Dear Child Formerly Known As The Little One,
You’re 7 today! Wow! Daddy and I kept you alive for an entire seven years! Amazing! It was touch and go those first few days (I remember waking up with a start and almost dropping you after falling into what could only be described as a “mother of a newborn coma.”) But 7 years on, and you’re thriving and doing fantastic!
I know you are a big boy now, and I know you dislike being called “the Little One” on my blog. So, for your birthday, I’m giving you a gift. Henceforth, your blog name shall be BB (for Big Boy. Also for Blueberry, which is what Daddy calls you.) How about that for an amazing gift?? What’s that you say … kind of cheap? Well, who got a puppy for his birthday?! HA! No complaints from you!
I know it has been challenging this past week, with your new fur brother taking up so much of my time and attention. I know you’ve felt a little neglected as I run around after Romeo like a mad woman, trying to keep him from destroying the house. Don’t worry … it will get better as he gets older. And I’m going to carve out time each day just for you and me. (I can’t tell you how much it touches me that you still crave and need “mommy time.” It was worrisome when you told me that you didn’t need me to walk you home from the bus stop last week.)
This past year has been difficult in many ways. Losing Grandmom at Christmas time left me feeling sad and low energy for months. It helped so much when we went to Montana together this summer. You were a real trooper, and you helped Uncle Chris and I heal so much. Seeing the two of you strengthen your bond and watching you learn more about Grandmom and Grandpop made my heart happy.
I also know how hard it has been for you to deal with some of your other worries, which I haven’t talked about on this blog out of respect for your privacy. But I want you to know that you are doing fantastic and really growing in your confidence and strength. I’m so impressed with all the work you’ve done, and sometimes your grasp of a difficult situation astounds me. For all your goofing around, sometimes you show me just how much you actually understand. Not that I want you to grow up before your time, but you’ve been thrown some curve balls in the past year and have dealt with them amazingly.
When I think about it, you’ve had some truly impressive growth and accomplishments this past year. Here is a short list:
- learned how to swim (and being the only kid from your class to pass the swim test at the pool!)
- jumped off the “high” dive
- started gymnastics class and jumped right into it on your very first lesson, looking like you had been flipping around on rings and moving across parallel bars your entire life
- learned how to ride a bike without training wheels
- were invited to participate as a role model in a group for kids in your school who need help with their social skills (I was gobsmacked when you got this invitation … I never knew you were such a social butterfly as you act so shy around other kids when I’m around)
- confidently read the longer chapter books in the Magic Tree House series … and understand them. (I enjoyed when you were telling me about “Lisa” who Leonardo da Vinci painted.)
- expanded the list of foods that you’ll eat a thousandfold. (It wasn’t healthy eating just dinosaur chicken or mac and cheese all the time. I’m glad you have some variety in your diet now … even if pineapple isn’t your thing. When you gobbled up shrimp at Aunt Nicole’s house, I was so proud!)
I’ve also enjoyed seeing your friendship with L develop and grow. It is good for a boy to have a best friend, and you two have strengthened your bond and really look out for each other. When L thought you were hit by another kid, he was ready to find him and “make him show some respect” for you. What a good buddy you have! It is a kick to eavesdrop on your conversations (not that I do this all the time), and I’m thrilled when you guys are able to work out your conflicts all by yourselves.
You’re really are growing up fast. It amazes me and fills me with such pride and joy. Keep up the good work!
P.S. Even though you are a now “The Child Formerly Known As the Little One,” never ever change your name to an unpronounceable symbol. Trust me … it’s been done and it didn’t work out all that well.