How did 7 sneak up on me like this? Wasn't it just yesterday we bundled you up and your daddy and I made our first car ride home on a cold December evening? I remember it all so clearly- maybe because the moment you arrived, my life changed in an instant. I was no longer the first person I thought of...you were. And to this day, you, Blake and Emily have both mine and your daddy's hearts.
I dreamed my whole life of being a mom. Truly, I imagined, daydreamed and tried to picture my life with a little baby of my own. Never could have have dreamed or imagined the gift that you would be. And then, to have your brother and sister to follow- my cup overflows.
Tucking you in on this 7th birthday eve tonight, I told you stories of your babyhood. You giggled and laughed at the funny things and then squirmed and got silly when I got a little too sappy for you. That's ok sweet boy- I just want you to know that the moment I saw your face, I felt like I had known you my whole life.
Your precious smile with new big kid teeth is so boyish and happy. I love the way you crinkle your nose and laugh at things that tickle you. Silliness abounds in a 6 year olds life and I love it. You have a sprinkling of freckles across your nose and cheeks that give you that classic little boy look. And tousling your hair in my fingers is a daily thing. You seem to have grown by leaps and bounds lately. I layed down next to you tonight to tuck you in and felt like your feet reached way too close to mine. I hope you still love and adore me when those feet pass mine and you are looking down at your mama. I hope it's not embarrassing to you when I do our secret "I love you" sign. I hope you never stop wanting me to be there for you- like getting to come bring you a special lunch or read with you at school. The way you're so excited and rush up to come hug me when you see me absolutely melts this mommy's heart. Your enthusiasm and innocence are one in a million. I want to wrap you up and keep you in this most sweet of stages but I know that God has great things ahead for you.
You still mispronounce words- its so endearing. You say...
Molt control car for remote controlled car
Movie pewter for movie theatre
Chrey for try (just with a ch)
Thinger for finger
There's more but I can't think. I just love them all.
Being 6 has been a good year- you have done Lego camp, karate, golf, basketball, soccer, baseball- both machine pitch and tball, gone to Seaside, gone skiing for the first time, had lots of fun times with friends, learned so much as a kindergartner and now as a first grader. You still love to draw and create, write and are a great student. You have really grown into a great soccer player and baseball player. Your daddy and I are so proud of how you are so kindhearted and sweet
You can be a terror to your own brother and get into lots of little skirmishes at home but otherwise you are a dream.
We celebrated at Art Works with 15 little friends last night and will continue to celebrate on your real day.
Hard to believe 7 years ago I was totally oblivious as to how soon you would arrive. I thought I had my day planned out- my last day without a baby. Little did I know that at 6:40 pm on december 15, a little 7 lb 7 oz baby boy would steal my heart and make it his. I wouldn't rewrite a single moment, only slow down the speed. It's been a joy sweet Hunter. I am blessed beyond belief to have been given the gift of being your mom. Even after 7 years I am amazed that the Lord would be so gracious to me to send you to be our son. Thank you for making
me a mom. It's been the greatest!
Dad and love you with all of our hearts!
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