Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Oh man, 4 years? So soon?

Hey Big Dog, so you've gone and turned 4, have ya? Congratulations. This has been a big year for you. In so many ways, you've shrugged off the last vestiges of toddlerhood and sprung forward into boydom. Your run has changed from a toddler waddle in fast-forward to a sleeker faster gait. Your confidence and vocabulary have blossomed, and your lust for knowledge has made it a real challenge for me to keep up with just what you know! Your relationship with your "baby brother" has changed from the tolerant (or not so tolerant) observation from afar to a fully involved older brother role, that swings from a buddy-buddy friendship, sweet hugs, and thoughtful gestures, to out and out annoyance that I imagine will go on for, well, the rest of your life.

I always want to say, "I can't believe it has already been 4 years," but that isn't quite true. I can't believe it has only been 4 years since you were a helpless little newborn being placed on my belly, fresh from my womb. How far you have come, and how different our lives are our now. In so many ways you have taught me what is really important to me, what my real priorities are, and how much joy there is in my life. As much as you study me for guidance, you are one of the most compelling teachers I have ever encountered.

It is amazing to me that my DNA is mingled with your poppa's DNA to create every aspect of your wonderful little body. And it seems to go beyond that. Your smile, your expressions, your charming little mind, seem to have links to us both in ways that constantly surprise me. You are an extension of us in so many ways, but with all the similarities, there is a uniqueness that defines you. No one can say you are a copy of anyone else, you are your own boy.

In the next year, I look forward to seeing you gain new skills, discover new things and continue to grow and change. I love you more than I ever imagined I would. You have my heart, love and support forever. Happy Birthday, Big Dog, you are my special big boy..

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