Peter's 5th Birthday

Monday, April 21, 2014
Dear Peter,

You are growing up to be a wonderful little boy. I am so thankful you are beginning to understand rules and consequences and that you are learning self control. From ages 2-4 there were times, as your mother, that I wanted to throw in the towel and quit. You were a lot of work!!

But you have turned a corner and are much more manageable these days. You try your best to do as you are asked (it's hard when you don't get your way...and I understand. It's hard for me, too). You have such an open mind and are constantly learning new things. I love watching you grasp new concepts. I love that you enjoy school and music lessons and soccer and gymnastics. You are the youngest in your music class of all girls--but you have wonderful pitch and do a good job of keeping up with everyone. You sat down one day, all on your own, and did your music theory homework 6 weeks ahead of schedule. You are pretty determined when you set your mind to something.

More than anything, I love watching you interact with your little sister. You are so sweet to her (most of the time). It melts my heart to see you playing together. She loves you so much and copies nearly everything you do.

The week started off with me bringing cupcakes to your preschool class. You were so darling, the way you went around to all of your classmates and said, "Did you say thank you to my mom?" I was amazed that you would be that thoughtful.

You were doing some sort of "I'm so awesome" dance while we sang Happy Birthday. 

Then the birthday fairy came the night before you turned 5 and filled your room with balloons and streamers. Daddy and I were so excited for you to come running into our room in the morning yelling, "Mommy! Daddy! Come see what's in my room!"...but you didn't come! We were so surprised. We woke to the sound of you and Zoë playing. We thought you were throwing the balloons around the room. But when we came in to check on you we found this instead--

You filled up Zoë's crib with every single balloon and you guys were having such a blast. Daddy and I couldn't stop laughing. You are so creative and funny. I absolutely adore you.

I worry about how much sugar you eat. I worry about the kinds of choices you will make as you get older. And I hope you will always keep your sweet nature. Just this very day (I'm writing this a week and a half after your actual birthday) you came to my bedside and stroked my hair and sang to me. I've been in bed sick and it melted my heart. You made up the song yourself and it was really good! When I got out of bed to use the restroom, you walked me back and said, "You need to get in bed, Mommy." When daddy would leave the room you would say, "I'm staying here to watch mommy." What a little man!

You had a great time at your party at the park with several of your friends. You are so excited to now have a collection of Legos! You have waited patiently for Zoë to be old enough for you to get Legos. We didn't want her putting the small pieces in her mouth and choking on them. You got several different Ninjago and StarWars legos and you spend hours putting them together. Daddy loves doing it as much as you do.

You start Kindergarten this Fall. I have a feeling you will thrive in school. You are so social and smart. Every day with you is an absolute gift. Things aren't perfect all the time--you still get upset and whine regularly, but we have a lot of fun together.

You are such a hard worker. I hope to teach you the value in hard work.

I love you, son! More than tongue can tell.



  1. He's a beautiful boy and an even more beautiful soul. I know those 2's. I have a theory that the terrible two's last for 2 years. YIKES!! My grandson turns 4 next month and I can see the change in him (finally). Your children are such a treasure. It's hard to see them grow up isn't it.?? I still remember taking my son to Kindergarten the first day like it was yesterday (he's 31 years old now). I took him to meet the teacher and make sure he got to his class. When I went to leave, he was all confused and said "Don't mommy's take their little boys to school and then pick them up and take them home to make cookies?" Oh my...I told him the day care bus would come get him and that I'd pick him up after school and make cookies when we got home (we did it!!). I kissed him goodbye and told him to be a good boy. Then I went to my car, put my head down on the steering wheel and cried and cried. More than anything I wanted to be that mom who took her kids to school and picked them up but alas I had to work. I was lucky to be a stay-at-home mom for 3 years when he was litte. Now, I am a grandma and only 20 months away from retirement. It is a good thing I worked because now I'm on my own financially after my husband passed away 5 1/2 years ago in August 2008. But life is took me a while to realize just how blessed and lucky I've been my whole life. Peter is such a good son and he will be a good example for your Zoe. Peter has zest and energy that will take him places in life. FIVE YEARS OLD!! Wow. Tell him Happy Happy Birthday for me. Thank you for sharing a little piece of your life with strangers. You always manage to brighten my day!!

  2. Happy birthday wishes for your cute son! Time is flying by-- I love 5! IT's a great year! I'd like to write more, but I am still stunned by cuteness overload from the balloons in the crib. Magical!!


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