How can it be that you are such a big boy now? Tomorrow you will be four years old. I still remember the huge smile on your daddy’s face when my water broke and we realized that, ready or not, we were about to meet you and become parents. I remember the way you cried and cried as you entered this world, but then somehow quieted down as they set you on my chest and we made eye contact for the first time. I doubt there could ever be another moment in my life that could compare to that one. We love you fiercely. There are many nights that after you’ve gone to bed, your dad and I tell our Lincoln stories from that day and discuss your antics and funny things you said to us. We love to talk about how hilarious you are.
This year has held some big changes for you as you’ve become a big brother to two little ones that needed a temporary family. That first month was so hard for you, and to be honest, it was difficult for me to watch you struggle. But you have adjusted so well now that we are a few months in, and you are figuring this thing out for yourself. As much as I felt guilty for putting you through tough changes, I knew that it was good for you. Learning to share your mom and dad, learning to share your things, thinking of others’ needs, making sacrifices for people we love and people who need us; those are all lessons I hope take root in your life. You are learning so much from this experience. I have so much hope for the person you are becoming. You are hilarious, witty, considerate, smart, and energetic. You keep us on our toes, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
We love you, sweet boy. Happy Birthday.
A few photos from his birthday party at the park.
Why is this face his new go-to for photos?
This was the extent of the decor this year. It was painful for me to tone down the party planning, but it was necessary. Life is hectic these days, and the last thing I wanted was to be short-tempered and frustrated with the kids while I tried to craft and bake. Of course Lincoln didn’t care one bit that things weren’t cute and that there was a store bought cake instead of a homemade one. He had fun, and I wasn’t a bit stressed out.
He requested an outer space cake, and he was thrilled when he saw this.