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To My Son on Your Fifth Birthday

I cannot believe that tomorrow is your birthday and you will be five years old, this year has flown by and we have done so much. Spending your fourth birthday at Chessington still seems like a recent memory, but it was a year ago, a whole year. How?

Boy with birthday presents
Birthday boy from last year

You’ve changed a lot this year. Really solidified your friendships. These last few weeks have seen you come into your own at school, so brave and grown up. You are funny and sweet and kind. You are also a complete pain in the backside, but I love you anyway. 

Feeding the swans
Feeding the swans

This year you have flown for the first time. Left nursery and started school. Travelled from one side of the country to the other, twice. You are learning at an incredible rate and despite my constant begging for everything to slow down nothing has. You have handled everything like a star though. I couldn’t be prouder of you.

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Posing by the Christmas tree

Last year I was so happy that you had finally found a group of friends at nursery and that bond got nothing but stronger throughout the year. It has been sad to see you all go your separate ways to different schools. I’ll admit this was my biggest worry for you. Amazingly though you have just made new friends. It’s been lovely to watch. We still see some of your nursery friends but I know this will dwindle over time and we’ll probably only keep in touch with your best mate.

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These two melt my heart, look at them!

I hope you have had as an enjoyable year as I have. We had a blast at Chessington for your birthday last year. A fab Christmas. We’ve been on a boating holiday, spent a week in the sun in Turkey, returned to the magic of Bluestone, had a weekend on the Broads, camped in Cornwall and done a million day trips in between.

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Who cares about the weather

A real highlight of this year for me has been following the GoGoHares trail around Norwich and Norfolk with you. It’s been something we’ve mainly done by ourselves and I have loved every minute of it. I haven’t been able to spend enough time with you, soaking up every second of time I can. I’ve struggled with you going to school a lot this year and you have been patient and kind, wise beyond your years.

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Snow week!

We’ve completely overhauled your bedroom, so now it is as grown up as you are. Hopefully, it will grow with you and you will continue to enjoy it. I know I like how small you look in the bed, you filled your toddler bed, but now, as you sleep you look teeny, tiny in your new cabin bed andI can hold onto you being my baby boy for a few minutes more.

Herbert Woods Holiday 2018
Daddy and Son time. Doesn’t get better than this!

So for just a little while longer carry on crawling into our bed during the night, keep on needing cuddles, stop growing so flipping fast. Just know that I love you, more than anything. I couldn’t be prouder of you if I tried and no matter what you are my greatest achievement in life.

Turkey 2018
Chilling in the pool

I hope you have a fantastic birthday, I’m sorry you have to go to school, I can’t tell you how much I wish we were spending the day together.  At least we have done some nice things for you over the weekend. We’ve already had a lovely family meal for your birthday and spent the day at Pettits with your best friend, whose birthday is today. I love that you are only one day apart and we get to celebrate together.

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Finding fairies at Bluestone

I’m going to stop writing now, there are balloons that need inflating and things to get ready for tomorrow.

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Go Go Hare hunting

I love you, so, so much.

Happy Birthday

Mummy x

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First day!!

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