My sweet boy where has the time gone? I find myself watching you when you sleep. I love that at 8 years old you still want to cuddle with your mommy. That you still give me a hug and kiss when you enter a room and when you leave. You are a big chunk of my heart. The day mommy had you I remember not being sure if you were going to be able to come home with us or not. We did have to spend a few extra days in the hospital due to feeding and jaundice issues. Then the nurses at home to help. You were so tiny and reminded me of tater tot with your complexion. That my boy is where Nater tater came from. You were just the sweetest little tot.
This last year has been a year of growth for you. You finally opened up to a few boys at school and allowed yourself to make true friendships. Not ones that Mommy and Daddy have helped you make. I have seen you hurt and I have seen you laugh until you cried. I have watched you self advocate and get what you need/want. You are so into star wars that I am pretty sure you believe full heartily that you are Yoda. You are still picky as ever when it comes to eating. Some days I wonder if you are going to fade away from how little you eat. Though I should not be surprised as you were always a lazy eater or as your great grandma calls a snacker. You make amazing grades. You still struggle a bit with reading but you love math and science.
Nathan you are gift. You make my days brighter and give me hope in humanity. You are the most compassionate child I have met. You make sure kids are ok when they are hurt. You will share your snack if a friend at school doesn’t have one. If you see momma cry you come and hug me. Nathan don’t ever let that part of you go. It is one of your best qualities. Each day I look at you, you look more and more like your Uncle James and cousin Josh. Some of mommies genetics won. Little man you are so very special. You are so very loved by all those that you come in contact with. You make me proud. You make Daddy Proud.
Son where has 8 years gone? You want so badly to be completely independent. Then there are the times where you are defeated and need mom’s hug. You never give up. You have a tenacity like no other. Don’t ever loose your drive to keep trying. I promise you that if you keep trying you will succeed. You want to be in the Army like your dad. It scares me but I know you will do just fine. You are the animal whisper. Mom thinks you should be a vet. You ask dad daily for a dog. I promise you when we go stateside you can have your pup.
I love you buggy. I hope you birthday wishes all come true. You are my sunshine!!!!