Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Happy 4th Birthday, Big Arrow!

I really can't believe I'm writing Big Arrow's 4th birthday post. This birthday is hitting me harder than most. Perhaps its because he'll start school full-time this fall, and no longer be by my side all day. Or because we're about to rock his world by moving to England. But 4 just seems so grown up, so far removed from the baby and toddler years. Sigh.

Maybe it's not the best of days to be writing about my love for him. Afterall, here are just a few reasons he threw epic tantrums this week:
  • His pizza was too soft.
  • His slinky was not making the right swishing sound.
  • He wanted to draw all the characters from a tv show on a piece of paper and they wouldn't fit.
  • I gave his brother the grape vitamin instead of a red one.
  • I stopped him from slamming his finger in the car door. "BUT. I. WANTED. TO. HURT. MY. FINGER!!!" he screamed for all the neighborhood to hear.
Double sigh.

But aside from these moments of high stress and frustration, these past four years really have been delightful. He's taught me so much about appreciating small moments, simple memories, and taking time to laugh.

He's kind. Sensitive. A worrier. So, so silly. The wildest, most inventive imagination ever. Extremely particular. Very shy among strangers. Loud and talkative with family. Wicked smart. An old man trapped in a little boy's body.

And while he certainly still has his "moments" when we travel, it's funny to think about our early trips with him and all my fears about how he'd sleep, whether he'd cry on the plane, etc. Now, as long as I have a little treat tucked away as a bribe (what? you know you do it too), some paper and a few crayons, I can pretty much take him anywhere without a care in the world.

Which is good, because we have so much more of the world to show you in the years ahead, big guy.

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  1. Oh, Big Arrow. Your mom did an amazing job describing your personality- with all of its quirks and sweetness. I love you so much- you'll just never know.
    Aunt Renee

  2. As I sit here in tears trying to type, I just want you to know that you are an awesome writer, and an even more amazing mother. You will be sorely missed. However, I take comfort in the fact that though England is so very far, you will always be just a blog away.

  3. Happy Birthday Big Arrow! I can't believe it! I still remember you guys coming over to meet Tristan, not knowing that you were already expecting with Big Arrow!:) So excited for your family, and all the amazing adventures ahead of you!!!!

  4. Unfortunately moving to England means only 1 b-day still. I learned the hard way though - two (yes 2) mother's days!

    Mums Day in April, and Mothers Day (the USA version) in May. Better let your husband know now :) haha

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  6. Yes, he must definitely become shy around strangers because I CANNOT imagine this boy throwing a tantrum, no less an epic one. He seems so very reflective and gentle in public spaces. I should do a free babysitting session at your house sometime before you leave Columbus with the hope of actually seeing Big Arrow behave in a less than perfect and adorable manner.