Oh buddy I can’t BELIEVE that I’ve been writing these letters to you since you were born. It boggles my mind to think about all of the adventures we have had since we brought you home from the hospital and took off on on our life’s biggest adventure.
You are four years old. FOUR! And while some days it feels like you’re 4 going on 15-year-old-girl, what with the eye rolls and the dramatic sighs and the stomping of feet and slamming of doors, I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Well, most days I wouldn’t anyway.
You are a crazy man. All baseball, all sports, all biking, scootering, running, yelling, climbing, jumping, shouting… all.the.time. If you aren’t outside hitting the baseball or throwing a football with dad? You aren’t really happy. You are my sports guy and this year made a phenomenal leap in how you can throw and hit a baseball. This is the year that you gave up the baseball tee and decided that you would ONLY hit it if Daddy pitched it to you.
And you CRUSH it.
You are smart and funny too. Sometimes I think TOO smart for your own good, but damn kid… you make me laugh when I don’t want to throttle you. (what with the eye rolls and stomping of feet and slamming of doors, etc) You love school and your friends and while we are working on a few things (competitive much? jeez) I’m generally really happy with how you interact with your friends.
We’ve had some crazy adventures this year, from traveling back to NY to see your Great Grandparents, to trips to San Diego, to Disneyland, to Tahoe… and you’re accomplished so much in such a short amount of time.
This is the year that you potty trained completely (OHTHANKGOD).
This is the year that you learned to swim.
You went from learning to ride a bike with training wheels, to taking those things off and FLYING down the street.
You went from a completely ineffective swimmer (pretty much drowning when we got in the pool) to SWIMMING, in the course of a week.
You don’t just make leaps when you learn something new, you make QUANTUM leaps. You don’t know how to do something… until the minute that you do, and then you are OFF and RUNNING and GO AWAY I CAN DO THIS MYSELF WHEEEEEEEE!
The most amazing thing about this year was the addition of your sister to our little family of three, and how it affected you.
You LOVE her. You think she is the most wonderful thing we ever brought home for you to play with and cover her with kisses and hugs and call her your “Sweet Abby”, your “Pretty Abby”. I know that you won’t always think she’s so great but I hope that you always love and adore her the way that you do now. That you always protect her like you do now. That you are always her “Big” and she is your “Little”.
We love you so much Dude and as we celebrate your fourth birthday, your last year before kindergarten, your true entry into boyhood, just remember who loves ya…
Happy 4th Birthday.
So as usual, the music is his favorite song of the year… And who can be disappointed when that song happens to be from the Who? Rock on kid.