slowly throughout the day. Daddy, Nana and Omie were all there waiting with me, excited to see you enter the world. In the afternoon I had asked for the epidural right at the point when I couldn't tolerate the pain any longer. I remember the relief of that wonderful epidural (what a sweet thing), being able to rest and relax until the action really started. As things were gearing up for your entrance in the world Daddy ordered a pizza, but by the time it was delivered it was also that time to push. So, the room smelled like Daddy's favorite pizza for you to enter the world!
Jack, your name did not come to us immediately. We had a list we were talking about but became distracted when your jaundice became very severe. You had been born with a high billirubin level and it only increased in your first day. They took you from us and sent you to St. Mary's hospital in Madison to try and get the blood levels under control. It was scary and sad that they wouldn't let us ride with you in the ambulance to the hospital. We met you there. I was so sad when I saw your incubator and it said, "Baby Boy Rikkers". You looked so large compared to the other babies in the NICU....the nurses said you were a giant there being born overdue. But you were very sick. They poked and proded at you with needles and it made us incredibly sad, but we knew they were doing exactly what your little body needed.
On your 3rd day, while you were in the NICU and we stayed at the Ronald McDonald house, we thought about your name more. One of the nurses said you were a little Jack-o-latern because you were born on Halloween and were glowing a yellow-orange color from your jaundice. That comment along with the fact that we just loved the name Jack sealed your name. When you were born your face looked like an old man and reminded me of my grandfather. Right after you were born Nana said you reminded her of her father Poppy just as I was about to say the same thing. Which is why your middle name is Anderson after that side of the family.
And look at you today at 5 years old. Equal parts spunk and sweetness. You give the best hugs and snuggles. So spirited, mischievious and at times stubborn...know what you want and don't want. With a laugh that is so absolutely contagious. You feel things deeply and love big.
We feel so honored to be guiding you in this world
We love you sweet boy...
Happy Birthday Jack Jack!