Saturday, August 20, 2011

Happy Third Birthday, William Patrick

Dearest Will,

Three years ago today, you were born and my world changed completely.

This is what I wrote on your birthday, August 20, 2008.

The most amazing this has happened.
I am a mother. My husband is a father. We are parents and we are so in love.

This is as true today as it was when I first wrote it, if not more so. I am a mother. Not just any mother, but your mother. Your father is a father. Your father. We are your parents and we are so much in love with you.

If someone had told me that day in the hospital how quickly the time would pass, I wouldn't have believed them. And at first, to be quite honest, time passed rather slowly. Each day, though wonderful, was a battle as we figured each other out and learned to be a family. Then, somehow, we got into a rhythm. Each day got easier, better, and more wonderful than I could have possibly imagined. There were days when I literally pinched myself because I couldn't believe that my dreams had finally come true. You were everything I had dreamed of and so very much more.

You are a strong-willed little boy who is often determined to get his way. You have very definite ideas on what you want and when you want it. These qualities can make parenting you a bit of a challenge, but they will be assets as you grow. And while I do believe you will be assertive in getting what you want, I also know that you will be respectful in doing so. While you are not shy in asking for what you want, you are also not short in generosity, making sure that others get things, too.

Your heart is so big. You are so compassionate. You are the first person to ask a friend if they are okay if they fall down and to help them by getting a grown up. If your sister cries, you are on the run for a binkie or toy to calm her down.

When we gave you your big boy bed for your third birthday present, one of your first questions was, "Can Emma come up, too?" You love your sister, you love to include her in everything, you love to teach her things. You make my heart burst with pride over how you have grown so much Emma came into our lives.

Every birthday we hit is a milestone that brings mixed emotions. I am so glad to see you thriving, growing, and learning so much every day. With each new age comes new opportunities, adventures, and excitement. It also makes me long for the days when you were just a tiny baby in my arms. Those times were so fleeting and I have to admit, there are many days when I wish I could just go back there.

But then you say or do something so knock-me-off-my-feet-AMAZING and there is no moment I would rather be in than this one. You have made me a mother, made us a family, made all of my dreams come true, and made me so grateful to share all of this with an incredible human being. I am so proud of you, my sweetest (not so) Little Man. I am so blessed by you. Thank you for being born and changing me forever.

I love you. . . soooooo much.



And so it goes said...

Happy Birthday Will!

Love this post- what a great big brother.

I already have some anticipatory grief knowing how fleeting these next days, months, and years are. It is going to go so fast, and there is nothing I can do about it. :(

HereWeGoAJen said...

Happy birthday, Will!

Anonymous said...

Happy belated birthday, Will!

It Is What It Is said...

Happiest of happy birthdays, Will! (and happy 'he's growing up' day, mama!).

Rebecca @ Unexplained X2 said...

Too sweet! Happy birthday!!

We should talk one day about my kindergarten debate...

Christy said...

What a happy birthday for all of you! Lovely picture, too!

Searching said...

Happy birthday, WIll!!!

alison said...

Happy belated birthday, little man. This internet auntie loves you! :)