letter to my 5 year old- just a little late…

Dear Jay Bird,

A few weekends ago your Daddy and I took just you to get some 5-year-old photos. I checked my LCD screen at some point during the “shoot” and was taken back by how old you look. I cried a few big fat Momma tears and then dried them up so I could continue following you around with my camera. You are FIVE, how did that happen?! To say that you have grown and matured (mostly) seemingly overnight would be quite the understatement; I blinked and you grew up. The top of your head comes up to my chest and your legs are starting to look all lanky and big boy-ish. When I look at you I see the boy you are becoming rather than the toddler/little boy you once were. Is this unsettling for a Momma? Sure, but man am I proud of the kid you are turning into.

You are sweet with your brothers and love to help me when you can; always offering to help set the table or pick things up if need be. You help your brothers find things that they need/want and put together wonderful contraptions with duplo for them. You don’t always get along, I would be painting an incorrect picture if I said otherwise. I frequently hear  “No Charlie” shouted from another room when Charlie isn’t following your rules and occasional screams when Luc finds and “rearranges” one of your duplo projects. However, you are boys and bothers and you love each others’ company and I love to watch you play together. Just last night you and Charlie where racing in the backyard, back and forth between the fort and the climber. You all did this until long after the sun went down and your laughter was so wonderful to hear. You are doing amazingly well at school; you make friends easily and your teachers adore you. You knew all that you were supposed to know at the end of the year in January! We are going to have a hard time challenging you in the years to come, you love to learn about things. Frequently, you will ask Daddy during bath time to talk about something- honestly, fill in the blank with whatever random topic that you would like and you may have covered it- and then listen while he explains every little detail about the topic you choose. I think Dad enjoys these exchanges as much as you do. You still love to look at books and listen to books. If you are quiet and I don’t know where you have disappeared to it’s likely that I will find you with your nose pressed into a book or at the table coloring. Coloring and art are one of your other great loves these days. I constantly am finding art supplies strewn all over the kitchen table (you aren’t as good at cleaning up as you are at the creative process my dear). You are constantly coloring and drawing; you make things from plans for your new cars, pictures of super heroes or cards for people. It is not infrequent for you to run up to me at some point during the day and hand me a card or scrap of paper with a single heart on it or one filled with hearts, sweet boy you do this to make me feel better and you usually have the perfect timing. Other than books and coloring, being outside or building with lego or duplo are the things you enjoy most. I love to watch as you come up with elaborate creation after elaborate creation while you are building. Your imagination is limitless dear boy ;)

As bitter-sweet as this whole growing up thing is. I have to say I am enjoying it. I love watching your creativity blossom and watching your heart grow. You find new ways to love on people all of the time and I can’t help but be so proud of you. I grow and am so glad that I get the privilege of being your Mommy.

I love you sweet boy!
Love,

Momma

Jay Bird

Jay Bird- 5 years old

Jay Bird

Jay Bird- the FLASH

Jay Bird

silly faces

bored faces

Jay Bird- 5 years old

Me and my boy

Jay Bird

playing at the park

This one isn’t in focus but I still like it ;)
fuzzy but I still like it ;)

climbing

18 months

Luc,

So this update is a little overdue however, every time I think of just skipping it I change my mind. I want to remember these days, these moments because kiddo you are too darn sweet right now. You are adorable and sweet but you are trouble and spoiled rotten all at the same time. It’s my fault, I can’t really say no to you at all sweet boy. You, your sweet smile and head full of curls have my number kiddo!

We celebrated your half birthday in January with half of a cake per the usual fashion and while I was taking photos of you, you crawled up onto the table and plopped yourself right down next to the cake. I have taken a bunch of 1/2 birthday photos over the years all from the same chair at the same table and neither of your bothers have even considered climbing up. Jay didn’t probably because he knew better and we would have gotten after him, Charlie didn’t because he is a rule follower and super cautious but not you, you climbed right up and smiled all the while! You are the baby right now… what can I say?! You like to do the things that your brothers are doing. You ride your plasma car along side them (being towed when your legs just aren’t fast enough to keep up), you “climb” the climber as high as you are able or just hang and dangle for as long as your little arms will let you. You eat better than the big boys right now devouring everything that is put in front of you; although Mac and Cheese and fruit, specifically blueberries, top the list right now. You know every gosh darn thing that we are saying to you but refuse to speak for yourself. Luc, you will follow directions to a tee, even ones with multiple complex (for your age) steps but won’t say words. We are working with you and while I know that you could do it you don’t really have a need to (your brothers and everyone else have you covered) and that works for you right now. You love books a ton; finding every chance you can to climb up into someones lap with a book. You really can convince anyone to read to you, even your bothers. Your favorite has got to be Find Momo, it’s sort of a Where’s Waldo but only way cooler. You have to find Momo (the dog) within these gorgeous photos and you love it and are so good at it (even before you had done it multiple times). Really the only word (I take back the fact that he doesn’t speak at all) you say regularly is Momo. You still love bath time and enjoy splashing and drinking the tub water much to your Daddy’s dislike. You sleep like a champ and are ridiculously laid back. Right now you have a really big attachment to your blanket (one that I made for you with a super soft backing), your paci and a blue stuffed dog. Frequently you are drag them all around the house together which is a large feat seeing as how big they are. It’s cute and such a wonderful reminder of what a great mix of your brothers you are. Jay was a paci kid, Charlie still is a blanket kid and while I know that’s somewhat of a silly reminder since those are just things, it reminds me of what a great blend of those two boys you are while at the same time being your own wonderful little person.

Luc, I love this age – 18 months give or take – it’s no secret. I adore all of the sweetness that comes with it; the hugs you so graciously give and the smiles that come without prompting. I continue to revel in the fact at I get to be your Mommy and can’t wait to see all that is to come.

I love you sweet boy!!

Love,
Momma

Jay at 18 months

Charlie at 18 months

Luc- 18 months

CURLS!!

Luc

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Luc- half birthday

Luc- half birthday

Luc- half birthday

Luc- half birthday

Luc- half birthday

Luc- half birthday