Our boys’ birthdays are one day apart. Ironically, my sister and I had birthdays that were four days apart, so I know what it’s like to sort of share a birthday with a sibling. It’s awesome. All of my birthday memories involve my best friend. We would sometimes share a party, but I would have my friends there and she would have hers. We would anticipate our birthdays together and giddily plan our big days.
When we found out Case’s due date was within days of Brooks’s birthday, I was excited because I knew how much fun they would have together. This weekend we celebrated Brooks’s 5th birthday and Case’s 2nd birthday. We haven’t done the dual birthday party yet, but I think next year we will.
After Brooks was born, I remember holding his little swaddled body and wondering what in the world I was going to do with this precious little boy. Would I be a good a mom? Will I know what he needs? Will he be happy? Once we took him home, those first two weeks seemed like a very long time as Todd and I stumbled our way through the early days of parenthood.
Now in what seems like a blink of an eye, he is five-years old. We’ve all heard the adage, ‘time flies’ and it is certainly true. He is now a little person with his own opinions, likes and dislikes, hobbies, and thoughts. I’m so excited for the adventures that await him, but also a little saddened that it all goes so quickly.
It’s also hard to believe that little Case is already two. His birthday is one day after Brooks’s. When I was pregnant with Case, Brooks asked with big serious eyes, “Are you going to be in the hospital with the baby on my birthday?” I could tell that would not make him very happy.
I don’t know how I did it. It really was mind over body, but somehow I kept that little squiggly baby in my body until 9:00am the day after Brooks’s birthday.
Case is now becoming his own little person too. He is already the ham of the family. He is very silly, mischievous, and assertive. He loves all sports and balls. I love that he and Brooks are so different yet alike in many ways that matter.
All parents know how fleeting childhood is, and because of that, I am trying my very hardest to soak up every moment. I love our two little boys more than anything and am very proud to be their mommy.
Happy birthday, Brooks & Case!