My two boys were born one day apart. Three years and one day to be exact. Brooks turned nine yesterday, and today Case turns six today. Their birth stories are so clear and special in my mind, as they probably are for every mother. It’s hard to believe all these years have already flown by. I love being a mom. It’s the most amazing job I never knew I always wanted. My every day is centered around these two sweet boys, and I wouldn’t want it any other way.
This past year was our first full year without my mom in our lives. When she was living, she was beyond helpful with the boys. No matter what I needed and no matter how sick she felt, she would be there. I never took her for granted. I’ve always known what special parents I have, but once she passed, I clearly realized how much she helped with the boys and how close she was to them. Just like they are to me, they were the angels in her world and the lights in her life. It’s so hard to not have her here, but other than missing her, I feel very blessed. Blessed to be a mom. Blessed to have these two precious little boys who hold my heart in their sweet little palms.
Today I celebrate both of them. Each year around their birthdays, I write a birthday blog post highlighting their years. It’s fun to reflect, and I hope these posts are something they’ll enjoy when they get older.
Yesterday, Brooks woke up early on his birthday. And as he and I snuggled in my bed, I told him his birth story, and we listened to a special voicemail. My dad kept a voicemail from the day of his birth for nine years. He was working the night Brooks was born, so my mom called him and left a sweet message about the birth and how well Brooks and I were both doing. I recorded it on my phone so I’ll always have it. It’s hard to hear her voice, but it’s also beautiful. Brooks and I just sat in the silence and listened to her talk about his weight and height and cuteness. Brooks had never heard it until yesterday. It was like hearing an angel.
Brooks is my little old soul. He has always acted much older than his age and wanted to learn and know things most kids could care less about. He’s smart and inquisitive and driven and tough as nails. It takes a lot to make this kid cry so when he does shed a tear, I know something is really wrong. He and I share a love for sushi, history, travel, reading and culture. He has a unique confidence about him and marches to the beat of his own drum. He’s never been one to jump on a bandwagon or do something just because his friends are doing it. I love this about him. His mind is quick and logical and he enjoys conversing about everything and anything. He strives to be helpful and will always do what I ask to help us get going or make a situation easier. He says he wants to be a pilot and travel the world. I have no doubts he can make this happen.
Brooks is a perfect oldest child and a beautiful boy with a wonderful spirit. And I am so in love with him. Below are eight milestones from this past year.
Eight in Year 8
First trip to Disney World
Earned first solo part in school musical (sang Whole New World as Aladdin)
Began reading Harry Potter series and other larger novels
First time out of the country (Mexico)
Continued excelling with his swim team (Smoky Mountain Aquatic Club)
Won the Power of Pink 5K run
Developed a love for Gemini Jets (collector airplanes)
Earned a spot on his school’s student council
Last night after a birthday dinner, Case lost his first two teeth. They’ve been loose for a while and for some reason, he worked on them all day yesterday so when we got back to our house, he was ready for them to come out. He wanted me to pull them, so I did. I pulled both those teeth in a matter of 10 minutes. So even though it’s early in the morning, he’s already had a big day.
Case has the most gentle soul. He is sensitive and will cry if he feels someone else is upset. He worries about me and the rest of the family. Even at his young age, he can read our expressions and body postures and can tell if someone is upset. He’s a chatterbox and loves making people laugh. He’s truly a little ball of sweet, fun energy who goes with the flow. We can be flying on a plane to a foreign country or staying at home for 12 hours and he’s happy either way. He is a natural optimist and is highly skilled at pointing out the silver lining in every situation. He’s creative and artistic and can entertain himself for hours. He’s my little snuggle bunny and nothing makes him happier than crawling up in a chair with me to watch a movie or read a book. Snuggling is one of our favorite things to do.
Case loves dinosaurs and says he wants to be a paleontologist, but lately he’s gotten so into his drawings, I think he may be some type of illustrator but who knows? He’s got some time to figure that all out. He’s my precious baby boy, and I’m so in love with him. Below are five milestones from this past year.
Five in Year 5
First trip to Disney World
Learned to swim
First time out of the county (Mexico)
Lost first two teeth
Oh, how I love these two boys. Every day is a wonderful adventure with them. While parenting is hard work, emotionally and physically, it’s my most treasured gift. Happy birthday, Brooks and Case! I love you more than you’ll ever know.