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Happy 10th Birthday, Jack!

Dear Jack,

When you went to bed last night, you were a 9 year old boy. You probably dreamed about Star Wars, and maybe a little about that pretty girl in your class that you won’t admit you like. And really, I know those things won’t change overnight. You’ll be the same boy today that you were yesterday.

But I know you’re different. And slowly, a little bit every day, you’re growing up on me. I’m trying to resist the urge to kick my feet and cry, because I know it’s got to happen. But double digits??? That’s just not fair. You can’t be 10 years old yet. It happened too fast.

You’re smart & hilarious & kind & sensitive… and hey, a little infuriating sometimes, but that’s ok. Before too long, I’m sure I’ll miss your 10-year-old infuriating mannerisms when your teenager-ness starts taking over our house.

I’m not sure how long you’ll let me keep doing Birthday photo shoots of you, but I hope you always let me capture the milestones in your life this way.

Happy birthday, to our wonderful 10-year-old Jack. We love you, and we’re proud of you!

  1. Mad

    March 21st, 2013 at 6:11 am

    These are TOO cool. Loves his shirt, aviators and converse! What a cutie!

  2. Jackie

    March 21st, 2013 at 9:00 am

    He really is a good looking kid!! Happy birthday kiddo!!

  3. Kevin

    March 21st, 2013 at 9:46 am

    First and last images are flat out AWESOME!!! Happy birthday Jack!

  4. The Nan

    March 21st, 2013 at 9:49 am

    I have never loved anyone like I love this little boy. He has been a blessing to everyone who meets him since way before he was born. These pictures are incredible and have captured his sweet quirky personality so well. Jackson Thomas McGowan is the coolest kid on the planet!

  5. Piper

    March 21st, 2013 at 9:51 am

    I can’t believe I am crying just now from this amazing post but I just can not help it! I remember your beautiful pregnancy from no bump, to little bump, to full grown jack wanting out bump! Life is beautiful!

  6. Sarah

    March 21st, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Coolest shoot ever! Happy Birthday Jack!

  7. Jenn Callahan

    March 21st, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Happy Birthday to Jack! And hahahahaha that t-shirt is awesome sauce.

  8. Amber B.

    March 21st, 2013 at 10:06 am

    I just love the first and last pic!! Such a cool kid! Happy Birthday!

  9. Marla Sanderholm

    March 21st, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Love them all.. Jack has always made me smile! #10

  10. Pam

    March 21st, 2013 at 11:38 am

    Love these! Love the shirt! It must be awesome to be a McG (not so) Little! Happy birthday, Jack!

  11. Loren Bell

    March 21st, 2013 at 11:59 am

    It must be dusty in here! *sniffles* Happy birthday, Jack!!! Jimmy Bell would want you to know that Jack has the best of all of the birthdays. It’s 0321 day! Marinespeak for total badasses (conicidentally the job he had).

  12. Aunt Ambo

    March 21st, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    I absolutely CANNOT believe that he is already 10, I’ve known you your entire life Jack; you continue to amaze me everytime I’m around you and I am so proud of the amazing person you are becoming.
    Chelsea & Mack,
    You guys are doing such an amazing job with this young man and I know he is destined for amazing things!

    Love you guys!!!

  13. sam

    March 21st, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    He is my hero! Happy birthday, JT!

  14. amy

    March 21st, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    chelsea and mack, i have never had the pleasure of meeting your “MCSTUD” but through your pictures of him, his wonderfulness shines through!! Happy birthday to your 10 year old!! how awesome! hope his day is amazing!

  15. Christy Duh

    March 21st, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    Dear Jack,

    You are a total badass. I know we aren’t supposed to say that to ten year olds but it’s still totally true. You are such a blast to hang out with and I’m pretty sure you can’t say that about most 10 year old boys. Pretty soon I won’t have to let you beat me at a light saber duel, you just will and I will cry and blame my bad knees and your young legs. Keep being you and listen to your parents (for the most part) and you’ll be something this world needs more than it knows. STAR WARS!

    -C

  16. Margaret

    March 22nd, 2013 at 12:30 am

    Some serious awesomeness going on here 🙂

  17. Grom

    March 22nd, 2013 at 8:34 am

    Chelsea, you were our first “grand” and you gave us our first “great” for which we will be forever grateful. Jack is every grandparenr’s dream. Grandpa and I love him and are so proud of you and of the young man he is becoming. Thank you and Happy, Happy to Jack!

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