My little man turned 5!! I admit I get a little teary eyed looking back at pictures from when he first came home seven months ago. Truly amazing to have seen how much he has grown and matured, not to mention watch his little personality come to life.
He comes across shy and reserved, but he is not afraid to bust a move and shake his hips when just around mom and dad. Not to mention his myriad of facial expressions. He daily has us laughing out loud and is always making us smile. Sure to be voted the family clown!
Timid and quiet at times, he observes and just soaks everything in. At the same time he is a brave little man, never afraid to be the first to try something new. Even when it means chasing after a seagull, trying to kill a bee or petting a snake.
Although he was adamantly praying for a motorcycle and four wheeler, he is more than excited about the baby and loves knowing he will be a big brother! He also loves snuggling, reading and being tickled. He can usually be found coloring, asking to do school work, biking, mowing the lawn (pretend child’s mower) or riding his scooter. His favorites include spaghetti, ravioli and pizza, oh and of course ice cream!!
Prior to bed rest I had all of these ideas of fun traditions we would start for our children’s birthdays. Then bed rest came and then the stomach bug, a really nasty stomach bug on the day of Ethan’s birthday. So I am glad I set my expectations low after bed rest as they were even lowered the day of, because I didn’t get off the couch except to empty the bucket. I couldn’t join the family for dinner and squealed out a version of happy birthday from the couch.
The funny thing is as much as I thought I had to plan and do to make the day great for him, the absence of all of It didn’t seem to bother him one bit. His face lit up instantly with a smile just telling him happy birthday or saying he was now five! He also loved my hand made sign and semi-artistic design of a 5 out of legos.
Thankfully we celebrated his birthday earlier when my family was in town visiting for the weekend, which helped me feel as not much mom guilt. Plus, there was a little left over cake my husband stuck candles in for Ethan to blow out.
In the end, he turned five and that provided enough excitement for him. Not to mention, he was proud of the fact he could now be five, a little hop in his step and twinkle in his eyes! Before going to bed that night he asked me if he could still be five tomorrow. You bet little buddy, you can be five for a whole year. And this mamma prays it doesn’t go by to fast, so to cherish each moment before this year passes me by.