You came into our lives, and we were forever changed in ways we never could have expected.
As an infant, you were a colicky, covered in eczema adorable mess. You kept your mommy busy with nursings every two hours round the clock for 8 months. At 8 months, with your already 4 teeth (two on top, two on bottom), you started biting me when I nursed you and that was that. Magically, the eczema and crankiness totally disappeared. Ah, if only we would have known it was all the eggs! Sorry!!! Since then, you have been a complete delight, in every way.
You have always been advanced and early in every way-- you started getting teeth at 4 months, walked on your own at 10 mos (on our two year anniversary trip to Boothbay!), started talking before you were a year old...full sentences before two.... potty training before two.... the list goes on.
You are such an independent, spirited little boy. Yesterday, you got a present for your birthday of a truck that has big screws you can unscrew with a big power drill. You sat on the kitchen floor, I swear, for an hour determined to figure out how to do it "all by yourself". The only time you got frustrated was when I asked if I could help you. Sure enough, you did figure it out and were screwing and unscrewing those screws the rest of the night. (Thanks Pauline and Ellery!) :)
You love singing and have developed quite a repertoire. Your favorite thing to do is sit with your guitar (you call it "catar") and play and sing. You know all the words to the ABC song, Baba Black Sheep, The Rainbow Connection, Somewhere over the rainbow, and songs you sing at school like the Bubble Gum song.
You are still not very cuddly, but yesterday when I had to run out to the store and daddy was putting you to bed you gave me my fist real kiss on the cheek. It was by far the highlight of my week!!!
You have such amazing intuition about people and places. You also have an amazing memory. You recognize places we have only been to one time, and remember details about that time, like a parking lot or a restaurant we ate at once. When I passed by a friends house, you told me that I passed by it! Boy oh boy! I better watch out! At the playground yesterday, there were a lot of older wild kids and you walked off on your own and kicked through the fall leaves, happily. You told me when you are bigger you will play with the stuff the big kids were playing on. You explained how when the leaves were done falling it would be winter time and then we would have snow. You remembered this from when I told you that one time many weeks ago.
Although you are really starting to test your dad and me, we love you for it. We know you just want to do everything by yourself and we are trying as best we know how to let you.
My most favorite thing in the world is holding your hand in mine. The way your hand feels- so soft, so little, so innocent and trusting. I love it when you want to hold my hand. It's such a privilege and I feel like the luckiest mom in the entire world to have you for my son. I know your daddy feels the same way.
You have made me a more patient person, a more grateful person, and a more loving person. You have tested my boundaries, and taught me that love has none.
I love you with all of my heart.
Hugs and kisses,