Monday, November 5, 2012

To My First Born, on Your 3rd Birthday

I'm still in disbelief that it has been 3 years already. As you sit here with your head on my shoulder I remember the days that I held your tiny little body in my arms and rocked you to sleep. These days you are a wild and happy little [big] guy and I don't get too many snuggly moments so I stop everything I'm doing when you scoot close and say "Mommy I want to lay on your shoulders" in your cute little toddler voice that is slowly disappearing into a grown up voice...

My little dude... you are growing (despite your revolt against vegetables) and excelling in every single part of your toddler world. You are smart, so so smart, too smart really which I love because I see myself in your eyes and I see the potential that your future holds every time that you pick up a new skill, or talk to me like a 30 year old while you try to convince me to give you more candy.

I love hearing the wonder in your voice when we learn about new things in school and listening to you reason about things that just don't make sense in your 3 year old brain. I love watching you lie passed out on the floor during nap time after piliging your closet and putting on every article of clothing you could find. Or observing your ingenuity and creativity when you stack up a variety of toys and use a broom stick to get an extra banana off of the counter.

Most importantly I love having the chance to see the world in a different way thanks to you. You keep me grounded and remind me constantly of the important things in life, like stopping to stare at a rolly polly while laughing that belly laugh at how silly it is when it turns into a ball. It's the little things in life that matter... and you are an excellent reminder for me.

I continue to smile and laugh on a daily basis at how awesome you are as a big brother, you have exceeded my expectations in so many ways. You are a great teacher and protector for baby D (who is nearly your size now) outside of the brotherly "love taps" and "body slams". Watching you two together makes my heart happy.

How is it possible that I have a 3 year old, big brother, amazing, funny, energetic, smart, helping, loving son...

I cannot believe that you are 3 years old, I just really can't believe it. This year has gone by in the blink of an eye, I feel like I just turned around and you are a little man now. I want to bottle you up just as you are and force you to stay this age forever. It's a complete mix of emotions, I'm sad to watch you grow yet at the same time I can't wait to watch you evolve into a wonderful young man.

Little Dude you are amazing and I love you so much that it hurts. I wish you the happiest of birthdays and promise not to cry (too much) as you make a wish and blow out the candles on yet another cake.


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