Seven years ago today, at precisely 2:10 PM, you came
into this world. I was never so happy to hear a cry as I was when I
heard you for the first time. Holding you in my arms, I knew that my
life was irrevocably changed.
The first words that I whispered to
you in the delivery room are the same that I say to you each night when
tucking you into bed. "I love you the whole wide world, the moon and
the sun and all the stars in the sky." I will always love you and you
will always be my little boy, regardless of your age.
It is hard
for me to fathom that you are now seven years old. It seems like just
yesterday you were holding my hand as you were taking your first
tentative steps. Now it is hard for me to keep up with you as you run
around the yard and jump in the stream looking for tadpoles.
I become sad, thinking about you as a little boy. Although we don't
cuddle nearly as much as I would like, I love watching you explore, grow
and learn. I try to avoid reflecting on how much you have grown and
changed, opting instead to stay in the moment. I suspect I'll have
enough time to think when you are grown and move out. I will say that I
have thoroughly enjoyed each stage and I wouldn't go back in time even
if it were a possibility.
Your curiosity and enthusiasm are
contagious. After all, only you could make me excited about looking for
snakes and digging for worms. I'm so happy that you continue to enjoy
spending time with me. I realize that soon this too will change, and
friends from school will become the preferred playmate. In the meantime,
I'll try to soak in each adventure.
I realize that I am biased,
but you are an amazing little boy. Your generosity and the innate
empathy that you continue to demonstrate leaves me filled with pride and
awe. I was touched when you asked for teddy bears for your birthday
with the plan of sending them the children who lost their toys in the
Oklahoma tornadoes. I am fairly certain I would not have hatched a
similar plan at seven years old!
Today is your special day, and we will celebrate with gusto. As
promised, I'll bring pizza and bread sticks for you and your classmates
during lunch time. Cupcakes and ice cream will follow, along with
various koopa themed crafts. The festivities will continue when you get
home with your Daddy picking up Fettuccine Alfredo (your favorite)
for dinner before I unveil your birthday cake.
Robby, I am
eternally grateful to be your Momom. Happy Birthday to my favorite
little buddy! I hope that the day is as happy and wonderful as you. I am
looking forward to my adventures with my super seven year old!