Since I did a photo collage for your brother's birthday post in January of this year, I am going to do the same for you, because well, as a sentimental mom, I just love looking through old photos and remembering you at each and every stage of growing up.
I mean, look at your baby pic! This picture hangs in your room above your dresser and honestly, every single time I walk by it, I pause and remember how little you were. How you fit in the crook of my forearm and you were so light I could carry you around 1 handed.
|5 days old, 2007|
For example, I took you with me to find a bathing suit for me and we were so excited to shop at the mall together. Only, when we got there, it wasn't the store you thought we were gonna go to, and you lost it. Right there in the middle of the store. Complete meltdown. But you didn't tell me that, so it took quite awhile for me to figure out why you were so worked up. And I had to postpone my bathing suit shopping to save my sanity at the moment (and any public humiliation).
But those type of episodes are happening less and less and you are more able to accept things that come your way. And your daddy and I are breathing a big deep sigh of relief.
|1st birthday party, June 2008|
|2 years old, June 2009|
|3rd birthday party, June 2010|
But really, joking aside, you are so ready for Kinder it's not even funny. You are so eager to read and write. You put letters together on paper all the time, and so very soon they will spell actual words! You love to play educational video games on Daddy's big computer, swiveling back in forth in his big chair. Sometimes you don't even get dressed after your bath before hopping up and playing, you are that excited! You are a social butterfly and a teacher's dream, so I just know Kinder will bring great times for you ahead.
You don't quite understand why you aren't starting Kinder this very day, since you are finally 5. It's an almost daily conversation explaining every kid starts in August, regardless of their birthday. And then you chuckle and say, "oh yeah, I'm so silly."
|4th birthday party, June 2011|
And oh, did I mention? You learned to swim a few days ago! For about 5 days in a row you begged us to get in the water with you so you could swim short distances (1-2 feet) to us and we would catch you. Well, this was fun and all, but it got a bit chilly. On day 5 when you asked, I turned you down and said not today and then you asked if you could just do it on your own. I was hesitant but said yes, but I stood right at the edge waiting to jump in, and then...you just swam on your own! And then I was a great parent and got my phone to video tape it, still ready to jump in if I had to of course.
|Preschool graduation, June 2012|
I hope you enjoy everything five has to offer.
We love you,