Thursday, January 14, 2016

5 Already

Photos by Whitney Hardie Hardie Photography
Our Charlie has turned 5! It is so very odd to realize that Keith and I have been parents for 5 years now. I hope we have become better at it. I know it has changed us. That Charlie has changed us, for the better. Most definitely for the better.

I was picking out pictures for this post and ran across these newborn pictures. He was so new to this world. Barely a week old. Oh the sweet emotions that came flooding back looking at these!

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When he was born my heart expanded so much I physically felt it. I know it sounds cheesy and over stated but I really had no idea how much love I could have for such a tiny person. Such a tiny person that has become such a delightful little boy.

He likes finding different picture effects on my phone and then taking pictures with it. On occasion he wants me to take one of him as well. This is one of my favorites. It is always humorous to go back and look at the pictures he took.
His current obsessions consist of construction equipment, dinosaurs and orcas. This morning he climbed into bed next to me with the dinosaur book he got from Amma and Papa, the toy stuffed dinosaurs he got from Granny B and Grandpa Joe and his orca light that he got from Aunt Lizzy. He snuggled up and asked me to read some of the book to him. How could I say no to that.

I came to preschool for a parent day before Christmas and Charlie and I made that masterpiece tree magnet right there. As a side note; I can't get enough of his "camera" faces.
He is absolutely loving preschool. I can't say enough positive things about his teachers. They have made his first school experience great for both Charlie and me.

Helping Grandpa Joe shovel snow with a little kid snow shovel that Grandpa bought just for this.
He is still ever my helper, especially if it is a job that his construction machines can help with. His competitive streak is a mile wide and we totally use it to our advantage. We pick teams and race to see who can get ready for bed first. It is a big deal to be the first to get on the teeth brushing stool! Something on his plate that he doesn't want to try? Let's race to see who can eat it first! The one I get the biggest kick out of (and I dread the day he will catch on to it) is the race to see who can pick up the last toy in the room. Oh I love how well that one works! I am going to use it as long as I can.

Yes, I do love dear Charlie. I won't lie, there are plenty of days where he makes us completely exasperated and leaves me feeling like I am really terrible at this whole mom gig, but I absolutely love seeing the world through his eyes. He is learning so much each and every day. It seems like he is always asking some question that is surprisingly thoughtful and mature for his age.

He is a kind hearted, curious, determined, silly little guy and I am ever so glad that he is mine.

Happy birthday Charlie!!!

1 comment:

branches 'n' twigs said...

What precious pictures of that smart, fun little guy. Happy Birthday Charlie! :)