I can’t believe that you are 5 years old today. I can’t believe how quickly time has gone by, and how much you have grown in such a short amount of time. [I can't believe how much I have grown! Because of you coming into my life.]
I’m so proud of the person you are, and who I see you to be.
You’re cautious and reserved. I try very hard to respect your space and let you decide when you are ready for something. At times you need a little nudge, but I love this about you. You never have jumped into anything head first. You are also cautious for your baby sister, always making sure they are safe and not into any trouble. I love watching you in your cautious state analyze a situation. I often wonder what it all looks like through your eyes, and I envision you are picking it apart piece by piece like a puzzle, unraveling each clue until you have everything figured out and are comfortable with the results. I’m so curious to see how this trait plays out throughout your future.
You’re incredibly empathetic and caring. You absorb the emotions around you, try to make sense of them, and express your thoughts, concerns and cares. Another trait I’m so pleased you have. You care about the people in your life. You care about your friends. At school you are consoling and nurturing to others when they are in need, and always without ever being asked.
You are a protector. I’m not really sure that you realize just how protective you are, but I see this in you. I have watched you be protective of me, your sisters, and even your daddy. I get a kick out of watching you be protective over your toys, and melt when I watch you make sure the playing field is even between your sisters. You are always keeping your eye out, and warning those who might be about to take a wrong step or turn. Watching you and your sisters on the playground together and how you manage to have so much fun and still be on the lookout for your sisters amazes me. In so many different ways you are such a protector.
You are clever, and so incredibly smart. Maybe every mother says this about their child, but it is true and you are. It’s even been pointed out to your daddy and I several times over. Unfortunately, I find this is where I fail you at times. I often expect too much out of you and forget you are still just a child. It is my fear that my expectations will rob you of your childhood. I have to remind myself that even though you are smart beyond your years, to let go, take a deep breath, and let you be the child you need to be. I need to not place so much responsibility on you, and let you run carefree. You have a beautiful and innocent spirit, and I want you to hold on to that as long as you possibly can. I love how smart you are, and am so incredibly proud of you.
I love your love for books. My heart just about explodes every time you sit on the couch and call your sisters over so you can read to them. You have a thirst for knowledge that I hope I can always keep up with and will try to quench to the best of my ability. I swear what I lack I will make up for by always providing you with the right resources.
You love to watch shows about animals, life, and nature, and prefer National Geographic over cartoons.
I’m pretty sure that Laurie Berkner Band and Imagination Movers are your favorite bands. You also like rock music, country, and island music. You’ve been a Jimmy Buffet fan since you were a baby, and still are today.
I still can’t get over that you are 5 years old today. You almost didn’t make it 5 years ago; we were losing you fast and you ended up being an emergency c-section. Every night when I kiss you goodnight and we say our prayers, I give thanks you’re here, in this world, and a part of my life. I’m so very blessed to be your mother. I could go on and on about you and my gushing pride over you, but to keep this birthday tribute letter to you from going on too long let me end by saying that there is no measurement equal to the pride and love your daddy and I have for you.
The past 5 years have been amazing and I have enjoyed watching you grow and become the little boy you are today. I’m excited for the next 5 years, and every year beyond.
Love Always and Forever,