Today is your birthday. How you have changed over the last year!
You are a joyful kid. You love to laugh and sing. It makes me smile when I hear you walking around the house singing. Your current favorites are “Cats in the Cradle,” “I’ve Got Peace Like A River,” and your newest favorite, Weird Al’s Jurassic Park song.
You have been interested in dinosaurs lately. Grandma Osborne recently gave you a couple books about them. Your two longtime favorite things are Thomas the Tank Engine and Pixar Cars. I love to listen to you play with your cars and trains. They talk to each other, play hide and seek, act out scenes from the movies…all kinds of things. You are crazy about the outdoors and spend lots of time in your sandbox. You also like to help me water our plants because it gives you the opportunity to play with the hose. Sometimes you get very wet. You and Dad like to run around the yard together playing frisbee and other games. You adore your Dad.
Your curiosity and ability to absorb information astounds me. You ask so many questions! You want to know how everything works and why things are the way they are. Organization is very important to you and seems to be a primary way that you make sense of the world around you. You want to know the relationships of all types of things from what towns your friends and family members live in and where those towns are located to what letter various words begin with and how that letter sounds. You have a mind for detail and notice and comment on every little thing you see and hear. Your very orderly nature sometimes leads to frustration for you because you have definite ideas about how things should be, and you have a hard time accepting that other people have their own ideas that might be different from yours, but you have been doing a good job learning to express your frustration with words.
This has been a year of big changes for you. We moved to a new house a few months ago, and last month, your baby sister was born. I’m so proud of how you’ve handled these big transitions. You took to sleeping in your own room surprisingly well on our very first night here. And while sometimes you get frustrated that you’re no longer the only one who needs me, you are such a wonderful big brother. From the start, you have been so incredibly gentle, loving and helpful toward Bridget. It makes my heart smile to see you stroke or kiss her head and hear the nurturing tone of your voice as you speak to her.
You are a sensitive child. You get frightened by things like the sharks in Finding Nemo, and whenever we’re out and you hear a baby or child crying, you report it to me with concern in your voice: “someone’s crying.” I hope you never lose that sweet sensitivity.
You bring such sunshine to my life. You are so very special, and I love you more than I can ever say.