The boys were born one day apart. Three years and one day, to be exact. Brooks turns 7 today, and Case turns 4 tomorrow. I always joke that I must have consistent fertility to have children with such close birthdays. Today and tomorrow I celebrate our sweet boys with every fiber in my being. Oh, how I love these two. Being a mom is the most amazing job I never knew I always wanted.
It’s hard to believe our beautiful boy turns 7 today. The first three months of his colicky life seemed like an eternity while the latter six years and six months have flown by in a flash. Brooks is our old soul. Anyone who has ever met him would agree, I have no doubt. The child loves antique stores, drawing, cooking, eating sushi, playing the fiddle, watching shows on Nat Geo and HGTV, playing adult Monopoly for hours and using an alarm clock. He loves searching for Sharks teeth, learning magic tricks and digging for treasures. He scoffs at Ninja Turtles and superheroes and sports paraphernalia. He’s sensitive and cerebral and intuitive and perceptive, but also assertive and stubborn and extraordinarily inquisitive. He’s the definition of unique and proudly marches to the beat of his own drum.
6 in Year 6
Today we celebrate his sixth year of life as I reflect upon six major milestones or events. So many things happened this year, but I tried to pick six that were important to him because I hope one day he will read this post.
1. Attended his first school dance.
2. Lost his first tooth (then several after that one).
3. Grew tall enough to ride all of the roller coasters at Dollywood except one (the Wild Eagle).
4. Became an avid, fluent reader (he’s already on #14 of the The Magic Treehouse series).
5. Placed for the first time in a 5K and won a medal (second in his age group).
6. Became a champ at playing Monopoly (the adult version, no Junior Monopoly for him).
Happy birthday, sweet Brooks! We love you.
Oh, how this little monkey has my heart. I am completely smitten with my baby boy. As hard as it is to believe that Brooks is turning 7, it’s equally if not more difficult to comprehend that Case will be 4 tomorrow. Since coming out of the womb, he has been easygoing, funny, silly and loving. He goes with the flow…most of the time. The child vehemently loves his family, though he doesn’t always show it to anyone other than Mommy. He genuinely cares about others, knowing at the tender age of 3 that my favorite color is purple and my favorite snack is a handful of almonds. In contrast to Brooks, Case is nothing short of obsessed with Ninja Turtles and lesser but still quite enamored with superheroes and Star Wars characters. He’s extremely agile and athletic, always hopping, running and jumping. I’m envisioning some type of court or field in his future. He is truly a bright little ball of joy, always willing to diffuse the sometimes stressed demeanor of Mommy and Daddy and the seriousness of his type-A brother.
3 in Year 3
It’s hard to narrow it down to three things, but again, I tried to think of three things that Case will find entertaining, interesting or amusing when he gets older. He continues to be obsessed with Ninja Turtles though I’m not mentioning that as a highlight because that was a highlight last year. He has also become much more comfortable in the water this year (both pool and ocean). We got bunk beds for the boys which was a highlight for both of them, but Case has only slept in the bunk bed three or four times.
1. Finally gave up his pacifier (early in the third year)
2. Rode his first roller coaster (Fire Chaser Express at Dollywood).
3. Has had a burst of cognitive development and has become extremely skilled at letter/number identification and correct letter/sound correspondence (phoneme awareness).
Happy birthday, precious Case! We love you.
Today and tomorrow we celebrate our boys. They are our hearts, our everything.
All photos taken by photographer, Tina Masciarelli.