Friday, December 27, 2013

Happy 5th Birthday Declan!!

My dear Son - 

Today you are 5 years old.  My little BIG boy now, that's for sure.  I have so many emotions about this age.  Not specifically about today, but just this season of life.  You're not a baby anymore.  And you are soaking in everything around you, and it is influencing your demeanor and the way you deal with things.  This is both exciting and a little scary for me.  There are times when I see you do something and I can remember exactly when you saw me or Daddy do the same thing.  I am criticizing myself more these days than I ever have before and it's because I want so much for you and I want you to be perfect :)  

Well, I'm smart enough to know that's impossible and I will, and YOU will, make mistakes.  But I am confident that your WHOLE family will do our very best to mold you into a fine young man.  You have some good family, Son.  

You are a very sweet, compassionate, and emotional child.  You feel your emotions, whether they are happy or sad, and I really am holding on to these moments because I know they are fleeting.  You love your friends and family, and want nothing more than to be with them playing, laughing, and pretending.  You protect your little sister against things that may hurt her (that's a nice way of saying you like to tell her what she can't do) but you also praise her when she does something new.  I'm so happy she has you as a big brother, and she will be too, one day.   

You are so smart.  So inquisitive.  And as frustrating as it is at times, this is part of your learning about the world, and I will try to answer intelligently (even though it's sometimes impossible!).   You say things sometimes that blow me away and I just have to marvel that you can retain so much information in such a little body ;)

I love you so much and I am so proud of you!!!  Happy Birthday, Dex! 

5 years; 4 years; 3 years

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