Tuesday, November 22, 2011

To My Baby Boy On His 7th Birthday

Dear Dylan,

Today, at 8:54 AM, you turned 7. I can't believe 7 years have passed since I first met you. This was the first year I wasn't able to hug you or kiss you at your birth time, because you were in school. Instead, at that very moment, I closed my eyes and thought of the morning you were born. That morning was the most special day of my life. It was the morning you made me a mom. I closed my eyes and whispered a happy birthday to you.

I was so excited to meet you and find out if you were a boy or a girl. When you were born, I sat up and watched as you entered the world. You were the most beautiful thing I had ever seen, and I fell in love the moment I saw you. When the doctor announced "It's a BOY!!!" my heart swelled with pride and love for you.

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The past 7 years have flown by, and I find myself wishing time would slow down. As you grow up, you also grow away from me. I know that's supposed to happen, but I don't have to like it. I can't believe my tiny baby boy is now a mature, smart, independent first grader.

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This past year brought many changes to your life. In many ways, you were forced to grow up. You had to become more independent and help more as I dealt with extreme morning sickness. You became a big brother for the second time. You started to attend school all day. Even though these things were forced on you, you have thrived.

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Dylan, you are an amazing person. Even though you've been rebelling a bit more (which is natural), the good continues to shine through. You are an amazing big brother and an amazing son. You are special to everybody that meets you. We are all so lucky to have you in our lives.

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Many times, I find myself in awe over the fact that we are raising such a wonderful son. In awe over the fact that we actually knew what we were doing, and did it right. We are so proud of you.

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You are so smart. You always give your best and strive to succeed. You are so curious, and you love to learn. Reading is one of your favorite things to do. You are doing so well in school, and ended up with straight A's during the first grading period.

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You have an incredible imagination. You have daily adventures with your sister and your cousins. You prove that you don't need toys to have fun...just a good imagination!

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You are so sweet, kind, loving, caring, respectful, and polite. People always comment on how sweet and polite you are. You know manners are imporatant, and you use them well.

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The best thing about you is your compassion. You possess a maturity well beyond your years. You put others before yourself. You recently cashed in your tickets from playing arcade games, and the first things you chose were rings and squinkies for your sister. When Lily cries, you stop what you're doing and race to help her. You truly care about others and their well-being.

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I always say that you're the sweetest boy I've ever met. You are constantly hugging your family and friends and telling them how much you love them. You aren't afraid what others think of you. You still hug me and kiss me before you climb on the bus every morning, and blow me a kiss from your seat. You smile and run to me, and grab my hand when you climb off the bus. I will savor every single moment of sweetness you offer.

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From the moment I met you, I thought there was something extra special about you. And it isn't just me who notices it. You are an old soul. You are filled with goodness and light. Please, Dylan, hold onto that quality which makes you so special. You will go far in life, and will continue to touch the lives of everybody you meet.

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There are many nights that you pray for me, just before I leave your room. You always say, "Dear God, Please watch over mommy and let her live a long, happy, healthy, safe life with all her loved ones." I wish the same for you. I pray for it every single night.

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I tell you everyday how much I love you and how much you mean to me. I don't think I can truly express just how much I love you. My heart swells so much, it almost hurts, when I think of you. I love you with all my heart, all my being, and more.

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Dylan, you were one of the best things that ever happened to me. I didn't realize it when I found out you were coming, but after you were born, I knew you were an answer to a prayer. 7 years have gone by in the blink of an eye, but in many ways you have always been a part of me. You have always been here. It's true when I say you lived in my heart before you were born. On the day of your birth, I finally experienced the most amazing kind of love. The love between a mother and her child.

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I wish nothing but the best for you. I pray you live a long, happy, healthy, amazing life. I pray that you love your family just as much when you are grown as you do now. I pray that each birthday is better than the last. Reach for the stars, Dylan. You can do anything if you put your mind to it.

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I thank God every single day for putting you in my life. For making me the mother of the most amazing little boy. I accepted that gift, and will put all my heart and soul into taking care of you and loving you.

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Happy 7th Birthday, Dylan! You have my heart, now and always. I love you forever.

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Love, Mommy

November 22, 2011 12:12 PM

25 comments:

  1. Very sweet! Happy Birthday Dylan!

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  2. Happy Birthday Dylan! I so enjoyed looking at your pictures! XOXO

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  3. Happy Birthday sweet Dylan!! Oh what a beautiful post mama.

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  4. Oh Stefanie, that was beautiful! I remember finding out I was pregnant with my daughter and being more scared than anything. After she was born and especially now - two years later - I realize how much I needed her in my life and that she was an answer to prayer.

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  5. Aww happy birthday Dylan! What a handsome boy! I love the black and white photo. :o)

    Jamie
    For Love of Cupcakes

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  6. Happy Birthday to your little man. He is such a cutie and I love all the pictures.

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  7. Happy Birthday, Dylan!! You are as handsome as ever!! And hey, Love all of your Playmobile goodies. :)

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  8. When I was looking at these pictures, Logan was looking and saying the kids names.

    jjjahh ---- This is from him :)

    It says HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEE or Dylan to the rest of us!

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  9. What a beautiful, heartfelt letter to Dylan! I hope he's having a wonderful birthday :)

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  10. This is beautiful :) I loved seeing toddler Dylan - so cute! Happy birthday to your special little man!

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  11. Beautiful words for your sweet grown-up guy! It's fun to see how much they change. Happy birthday to Dylan!

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  12. Oh happy birthday little man! What precious pictures throughout the years! You must be one, proud Momma :)

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  13. What a sweet post! Happy Birthday to your "little" man!

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  14. Ahh, you have me in tears. Happy birthday to Dylan!!

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  15. Beautiful post!! Time flies but t least that little boy is happy and healthy!!:-) happy birthday!!!

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  16. Happy Birthday, Dylan!

    I love seeing "through the years" photos like this! I think the recent one of the two of you and the baby swing photos are my favorites =)

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  17. What a loving tribute - you make me tear up!

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  18. Happy 7th birthday! Such a sweet post!

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  19. Happy (Belated) Birthday to Dylan! He is just so cute! Loved reading your post!

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  20. So grown up so fast! I love the look back to how tiny he was (and how many of those pictures look like my own Itty Bit - it still blows me away, ha ha)

    Happy Birthday Dylan - you are loved much!

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  21. What a super sweet post! Happy Birthday Dylan!!

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  22. He is so cute! My grandson turned 7 on the 19th. They are practically twins.
    Sandy

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  23. This letter is beyond sweet! Happy birthday D!!

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  24. Ahh! So sweet! He's such a blessing :)

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