Monday, June 10, 2013

Happy Half Birthday Alex

Dear Alex,

Today is your half birthday.  I have been a mom for 7 and 1/2 years. In just a few days, you will have completed first grade. You have excelled in school this year. You are so very smart.  You love to read, write, and draw cartoons.  Math is like second nature to you! Your critical thinking skills amaze me.

You have been having so much fun this Spring.  We took a family vacation back to Turks and Caicos.  I always say that this is our special place - mine, daddy's and yours.  We had a great time with Isabella, Zachary and all the Beynons.  You snorkeled and saw a sea turtle and went down the big water slides.  We both cried a little when we had to leave.

 You did an outstanding job in basketball and lacrosse this year.  Daddy bought you a "bounce back" and you love to put your music on and go out there and practice. Your "uniform" these days consists of Nike or UA shirts, LAX shorts and bright socks pulled up to your knees.  You love playing in the woods, on the Smith's tennis courts and at the pool with your friends. All of a sudden my little baby is running around the neighborhood with his buddies. It makes me so nervous, but you are growing up and this momma has to learn to let go...but only a little bit!!

Last week you brought your writing journal home from school.  This was your last entry:

Hello. It's Alex and I want to tell you about me.  I'm very nice and I'm also sweet.  Don't forget caring and awesome too. I'm cute, I mean look at that face." 

I couldn't have said it better myself.

You are the best kid.  Your heart is huge. You are sensitive, silly and serious all rolled into one! You make me proud to be your mom.  When I look at you and the person you are already at 7 (and 1/2), I feel so good about myself.  You make me feel like I'm doing something right. And even though you are no longer a baby, you are still my sweet boy.  You are my protector, my cuddle bug (I won't tell your friends), my buddy (although you are daddy's best buddy, but I'm okay with that), and my fellow beach bum. And after a long day, I look forward to the few precious minutes we spend together at bedtime, talking and reading.  It is the very best part of my day, because I get to spend it with you, my first born.

I love you so much!