My little boy. You will always be my little boy, no matter how big you are. As my first born, you made me a mom. We figured this whole thing out together. It was always me and you, even more so after your dad and I split up. You were just a baby, so I know you don’t remember, but it wasn’t always easy. We made it though, partly because you were the best baby and toddler ever. I didn’t realize how easy you made it for me until I had your sister (not that’s she was bad, she was a normal kid, don’t get any ideas there).
It was fun, just me and you. You were my little buddy. And heck, with your speech issues no one could understand you but me. You kindergarten teacher couldn’t even understand you most of the time, but you never let it bother you. You never got frustrated with people asking you to repeat yourself. I couldn’t ask for a more easy going, happy kid.
Now, I look at you and it seems like you are almost grown. I know we still have a few more years together (but no more than 10, at some point you do have to leave), but it seems to be going so fast. I know I tell you, but I really am proud of the person you’ve become. You’ve tried different activities, but not all were for you. When you started band though and found something you really liked, you put your all into it. I know how proud you were when you made honor band, because I was just as proud.
Your mind continues to amaze me. Even when you were little, you would ask questions about things. I was amazed when at 4, you were asking things like why the sun sets. I’ve always explained everything as well as I could. I want you to never stop questioning how things work and why things happen. You are so smart and you understand just about everything we talk about. Even if you don’t fully get it, we continue on with it until you do.
The shopping trip we had a few weeks ago really hit home how much you’ve grown. You’ve officially passed me in shoe size and you are wearing men’s clothes. The boys no longer fit. Three more inches and you’ll be taller than me too. It won’t take long at all for that to happen. All that growing means you eat nonstop too. I’ve never seen a kid love red meat and bacon as much as you do. If you could eat a bacon cheeseburger for every meal, you would. I swear, an hour after we eat a meal, you are ready for a snack. I just don’t know where it goes. Thankfully, you are a pretty good eater and like the healthier things that I keep on hand. Like the new Yoplait® Go Big™ Yogurt. It’s a bigger size, a good source of calcium, and is enough to keep you satisfied. For a bit anyways.
Seriously though, I hope you know how proud I am of you and how much I love you. Who else is going to watch reruns of The Middle with me and laugh at the ridiculousness?
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