Today you are six! SIX! I can hardly believe it’s been six whole years since you made me a mama. Adults always talked about how time flies when I was a kid and I never really understood it until you came along. I wish that time would slow down because I’m not ready for you to grow up so quickly.
The past year has been a big one for us. We moved into our new home shortly after your last birthday and you love our house as much as I do. I’m so happy that I was able to give you a home with space to grow. You love to play in the yard with the neighbour boys and ride your bike around the block.
Yes, this summer you learned to ride your bike without training wheels! You were pretty stubborn about it though. You didn’t want to try even though I knew you could do it. Not even the neighbour boy who rode a two wheel couldn’t entice you to try. It wasn’t until you spent a week with Grandma and Grandpa at their new house and playing outside with the neighbourhood kids there. You wanted to keep up with them and away you went. Sometimes I have to remind myself that you’ve always done things on your own time and to stop getting so frustrated. You’ve been that way since you were born (two and a half weeks overdue).
Grandma and Grandpa also moved this year. I know you miss their old house, the pond and the horses, but you also love having them close. You get so much more time with them and always ask if we can go to their house. They got a new puppy this year, Bea, or the Crazy Bea Dog as you call her. You always wanted a dog of your own to love and she loves you so much. You don’t love her when she’s too excited and jumps and nips but hopefully she will calm down so you two can be the best of friends. You have a big heart when it comes to animals and I can no longer kill a spider or moth in the house with you around. You want me to capture it and let it go outside instead. Do you know how hard it is to catch a moth!? Another reason why our new home is so great for you is because you can stop and visit all the neighbourhood dogs when we’re out for a walk or bike ride. You always point out every dog you see while we’re driving too. I don’t think you’ve met an animal you didn’t want as a pet.
You’re have some pretty stellar dance moves these days. You love listening to music loud in the car (a boy after my own heart) and rocking out while I practice for my Pound classes. You love Imagine Dragons and really want to go to their concert. I can’t wait for the day I can take you to your first concert!
This summer we sadly said goodbye to your amazing day home. You were sad to leave your friends there but excited to start grade one. So far you are loving grade one. For awhile, I thought all you did was go to recess and gym because it’s all you talk about, but you also love math and science which is really cool. Your teachers both adore you and say you’re doing well. You need to work on staying focused on task and sitting still, but you’re a busy kid. They say that your Spanish pronunciation is so on point they thought we might have Spanish relatives in the family that are influencing you, which is pretty cool. You’re already talking in sentences I don’t understand and I realize I may need to start learning Spanish sooner than later to keep up with you. You love the after school care program that you’re in on the weeks you’re with me until I’m done work and get mad every single time I come to pick you up. I guess that’s a good thing but it kind of hurts my heart a little that you’re not excited to see me. School makes you so tired and you’re back to going to bed around 7. I’ve forgotten what to do with myself in the evenings with the extra time and sometimes that means you get some extra snuggles at bed time. You’ve been known to talk my ear off a mile a minute and then roll over and be immediately asleep these days. It’s amazing. I wish I could sleep like you do!
We are still struggling with your behaviour and temper at home. It’s made for some really hard times but it’s balanced out when I hear other people talk about what a sweet kid you are. And you really are. You once said helping others is your super power in a school activity and it couldn’t be more true. You’re eager to help a friend and stick up for others. You have such a kind, sweet, heart underneath all your crazy boy antics. It makes me so proud watching you grow up and learn new things. I can’t wait for the year ahead and seeing you grow into your own little person.
I love you so much, Liam.