To my darling Liam —
Wow! You’re 3! What a big guy you are, and what a wonderful year we’ve had together — another chapter in your great adventure! I love you so much, and I feel so fortunate to get to watch you grow and learn every day. You are such a happy, loving, enthusiastic, bright and snuggly boy — I’m so glad I’m your mom!
You’ve grown up a lot in this past year. You’ve become quite an articulate talker, explaining everything you see and think. (You aren’t always very patient with us when we don’t understand, though.) You are fast and strong and sometimes a little too brave — you like to climb and jump, and you’ve got a lot of confidence that you’ll be fine when you land (or that I will catch you). You’re a strong-willed little guy, too, and you test every boundary we set for you, just to make sure we mean it and to find out exactly what will happen if you try it. This time last year, you were still working on leaving babyhood behind — you still carried your pacifier around with you almost everywhere — but in the past year, you’ve really become quite a little boy (although you’ll always be my baby). I love to watch you grow.
Just recently, you started school, and you’ve done an amazing job getting adjusted. You love your teacher, and you already have friends at school. You *really* like that you get to go to school with Benjamin. Each morning, when I drop you off, you happily go to play in your class — I don’t always even get a hug and a kiss before you’re off. You are happy to go to school in the morning, and so happy to come home in the afternoon. I love hearing about your day.
You learn so quickly. You count, and read your numbers, and you remember things so well. In just the first few weeks of school, you’ve learned so many new things, thoroughly charmed the teachers, and come home singing several new songs (in German)! And you are very clever — you love to make a joke or say something silly, just so you can burst out in your loud laugh or watch us all giggle (you especially love to make Benjamin laugh).
You are just an amazing brother to Benjamin. The two of you are so sweet together, always thinking of each other and wanting to play together (when you’re not driving each other crazy, which does happen, too). At school, the two of you play in the garden together every day. You love to do things together, and you’re usually quite happy to play by the rules Benjamin decides on. As long as you’re with your big brother, you’re happy.
One of my favorite things about you is how much you like to cuddle. You love to be held and to snuggle, and I love to snuggle with you, too. I am so glad I get to hold you and kiss you every day.
If there was one thing that I think of when I think of you, though, it is the joyful enthusiasm with which you tackle each day. You are a happy guy, and though you know what you want, and you’re never shy about taking care of yourself (nor quiet about letting us know what you need — which I also love), you are just generally so cheerful. You love to play, and you will happily make a game of anything, anywhere we are. You are a good sport, a good traveller, a good team player and just a great guy. I am inspired by your optimism and willingness to choose happiness in almost every circumstance.
I love you, my Liam. You are my sweet baby, and I feel so grateful to be your mom. Having you in my life is a wonderful privilege. I love you so entirely. I love your enthusiasm, your humor, your sweetness and the strength of your opinions. I love your big smile and your big laugh. I love your clever mind and your loving heart. You are an awesome 3 year old kid, and I am a lucky mom. Happy birthday, wonderful boy.