Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Happy 9th birthday, Hayden

I tell people that I had parenting all figured out until I had my first boy.  Your four sisters require a different type of mothering than you and your brother so I adjust frequently.  I’ve learned that behind that raucous, tough-guy exterior is a wonderful little boy who still loves his morning hug and his before-bed kiss and a lot of reassurance. 

It’s been surprisingly wonderful the last few months to not open a door myself or carry a single bag of groceries in your presence as you seek to be a true gentleman.  I’ve seen you sit back and think before you react to your brother and give away a precious treasure to keep a sister happy, examples of your budding maturity.

Hayden, you are more precious to me than I can adequately express.  Watching you change and grow into a young man is new and exciting to me.  You came into this world the loudest baby I’d ever heard.  I look forward to witnessing how you will continue to make your presence known to others.

I love you so much,


Gina said...

What precious words...I love it. He totally made my day Saturday when he walked up to me, gave me a big bear hug, and said, " I love you Auntie Gina!".
Then I reminded him about "cowboy man" teeheehee!

Anonymous said...

That was so beautiful......HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Hayden!! We love you!