Thursday, April 24, 2014

To Brady on Your 4th Birthday

I know that this day isn't about me, but can we at least cheers to the fact that your daddy and I have been parents (also known as have survived) for the last 4 years?  Ok, now on to you.

Dear Brady,

Can it really be true, are you really 4 already? Seriously where did the last year go?  I have to say, Brady boy, I love the age you're at.  Love it.  Most people say to watch out for the terrible 3's but I have to say it was your best year yet.  Thanks for getting it out of your system when you were an infant-two years old.  You and I walked around the lake here the other night and I just realized how much I just love spending time with you. You are so fun to talk to and I just love to see how your mind works and how you see the world. Since it's your birthday I just want to share some things that I love about you. 

I love your caring heart.  You are such a good big brother to Layla and nothing makes me happier than when I see you two being sweet to each other.  

I love how excited you get about even the smallest things. Going for a run with Mommy or Daddy, going to the park, watching your favorite movie, having chicken nuggets, etc. You have such a zest for life and those around you just love seeing you light up and hearing your enthusiasm.

I love the way you love.  I realized lately at one of my MOPS meetings that your love language is definitely words of affirmation.  You love to be told when you're doing well, that we love you, and to be told you're a big boy. Right now the big thing that crushes you is when you're told that we're disappointed in your behavior, that you're not acting big. You use words to love as well.  You tell me often that I'm  pretty, that I'm your princess, that you like my outfits/hair/toenail color.  And you tell me that you love me in the sweetest ways. 

I love how you've grown.  You used to be a not very flexible baby/toddler and now you can roll with the punches. As long as I'm verbal with you and explain what's going on, you're game and I appreciate that so much.  You share so well now and play so well with others.  You are sweet, helpful, and I don't really want you to grow up at all. I remember asking my mom what her favorite age was of mine and she said 4. And now I completely get it.  You are a pleasure to be around. I love our conversations, our "dates", our special trips, sharing sweet treats, and I just love being your mommy. Now feel free to stay this age forever!  I love you Brady and may this be your best year yet! Happy Birthday!!!


Newborn 4/24/10

1 Year Old 4/24/11

2 Years Old 4/24/12

3 Years Old 4/24/13

4 Years Old


Jen said...

Happy Birthday, Brady! :) Such a sweet little boy.

Traci@TheHallway said...

So sweet! Happy Birthday Brady!!! I hope you have the best birthday!!

Janelle Vannice said...

Aw, happy birthday, Brady! :)

Hana R said...

aww...Happy Birthday to your awesome son!!

Kate @ Daffodils said...

Heck yes congrats to the parents first! Happy Birthday sweet 4 and Momma, have fun with 4, it is a magical age!

Shannon said...

He seems like such a spirited sweet young man. Happy birthday, Brady!

Becky Dougherty said...

What a beautiful birthday letter! :) He is definitely a sweet little boy!

Jenn said...

Omg he grew UP from age 2-3!! Stop it, Brady! Happy birthday to him and happy birthing day to you. :) Hope you and Brian celebrate all 4 years of survival!!

Jenny @ Creatively Blooming said...

Woot Woot! Y'all survived four years of parenthood! Definitely go have a glass (or two) of wine and celebrate. And what a sweet young man y'all are raising. I hope he had a very happy birthday!

The Chick Nest said...

What a sweet boy! We have loved watching you grow up Brady!!! Happy Birthday! :)

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