This past year has been a year of such contradiction as you have started finding yourself. You have pushed the boundaries, driven your father and I up the wall but at the same time have given us such insight into your beautiful little soul. You are a delight!
I love that you have started having strong opinions about EVERYTHING in life. What it is you want to watch on TV. Which book we read to you before bed time. How we say prayers together. The manner in which I sing our bedtime song. The clothes you want to wear. The clothes Gemma must wear. What is the best toy to throw in the garden for Saffy. On and on and on – if there is an opinion to be had – you have it. I love this. I love that you are exploring your world and are finding your own path in it. Does it frustrate me at times? Absolutely! But I think that is part of the learning for us both.
You are a GREAT big brother. I can always rely on you to “check what Gemma is up to” and to report back to forth width if she’s doing something you deem wrong or dangerous (even tattle tailing when she’s again feeding Jazzy part of her food). I love how you and Gems play together now that she is mobile. How you run around and chase each other and laugh and giggle and screech with joy! I don’t love having to be your constant referee tho as with most siblings there have been many disagreements and fights over toys (you HATE me putting them into toy jail when you guys can’t share). Overall what I can already see is that your baby sister will never have to worry about whose got her back. Cos its you baby, it’s you.
You have come so far in terms of your swimming this year. You are a winter baby. Water is not your first delight. You are cautious in a pool and honestly I prefer this. But you have diligently listened to your swimming teacher (even teaching us at home how to use pool noodles correctly with Gemma) and you have streaked ahead with your water confidence. You waltz into school like you own the place and I am thankful that whilst kisses at home are often stolen you still allow me to kiss you goodbye in your class every day. You teach us new songs and nursery rhymes and your memory is astounding.
My boy. My darling boy.