Age five seems a pretty firm dividing line between “baby” and “child.” For that reason, I hope you’ll permit me some extra nostalgia over my boy turning five today. Because I see it as a turning point in a child’s life (and a parent’s), I’m even more emotional than normal, which is saying a lot!
Jay came three and half weeks before his due date, so eager was he to enter the world. He cared not that his mother hadn’t washed her hair for two days and had no bag packed. From the first contraction to heralding his arrival took a mere three hours and 11 minutes. At 6 lbs. 7 oz., he was by no means small, but compared to his sister, who had weighed in at 8 lbs. 13 oz., he was a peanut
to me. He spent the first two months of his life mostly on my chest in some capacity or other. He still climbs into our bed most nights at about 3 a.m. He gets in on the left side, and rests his head on my chest and twists his feet through my legs. Old habits. “I love you as big as the solar system,” he says.
He lives to learn about trucks, volcanoes and space. He loves his sister with an intensity I could never have imagined. He will not wear “button pants” or collared shirts. He has tantrums and bursts of temper, but is otherwise one of
the happiest children I have ever met. He is slow to relinquish the comforts of the nighttime Pull-Up, Bunny and the arms of a parent, but at the same time is always ready for the next adventure around the bend.
He’ll start kindergarten in the fall, leaving me to wonder what became of those baby years. I tried even harder with him, being the youngest, to hold fast to them, to keep them from slipping by too
quickly. The sleepless nights in the infant days seem to last an eternity, but the years go by as minutes. Tomorrow I’ll be posting graduation pictures. In the meantime, Happy Birthday to my sweet, blue-eyed boy. How much laughter you have brought into our lives. I cannot wait to meet the person you will be tomorrow, and every day after.
And here I was afraid to have a boy…
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