A Bushel of Brooks

A Bushel of Brooks
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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

5th Birthday ... A Mother's Reflections

Yesterday Reuben turned five. It's hard to imagine when you're holding a freshly birthed, 6 pound, 10 ounce baby in your arms that one day he'll get bigger and bigger.

But, of course, that's exactly what they do.

It's almost unfathomable to think at that moment that you'll have a defiant toddler someday - looking right at you when you say "NO!", and then he turns to do exactly what he wanted to do and that you didn't want him to do.

You can't imagine the sweetness of a little boy's arms wrapping around your neck for the tightest, most intense, squeezy hugs ... and thinking as he does it "One day he won't want to give Mommy squeezy hugs, so I'm going to make this hug last".

You don't realize that you'll say things to this little baby that you never thought that you would say to anyone: "Please get your hands out of your pants"  or "You can eat grass, but I really wouldn't try eating the hay" or "Can you stop making that gross noise with your finger in your nose?"

This little baby isn't a baby anymore. My Reuben is five. Oh Reuben! He is the funniest kid to me ... he says the most outlandish things, and then will suddenly pat my hair and tell me I am a beautiful mommy. He wants to do everything EVERYTHING Jonah does - and is often pretty successful at getting close to that! He has a math brain and he can disappear for moments into his own world.

And we love him.

We let him start his day with a pancake and candle yesterday. Most of the day was normal: gym; homeschool coop; school work at home; etc. But he basked in the fact that it was his birthday. His day. Mya spent the afternoon and evening with us after she got off school, and was there when he opened his two presents from us: a Skylanders figure, and a Nerf bow. Needless to say, there was quite a bit of practice the rest of the evening!

He went to bed so thrilled to have had his birthday. And we were so glad to give that middle boy bits of a day to remember.

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