5 years old!
Good morning. You are officially 5 years old today!
I’m so glad you are. The older you get, the closer our relationship grows.
The way I look at it is sort of like a good road trip. You have to appreciate the journey as much as the destination. As you and I both grow older and mature together as individual human beings, we also are able to know each other better as well.
Just today you were asking me about the first time you spoke “real words” to me and I understood them; and you understood me back.
You’re old enough now to where years have actually passed since those days of helping you learn to talk; back when many of your first words I taught you were vehicles we saw on the way to and from daycare each day.
The older you get, the more I am able to appreciate our relationship and our time together.
Five years ago I was clueless on how to be a parent. I had to figure it all out together with Mommy.
These days, the guessing games and the related frustrations are gone. I know you now.
Granted, you’ve got a baby brother or sister on the way in April. This is your final birthday as an “only child”. And as for me, I’ll be thrown back into the mode of changing diapers and preparing bottles.
Imagine how much you will change, for the better, when you are Mommy and Daddy’s much needed helper!
I remember how surprised I was back when you were a newborn, having parents who are both of Italian heritage (and Mexican on my side), ended up with blonde hair and blue eyes.
And I also remember several people said your hair would get darker and your eyes would change color.
But you’re 5 now, and your eyes are still blue and you pretty much still kind of have blonde hair. You’ve made it this far still looking this way!
It still amazes me.
Happy 5th Birthday, Jack. I’ve got plenty more letters to write you and we’ve got plenty more growing up to do together.