Nine years ago today, I was one month into experiencing the best gift of my life, the gift of motherhood. I could have never imagined the emotion, the love, the sheer joy and excitement of having a son. I remember being scared, nervous and worried about my abilities but most of all thrilled.
I was so anxious for all of the adventures that I jumped right in, wanting to experience all the fun immediately. I couldn’t wait to have playdates and go to the park. Literally, COULD. NOT. WAIT. so I went on playdates and went to the park (with my one month old!). I’m not talking a stroll around the park in a stroller. Nope. I took my beautiful baby boy in my arms, climbed up the long ladder to the top of the slide and slid down holding a baby who now, I realize, was probably terrified. I watched for his smiles, not experienced enough to realize that the smiles, giggles, and flying down the slides on his own would come soon enough, not knowing that when they would come I would plead for time to slow down.
I anxiously awaited each milestone and adventure not fully realizing that they would come quickly. And now, here I sit combing through the adventures of Ricky’s NINTH year. (and couldn’t resist creating him a short little video of his year!)
What a year it was! (**Disclaimer – Here comes the braggy, proud parent moment, but hey, I’ve got a pretty awesome kid!)
Ricky, this past year you:
- Have mastered blowing bubbles! (You’ve had lots of practice with the 100s of gumballs in your machine that you got for Christmas a year ago)
- Have learned how to play many board games including Battleship and Ticket to Ride (and typically win!)
- Visited Las Vegas and Phoenix for the first times (where you got to swim outside in February!)
- Made your First Communion
- Had the most RBIs on your All Star baseball team
- Placed first again for a 5K in your age group
- Have read many, many hard, long chapter books
- Have learned how to Kayak
- Have learned how to do a front flip off the high dive
- Have become a GREAT soccer player (People on the sidelines would constantly comment “Who’s number 44?!?” especially in the game where you scored 5 goals!)
- Have learned how to ice skate
- Were so brave when starting a new school and have done so well there
- Fished in the Green River for the first time and jumped high above Flaming Gorge (one of my favorite pictures – below)
- Wore your first scary Halloween costume (no more cute monkeys and lions)
- as always, were a helpful and loving big brother
- Had a TON of fun!
Today, I’m still anxiously awaiting more fun and exciting adventures, but I just wish they would come more slowly. Nine years have flown by. And while I know I can’t slow time, I also now know that I’d rather slowly take in each precious moment and savor it. No need to rush to the next adventure. Every moment is an adventure in itself.
Ricky, Every moment is a gift with you.
Happy belated 9th birthday. I love you.