I suck at this blog thing...I have good reason, though, and I'm not apologizing. Up until X-man's 5th birthday on October 27th, I at least did a good job of getting birthday blogs posted within a few days of their birthdays, but I have certainly faltered this time. So...I WILL get this thing written even if I have to do it a bit at a time. Squeaky D has finally nearly perfected his sitting up technique over the last few days (see? I wrote this forever ago...the dude is crawling and now wants to walk in the worst way) and is delighted to be able to sit and entertain himself for a bit here and there which has made my life infinitely easier! So, my sweet 5 (and a half) year old...here's your very belated birthday post!
It's been another big year...lots of growing has been done, another baby brother has been added to our family and I continue to mesmerize at the boy you have become. Let's talk about the growing. At your 4 year appointment you measured in at a very tall 43 1/2 inches, which is the 95th percentile! I thought that was amazing until your 5 year appointment where you measured in at 47 1/2 inches, which is the 97th percentile...4 inches in a year! You are now in size 6/7 clothing and it seems as soon as something fits you perfectly, you hit another growth spurt, marked by a bottomless stomach and heavy sleeping, and then I'm left trying to figure out what I can dress you in...and where my baby went. :(
|The year of silly faces...|
|Would you just smile for me, boy? :)|
But, it seems we have found a way to keep that fleeting infancy stage fresh in our minds...keep having babies! :) Squeaky D arrived on July 31st after another long pregnancy and your brotherly skills have continued to excel. Leading up to his birth you were also an excellent mommy care-taker. Thank you for that! I often had your little sister on one hip and a giant belly pushed to the other hip, so you were the best of helpers when I dropped my keys on the ground for the 87th time in a day, scooping them up almost willingly, with only a barely perceived eye roll. You also took great interest in all things pregnancy and we talked about, read about and watched lots of videos about the subject...all of which absolutely fascinated you. There were many questions, but my favorite was not, "how does the baby GET in your tummy," but, "mom, how do you STOP having babies?" You have really taken this big brother business in stride, but it became apparent during this last pregnancy that you are beginning to feel a little crowded. You have expressed concern that we may run out of room in our house if this baby-having routine continues. It's OK, buddy, we have the same concerns. :)
|Sharing HIS box! :)|
|Showing baby brother all of his new birthday toys...|
|Trying to calm him down...can you see him saying, "SHHHH"?|
|Helping with the grocery list!|
|Fearless...and already a darn good driver for Auntie Brooke!|
|He is his momma's son!|
|Have I said fearless???|
|Have I said fearless??????? :)|
|1st romp in the ocean...the only one of his brothers and|
sister that thought it was GREAT!