Today you are 5 years old. It may be cliched to exclaim over how fast the years have flown but I’ll be doing it anyway. Just a note for your own future reference: If you should some day have a child, on the occasion of his or her 5th birthday, I advise you NOT to look at his or her baby pictures. You may find yourself overcome with nostalgia and trying to explain to said 5 year old why you are weeping uncontrollably. Just sayin’.
Five years ago the world’s fattest baby made his appearance. Ok, not the world’s fattest, but you were quite the little butterball. All ten pounds twelve ounces of you. If you think I’ll ever let you forget that, you have another thing coming!
You were such a delight to me, from the moment you arrived. Maybe your sister broke me in as a mother, but my ability to enjoy you was much greater because I already knew a thing or two about being parenting. I was, however, a novice at boys. Having grown up with only sisters, I wasn’t sure how this whole boy thing was going to work out. I was nervous.
But that’s the greatest thing about you, Kieran. From the moment you were born you have been the exact son I was meant to have. You are such a treasure to your dad and me. People always tell me you have the greatest smile and they are right. From the beginning your bright smile (even if it was gas-induced) has attracted people to you.
I didn’t know what would follow after that first few days in the hospital, but when we took you home we started the real process of learning what having a son was all about.
Within a year you were so completely your own person, full of energy and enthusiasm and spirit. Your winning smile (not to mention those dimples!!!) has taken you far in this life. I hope you never lose the ability to see the good in everything.
You have always been quick to laugh, ready to be silly and joke around and always trying to crack up those around you.
I love that you are not afraid to be just who you are, regardless of what people might think. You are 100% YOU and that’s exactly what I want for you! Of course you also love to follow in your sister’s footsteps, too. The two of you make a pretty great team.
I think what has surprised me the most about you is how very extroverted you are turning out to be. You just love to be with people. All. The. Time. I know I’m not always very understanding of this trait, partly because I don’t have it. But the fact that you are so at ease in a group is a gift. You see every person as an opportunity to make a friend and that is such a wonderful quality. But you temper your extroversion with such incredible sensitivity, self-awareness and thoughtfulness that I am frequently shocked by the thoughts swirling around in that head of yours.
You have never been afraid of anything (except monsters under the bed) and conquer new challenges fearlessly! How I admire your openness to trying new things. You get that from your daddy.
It is such a privilege to be your mommy. If I could have ordered a little boy who I felt would be “right” for me, I would have asked for you exactly. You teach me every day what it means to be open and loving. Your desire for hugs and kisses and snuggles is never satiated and I love that about you!
Here we are, five years later and still nose to nose and heart to heart. I hope that never changes. I love you baby!