SEVEN YEARS OLD!
How can this be?
Where does the time go?
Yesterday I was walking him to school and I asked him to hold my hand-- something we do every morning :) He sheepishly said,
"Ummmmmm, not today."
I took a big and brave mama breath and realized that my Little Dude is getting older… and that's okay… he doesn't have to hold my hand while we walk to school anymore. I understand he is growing and changing :) But I did tell him that it's perfect timing to have another little bambino in April because then I can smother the baby all the time, instead of asking Little Dude to humor me. At which point Little Dude said,
"Okay, mom, I'll hold your hand for just a minute… it keeps my hand warmer anyway."
And so, we walked to school hand in hand… and I cherished every moment of it… I even got a little choked up…. because I know this is when the snuggly, huggy, kissy, 'it's cool to be with mom' will start to fizzle out. I'm sad, but I'm glad… because it also means that he's growing into such a wonderful, courteous, happy big boy :)
We've been through a lot of ups and downs together, he and I. A lot of happiness, as well as moments of sadness. But he is one of the bravest little fella's I've ever known and I love him more than anything could ever describe.
And with that, I just want to say this:
Hold your little ones close today and if they won't let you cuddle them, tell your big ones how much you love them.
Our children are so, so, so special… and life is so precious… make every moment count!
For me, I am going to eat Subway sandwiches with Little Dude in the cafeteria for lunch today (it's his favorite!), I'm taking donuts into his adorable class (another favorite!), then we're off to celebrate with Grandma and Grandpa at Panda Express after school (again, his favorite!), and theeeeeeen the kiddo has basketball practice.
It's a great day to be SEVEN!
Love this boy of mine!
**If you want to read my birth story, click here. It was such a beautiful day and is always fun to reminisce :) And I CANNOT believe it was 7 YEARS AGO! Aaaaack!