Sunday, July 8, 2012

Whole Hand

This kid blew out five candles on his prehistoric birthday cake yesterday.

Nathan and his pals enjoyed everything from the T-Rex pinata to the classic Bauer family slip-n-slide. It was a blast watching the kids play beneath the jungle vines and perform Star Wars scenes in the kiddie pool.

Aside from all the fun, though, my baby turned five.

A whole hand seems like a lot, doesn't it? Five years ago I became a mama when a weeks-early bundle was placed in my arms. I was not afraid in that moment. Over the years, Nathan has been the guinea pig when it comes to my mothering, but I was ready. I may not be the best at it, but it is my life. And it helps that our debut child is pretty spectacular.

From the brain that holds an impressive amount of knowledge to the hands that reach for mine to the legs that run free in his wild world of imagination. Nathan is something special. As much as I'd like to keep him five, I want to see him grow and develop and accomplish.

In *this* moment, though, I'm going to kiss him, whisper "I love you," and stare into his gold-flecked brown eyes until I figure out what's behind them. This silly kid is an enormous part of me. I thank God every day for this blessing and I thank Nathan (almost) every day for the kid he is.

We all have our moments. :)

PS: Full dino party details soon!

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