I hate its taken me a few days since Reed turned 5 to write this. Yet, with our schedule, its understandable.
So Reed turned 5.
I must say, of all my boys turning 5, he was probably the 1st that I got super emotional about that milestone. I think because as of right now, there are no more babies. He is the baby. As of now, I have a 13 year old, who just 5 years ago wasn’t any where near as tall as me and now he towers over me. I believe the older our 1st born gets, the quicker it makes life seem… and so to hit that 5 with Reed made me sit on the floor in my kitchen the night before and just cry.
Not because I’m sad or ungrateful. Not because I’m not excited for him and this special birthday… but because it just went so fast. I talked a little about it on instagram HERE.
He is to big to hold.
That one got me bad. I try to hold him and it just doesn’t work any more. My back cant support him. His legs are to long. Thankfully if I could, he would let me. That I will savor… and even if I can’t hold him standing long, I can soak up cuddles on the sofa or him sitting on my lap at a game. Even if I can’t see over him. :)
I told Travis the day before Reed turned 4 that I want 2 more kids. He of course gave me a big eyed look like “you’re nuts.” and got very quiet HAHA. Travis turns 41 this Christmas and he has said to me he is to old for any more. Yet my 34 year old ovaries think otherwise. LOL!! Then again, I have my days where I am perfectly content with our 4 boys and love how independent they are. I love how we can sleep through the night now. I love that our kids if they get sick, can handle it pretty much on their own. I mean obviously we tend to them and take proper care of them… but there is no more “rocking a baby to sleep” or “sucking boogers” out of a 1 year olds nose so they can suck on their pacifier. Its different. Having 4 boys 5+-13 years is a new phase and it is nice.
The struggles I had as a mom when our boys were 1, 3, 6 & 8, are not the same.
Yet, they still come with their own struggle.
All this to say. Reed turning 5.
How I loved his sweet face as it lit up when we took him to play putt putt.
I loved hearing him talk about how big he was. I loved that he could get excited about a simple home made cake… and a few gifts. I loved that we were able to spend that time together as a family and just celebrate him.
Life is fast…. and the years we have our kids seem shorter each year we celebrate each of them.
So heres to savoring it a little more each day…
Thankful for the bumps we have, like any family has… Thankful for wisdom from the Holy Spirit as we raise 4 young men… Thankful for friends we can reach out to who have been there, done that… and are sounding boards for when we struggle.
Children truly are a blessing… and I am one lucky mom to have my boys.
Happy Birthday Sweet Reed! I truly cannot believe you are 5.
Here are a few photos from his day…
Reed getting his Birthday Spankings.
My attempt to hold him just looked awkward haha…
Who knew Id miss toting a kid on my hip.
My oldest towering over me.