To My 4 Year Old Son:
I remember when I was in the midst of the twos and tantrums with you, sweet boy, and a fellow mom (she has 4 kids 💪) said, ages two and three can be so rough but “four and five are magical”. I’ve kept that in mind with you over the past two years on the hard days of defiance and intense emotion but I’m beginning to see that my friend was right. I feel as if I’ve blinked and you’ve become an independent little boy. We’ve come beyond baby food, diapers and possibly naps – 😨. Before you, I was so selfish. Not on purpose but I had never been in a position of daily laying down my life for someone but then you came into my world, the first to call me mommy, changing my everyday life. My existence has never been the same. You have developed a level of empathy in me that I would’ve never known otherwise.
Although the past four years have flown by, they have been so full. I’ve watched you experiencing your “firsts” with a happy heart. I’m thoroughly enjoying watching you grow. Since you’ve been around the sun a few times, your commentary on life is amazing. The reflection of the world through your eyes is astounding and at times hilarious. Like when we are at a store and you tell me that something is “too expensive”. You say that you’re not sure what that means but I say it everyday. 🤣 You are so friendly and warm, always telling people hello or random facts and stories about your day.
I don’t just love you as your mom but I like you and the person you are. I’m so thankful that God saw fit to bless me with you as my first born child. All the prayers I prayed over you as a big brother were answered and you are the most caring and protective big brother to your sister. You’re quick to tell me when she is awake from a nap or why you think she is crying. You have always been so inclusive with her, trying to get her to play with you even before she could sit up on her own. Your kind heart warms mine, giving me a big hug and telling me you love me unprompted is one of the best parts of my day. Your dad and I are so blessed to call you our son and thank God for you often. Here’s to you, world changer! I can’t wait to see what the future hold for you but I know it is limitless. I love you. Happy Birthday. 🎂
Love you Always,