This silly guy turned 14 on Tuesday! I am still not sure that I am okay with that. I can't believe how quickly time has passed. I remember a 3lb. 15 inch long baby boy lying in an incubator letting everyone know that he intended to fight for his life. And then there was a 3 year old who knew just about every line of every Blue's Clues episode and recited them all day long. And I will never forget the adorable little 5 year old who was the smallest kid in Kindergarten and also the best reader. I smile when I think of a 7 year old I knew that when he started homeschool would walk with me everyday and talk of all the pebbles he would throw in the river along the way. I treasure the thoughts of a boy who even at 9 loved to bake with me and still cuddled up for stories. Even 11 seems like yesterday with a child who could ride his bike up and down the street seemingly forever.
How did time go so fast? It is so bittersweet. I miss my little boy but am proud of the young man he has become. He is smart and interesting and a lot of fun to be around. He is energetic and enthusiastic. He is also kindhearted and loveable. He has overcome a lot of obstacles in his 14 years and has shown us what it means to be strong. He loves football, music, and a certain floppy eared dog. He loves a good story and a happy ending. He likes to bounce on the trampoline or walk on his treadmill. He loves to work with numbers. He likes to go to concerts with his Dad and beat his mom at Monopoly. He is a super person!
We celebrated his birthday over the last two weeks. It was low key which is the way he likes it. Last week my parents came down to visit and he spent some time with them. He got to go eat a special birthday meal with them at a restaurant that Elvis once ate at. He likes Elvis so it was kind of thrilling for him. On his actual birthday we ordered out pizza and then he had ice cream sandwiches instead of cake. He doesn't like cake! He got some video games, cds, and a NFL quilt and sham as presents. I think he enjoyed it all.
So now he is 14 and there is no sign of him slowing down on this whole growing up thing. What's a mom to do but look into the eyes of a young man and know in her heart he will always be her baby boy and, of course, wish him a big happy birthday!
Happy Birthday Tyler!