Wow, I really can’t believe we are almost through one-fourth of 2013! It’s time for the March installment of the Letters to our Children blog circle. I’m really enjoying getting to know all of the other women in this fabulous group, and their sweet children. Because we’re doing this as a group, we have a publish deadline every month, and that can make me feel like it’s a burden and another “thing” to get done in my already sleep-deprived state. But once I get into my zen place and start writing, it’s probably no surprise that this is the most personally rewarding blog post that I write each month. If you missed January and February, check out Pumpkin’s letter here and Morgie’s letter here. This month it’s time for a letter to my youngest. My third. My only son. Meet my sweet little guy Mr. Bennett.
Dear Mr. Bennett,
Hi Big Guy. It’s mama. It’s been so so fun getting to know you over the past almost 5 months since you and Morgie were born. You two are so different, it’s amazing. You’re my mover and shaker. You’re always on the go, wiggling around, pushing with your legs, kicking and rolling. You’re all BOY! Your most favorite playtime activity is to lie on your back and play with your animals hanging from your play gym. It’s fun watching you swing your arms at them, grab them, and smile and laugh. You’ve gotten pretty good at tummy time and proficient at rolling. I can see that you’re going to always be full of energy, and hopefully Morgie and Avery will be able to keep up with you!
Another distinct thing about you? You’re ruled by your tummy. It’s like you have a little internal alarm clock that goes off (usually every 3 hours) and wakes you up to eat. I don’t mind, really. I love our nursing snuggle time. But I was really surprised yesterday when you napped for over 2 hours, making it more than 4 hours between 2 feedings! I can already predict that you’re going to LOVE eating solids soon.
Speaking of sleep, oh Bennie, what a good little sleeper you are! Amazing, really. You put yourself to sleep for naps with barely any rocking or bouncing on the ball. All you need is your pacifier, and you usually put yourself to sleep quickly and without a fuss. Such a godsend for mommy!!!!!!!! especially since your sister is the exact opposite. I hope you continue to enjoy sleep as much as I do.
In the last month, you have become quite the little social butterfly. Initially, Morgie was talking and chatting and smiling more than you. You couldn’t be bothered; you were so busy trying to get MOVING. But now you are quite the little flirty guy, always smiling, laughing, cooing, and chatting away. It’s so precious. I can tell you have a sensitive side to you. Grandma calls you tender-hearted, and I think she’s right. You can sense if Morgan is upset, and it kind of gets you upset too. I hope you always stay that way, sensitive to the feelings and needs of others, and not afraid or self-conscious to express your own emotions.
And finally, I’m so thankful for you because you’ve given me a gift of remembrance of my father. Everyone says you look exactly like him, and I have to agree. Every day I look at you and I’m reminded of my father. I can hardly type this without getting all choked up and teary-eyed. You’re a little piece of his legacy. There are things I have not been so good at but want to be better at. Make time to spend time with those you love, no matter the distance. Be present. Live each day to the fullest. The absence of my father and the presence of you make me think of these things often.
I love you so much, my sweet guy. I’m so thankful to be your mom. And don’t worry about your balding head. It’ll grow back; I’m sure of it!
Now head on over to Jessica Thomason’s blog to read her letter to her daughter. Join me again in April when I write letter #2 to my oldest daughter.