Thursday, November 1, 2012

A Happy Birthday Letter

Today my youngest child turns two. He is our last baby. I will never again experience the joy (and the crazy) of guiding a brand new person from sleepy, milk-drunk freshness to walking, talking, adventuring toddler.

I intended to write birthday letters to each of the kids each year to give to them later on. I succeeded for the first four years of motherhood. (So, Agent E is six, but she only has four letters. Agent J is four, but she only has two letters.)

I did write one for Agent A last year on his first birthday, but honestly it's way shorter than his sisters' first birthday letters. (I blame that first whirlwind year of having three kids under five. How exactly did I survive that again?)

So, as I attempt to compose a note to my precious little boy on the second anniversary of his birth, what do I tell him?

The Birthday Boy
Some things I'll likely include would be the following:

. . . a few tidbits he might find interesting later on, such as his height and weight (35 inches, 27 pounds), his favorite food (hmm, that one might be hard to narrow down), and how he likes to "swim" in the bathtub.

. . . that he is "still" nursing and calls it Momma Milk (unlike his sisters, who had made up words for it at that age).

. . . the words he uses for his sisters—Va Va (Eva) and Ju Ju (Julia)—and how I wonder if those will stick as they grow. (My sister, whose real name is Rosemarie, has been "Mimi" for nearly 50 years courtesy of our oldest brother.)

. . . that we moved back to the states this year (he was born in Italy) on June 1st when he was exactly 19 months old, and what our traveling journey was like. Because you'd think you could never forget a full day of international travel with a toddler (plus two siblings) yet someday we'll be scratching our heads thinking, "how old was he? what month (year!) was it again?"

. . . my admission that well before his second birthday arrived I passed on my guilty food pleasure of cheddar sourdough pretzels. (Which his sisters don't like. It's just a Momma/Agent A thing.)

. . . a bit about his vocabulary, quite extensive compared to his sisters' at the same age. Likely because he hears them talking nonstop every waking moment. And they like to ask him to say new words.

. . . that his very first sentence was "I want mum mum" (but his current favorite thing to say is "Daddy—home—airplane").

. . . a story about his experience with trick or treating last night, where he became an instant "pro" at the knocking-holding-out-the-bag-smiling-and-waving-thanks bit by watching his partners in crime.

One thing I have not yet determined is when I will share these letters. When they turn 16? 18? 21? When they head off to college? leave home? get married? (Heck, Agent E would get a kick out of them now, at six.)

Do you write letters to your children on their birthdays or other special occasions? What do you include and what do you intend to do with them?

Thanks for reading and have a blessed day.


Shawna said... [Reply to comment]

I write in one composition book for Owen and as he gets older, I'm imagining that I'll keep it next to our photo albums and he will read it when he wants to.

Meegs said... [Reply to comment]

I wrote one monthly for Gwen's first year, then every 3 months for the second and third. Next year I'll probably go to every 6 months. I write about what she's doing, how she's changing, and how I'm feeling about it all. I'm not sure when I'll share them with her... but I can't wait to read them with her!

Alison said... [Reply to comment]

Happy 2nd Birthday to your little one!

I have written birthday letters to my firstborn - he will be 3 next month, and I'm already thinking of letter #3 :)

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

I started blogging in Marchof this year, and I have written birthday letter posts to both of my sons. (I confess that it didn't really occur to me before I started blogging - although I did write periodically in a journal for each of them.) Now that I have started, I am pretty sure it will be a tradition from now on.

misssrobin said... [Reply to comment]

What a sweet tradition. My grandma used to write us each a poem on our birthdays. Those are precious to me. Thanks for sharing your story.

Happy Sharefest. I hope you have a great weekend.

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