Thursday, August 3, 2017


To my biggest little guy:

Today you are five. Five! One full hand of fingers! It's rocking my world because the memories I have from your first day of life are still so vivid.

You have enriched our lives in the most wonderful ways. You are the most observant child I know and your curiosity about e v e r y t h i n g is absolutely contagious. You are strong-willed, outspoken, defiant. You are also introverted, hilarious, bookish, and can be so kind and empathetic to both your siblings and your peers.

You love to swim, play games, help us cook, dress up, and go on new adventures. You requested a pet for your fifth birthday, so we got you pet shrimp. You got 10 of them. You named the largest one Big Guy and the other nine Little Guys. The day after we got them, we couldn't tell if one had died. You frantically asked if it was Big Guy and told me you were sad. You are definitely my most sensitive child and I hope you never stop letting yourself experience your emotions.
You have been particularly cuddly lately. Every morning you want non-stop cuddles. I am soaking up every moment. You are so excited to start your last year of preschool and I hope you never lose your enthusiasm for learning.

I love you. I am so glad I get to be your mom. As much as I wish you could stay little forever, I love seeing your excitement when you conquer a new challenge or grow in some capacity.

I love you more,

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