Hunter Turns 7

Today is Hunter's 7th birthday! I have to admit that last night after I got done reading to him and we were talking and laughing, I actually SAW the last 7 years flash before my eyes and I had to leave the room before I started to cry :( I saw his crazy curly hair and his chubby

2-year-old cheeks and his proud big-brother grin..... where has the time gone?!
Here is our little guy when he was 4 days old. We went to the hospital late Sunday night (Super Bowl Sunday), but the contractions had stopped by the time we got there. (Nothing like being first-time parents and jumping the gun :) But they let us stay and rest, and induced me at 6:00 AM the next morning.

The whole "giving birth" thing kinda did a number on me, as they'd gotten the epidural too high, which made me numb from my neck down! And Hunter's heartbeat dropped way down right before he was born because the cord was wrapped around his neck twice, so that was VERY scary. But our families were there to support us and help us through, and Hunter Reece Kleinow was born at 2:57 PM on that sunny Monday afternoon.

He had a ton of brown curly hair and weighed 7 lbs. 9 oz. and was 21 1/4 inches long. He was perfect! He was such a happy, silly baby and everyone adored him. Being the first grandchild on my side and the second on Dave's side, he was pretty much SPOILED!
His hair soon turned blonde, and grew into this huge mess. We cut his hair, but it just got curlier!
We honestly thought it was cute at the time, but whenever we look back at the pictures, Dave & I look at each other and say, "We let him go out in public looking like this?" Haha!
He's been to a TON of Mariner games in his short life! We've made him into a life-long fan :)

And boy, does he LOVE his Daddy!

Here he is with me and Aunt Kris on his 3rd birthday. He was a Nemo fanatic!

Preschool and Kindergarten flew by, and here we are with a 7-yr. old 1st grader! There are so many things we love and appreciate about Hunter. He is kind and compassionate; he can tell when you need cheering up. :) He is obedient (for the most part) and always tries to do the right thing. He is helpful! He is a great big brother! He is SMART and is great at all kinds of sports. Also, he is a superb video game player...( I thought maybe he'd like it if I put that in - haha :)

Hunter ~ We love you SOOOO much and you've made us so proud. We hope your birthday is as awesome as you are! Love ~ Mom


Ali said...

Okay, I'm giving myself a comment because I'm tired of seeing "0 comments" on this wonderful post! LOLOLOLOL!

the davila family said...

I'm almost crying, and I've never even met him! So...well done! Happy 7th, Hunter!

Katy said...

I read it, got tears in my eyes, but couldn't leave a comment because I had a little man in my arms! You guys should be so proud of Hunter! He is an amazing little boy and we are all blessed to know him! Can't wait to celebrate with you guys tomorrow!

Colleen said...

YAY! I can finally leave comments again with the new computer. I love all these Hunter pictures. He's such a CUTIE! And he sure is lucky to have such a good momma! oh and Daddy and little bro too!
miss you Ali.