My little man is is growing up! Today was his fifth birthday and I just can't get over how time flies. It was nearly four years ago that he came into our lives. I had no idea what an amazing difference he would make in our lives when we received that phone call four years ago. Today I cannot possibly imagine my life without this bundle of energy, this joy of mine.
Four years ago, Seth and I received a phone call with an unlikely suggestion: were we interested in hearing about a one year old who needed a home for a year, maybe more? Maybe less? Maybe forever? Well, we didn't know what we were getting into, but we definitely said we were interested in hearing more. Just weeks later, the J-man was a fully integrated member of our family. We've never looked back since, and we can't imagine life without him.
Four years ago, J was walking and running and jumping. He was pointing and babbling, but not talking. He walked into our living room and found the few toys that had wheels - he was all boy, even then. He ate cheerios, drank milk, and played with his food. He giggled at the slightest attention, and loved to be read to.
Today, the J-man is still all boy, but even more so. He still loves his cars and trucks, but is also obsessed with dinosaurs. Lately, he's also been all about the big-boy Legos and, most importantly, Bionicles. He still likes Cheerios, but now he also loves Pizza, hot dogs, and chicken nuggets. One of his favorite treats is Twizzlers, and he's recently discovered that he likes plain Hershey's chocolate. He still loves to run and run and run and run and run. And run. And run some more. He loves soccer and craves time for sports. He is full of life and full of love for everyone around him.
I have never seen a better big brother in this world - he loves his three little siblings more than anything in the whole wide world. He entertains them and plays with them and snuggles with them. He used to ask when they would be big enough for him to hold and pick up and play with, and he's so excited now that they are more interactive with him. He makes them giggle at him endlessly and when they giggle, he runs to tell us - "Hey Eema and Abba, watch this! The babies are laughing at me!" It is the most beautiful sound and sight in the world.
My beautiful baby boy is growing up. He's not the teeney little boy that came into our lives four years ago. He's a big kindergartner with opinions and thoughts and passions.
My little boy is really a big boy now. He's becoming more independent with each day that passes. He is a little person now and I'm having to learn to let him be his own person - easier said than done.