Double Digits: Big Kid Turns Ten

Ten years ago today, I had no idea what I was getting into. I thought that I was going to have a baby and fit him into our lives and yeah yeah, everyone said that it was going to be different but not for us. I wouldn't let it be different.

Then a redheaded, rolypoly little baby arrived and I quickly realized that I was a supreme moron. Because everything was different. But in a good way.

It was hard, good Lord, was it hard. Big Kid had silent reflux and chronic ear infections. He was not a happy camper. Between his challenges and my postpartum depression and kidney stone surgery, it was a tough first year for everyone. As grumpy as he was at times, as soon as you put him in front of a camera, he was all smiles.

 But we eventually found our sea legs and thankfully, he has been a healthy child ever since. He's smart - so smart. He is intensely competitive. He has a lot of self-confidence. This is all Engineer. He's also scatterbrained and emotional with a quick fuse. That's me, unfortunately. You are welcome, Big Kid. But as emotional as he gets when he is thrown out at first, he does not like anything shmoopy or sentimental - I think he inherited that from both of us. He is not one to hug but every once in awhile, I get a head pat. It's okay because we are still in the phase where he wants to spend time with us. After six baseball seasons we know pretty much everyone, so we spend a lot of time at the ballpark watching his friends play baseball. We go out for froyo or to the movies - this weekend: XMen. I hope that he will always want to see movies with Mom.

He is quite the athlete. Five home runs this season and top scorer on his winter basketball team. But most importantly, he is a kind boy. I have never seen him intentionally be cruel to another child - it would not even cross his mind. And good gracious is he a handsome kid. Right now he is anti-girl but I know eventually they are going to come knocking or texting or IM-ing or whatever the youngsters do these days. He is a natural leader but he does not use it yet. It is so funny to go places and hear, "Hi, C!" I hope that he grows into feeling more comfortable with it.

I have no idea what the future holds for him, but I don't worry so much. He is so curious about the world and loves to travel and go places and try new things, but he is steady - he is not a reckless kid.  My boy is incredibly independent. And he is healthy and happy, which is all I ask for.

That is supposed to be a 10.

Happy Birthday, Son. I love you.

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