It’s been a crazy seven months. Unfortunately that has led to not much blogging lately. So, I’m a bit behind. I promise lots more updates to come, but today I want to rewind about a month, and celebrate Little Man’s birthday! Here is my annual letter, interview, and some adorable photos! Enjoy!!
Dear Sweet Boy,
I can’t believe you are four! You are growing by leaps and bounds, in so many ways. In the past few months you have grown two inches and gone from being able to wear 24 month clothes to wearing a 4T. You are growing in so many other ways as well! A year ago you had only been speaking for a few months. Now you are talking up a storm. You say the most adorable and funny things. You make up songs, tell stories, and love to “read” all your books out loud. It’s so adorable— you insist on always reading it yourself, and you open the book and retell the story for us. You have learned to count, identify colors, and match. I recently received your last school report and you had met several goals that you’ve been working on all year. I am so proud of you!!
You are such a sweet boy. I love seeing your heart and compassion. Saying goodbye for you is always a big hug fest. Every morning when you get on the bus we spend several minutes giving lots of hugs, kisses, and high fives. When I pick you up from daycare, you always have a hug for your teachers, and all of your classmates won’t let you go until they’ve gotten their “Little Man hug.” I love seeing how you cared for “Baby Sarah” when she visited. You gave her your favorite toys when she would cry, hug her, hold her hand when she needed to go somewhere, and genuinely loved on her. I pray one day I get to see you take care of your own baby sister. We’ve been working on apologizing when you hurt someone and you’ve taken to initiating your own apologies when you make a mistake. If you’re mad and intentionally hurt me, you hate to apologize, but when you’ve made a mistake or had an accident—even the smallest of things — you break out into this huge smile, run and hug my legs, and yell “I’m sorry, Mommy.” It is the most adorable thing ever.
This year you have tried so many new things. You started your new school and have absolutely loved it. You have such an amazing team of teachers, and you are absolutely in love with “Miss Carrie.” She is so fantastic with you and I wish she could stay with you as your grow and change classes. You tried soccer, and spent more time laying on the ground than playing, but you enjoyed being outside. And you showed me you’re more of a football kind of kid— every time the ball (or a player with the ball) came near you, you felt the need to tackle them to the ground. You took swim classes and have loved being in the water. You took a dance class and loved it. The week after it ended, you ran to the empty classroom because you didn’t want it to be over. You got glasses for the first time, and we’ve gone through what feels like a million pairs, but you’re getting better with them all the time! We have gone on some fantastic adventures together — apple picking, visiting Sesame Place, blueberry picking, exploring the Strong Museum of Play, meeting your new extended family for the first time, feeding animals at The Wild Animal Park, running around at Billy Beez, and so many other fun experiences. I have loved watching you experience new things and places—you are always full of so much joy and excitement.
You love music—when you love a song you always sing it at the top of your lungs, dancing around, and smiling with such joy. You love to sing “Let it Go,” and whenever “Happy” comes out, you scream “That’s my song!” and start dancing. It’s the cutest thing ever. You have discovered imaginative play and I love watching you interact with your trains, Little People, Daniel the Tiger toys, and Elmo figures. You have about a million stuffed animals which you absolutely love. Over the past year I have watched as you’ve moved from reenacting violent scenes with them, to caring for them, patting their backs, taking care of them when they’re sick, and putting them in time out when they make bad choices. Not only is it completely adorable, it is so beautiful watching you transform into a loving caregiver of all your toys. It speaks so much about how far you’ve come, and how you are beginning to understand the role of family. This makes me so happy for you, and so proud of your growth.
I am so proud of how far you’ve come this year. During this year you received seven different diagnoses of special needs. On top of all that, you were struggling to understand what was going on in your world and your family, and process the trauma you had experienced. It’s hard to imaging have deal with just one of things—most kids with special needs only have one or two things they’re dealing with. I’ve never met anyone who is struggling to overcome so much. But you, my love, you are a warrior. You are beating the odds, you are fighting to overcome the challenges you are faced with, and I am so proud of you. So much of the time you are doing so well at fighting this fight that the people around you don’t even realize how my challenges you are facing. And we forget sometimes how hard this is for you. But you are amazing, and I pray that you keep up the fight and that you realize what an amazing, sweet, and lovable boy you are!
I am so very blessed that you are in my life and that I get to be your mommy. You make everything worth it. Over the past year we have faced some big challenges and tough times. But you, my love, make everything worthwhile. I can’t wait to experience the journey of your fourth year! I can’t wait till next year when we’re celebrating that you are forever a family. I love you forever, I like you for always, as long as I’m living, my baby you’ll be!
Happy 4th Birthday!!
Each year I interview you on your birthday and celebrate all the special, unique things about you. Last year I had share what my thoughts were, because you couldn’t yet communicate them. This year we’re celebrating because you have come so far and can speak for yourself!! ;o)
Mommy: Do you want to get married when you grow up?
Little Man: No.
Mommy: Why not?
Little Man: ‘Cause I don’t like it.
Mommy: Like what?
Little Man: Married. I like Santa Clause.
Mommy: Do you want to have kids one day?
LIttle Man: Yeah!
Mommy: How many?
LIttle Man: Five!
Mommy: What is your favorite thing about yourself?
LIttle Man: I’m smart.
Mommy: What is your favorite thing to do at school?
Little Man: Read books.
Mommy: What do you like to do in your free time?
Little Man: Play with choo choo trains.
Mommy: What is your favorite thing about mommy?
Little Man: That you play with me.
Mommy: Who are your best friends?
Little Man: You’re my best friend.
Mommy: What is your favorite holiday?
Little Man: Santa Clause
Mommy: If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Little Man: On a boat.
Mommy: Where on a boat?
Little Man: All around the world.
Mommy: What is your favorite memory of last year?
Little Man: Going to Sesame Street.
Mommy: What is one thing you really want to do this year?
Little Man: Go on vacation.
What is your favorite . . .
Toy: My kitchen
Drink: Milk and Root beer floats
Food: Cheeseburger and McDonalds
Song: “Let It Go”
TV Show: Daniel Tiger
Book: Pete the Cat, Rockin’ My School Shoes
Ice Cream: Vanilla
Stuffed Animal: Minion
Game: Candy Land