What a special day--Patrick turned SIX today! Hard to believe, isn't it?
Just 6 short years ago, at 3:29 p.m., we met Patrick.
He weighed 6 lb 11 oz when he was born at 37w5d.
He made Jason and I into parents, roles we treasure. Since last night, I have been thinking about what exactly was happening at each time of the night and day, from when my water broke to going to the hospital, to when we found out that we were the parents of a son. It was a long day for all of us. A miraculous, incredible day.
Today, I am thankful for:
1. Patrick. He is such a genuinely great kid, full of life and creativity and happiness. He loves to be having a fun time, and his interests are so varied that you never know what he's going to be focused on from day to day.
2. Watching Patrick as he has started kindergarten. The day he came home and said, with wonder and excitement, "Mama, do you know that we're made of cells?" made my heart flip-flop in my chest. To hear him so thrilled about learning things, especially his love of science, is awesome. He thinks it's great that I teach about the body and is constantly asking questions about what's going on--and he just soaks up the information like a little sponge! He has learned so much already this year in kindergarten and we're not even halfway through yet!
3. Having conversations with Patrick. He is so interesting and always has something fun to talk about. I love to hear all about his dreams each morning, about his specials at school each day, and especially about his art.
4. Watching Patrick as a big brother. We always thought he would be a good big brother, since he is such a nice kid and so empathetic, but watching him with Melkamu has been an incredible joy. He is so considerate of his brother's feelings and of being sure to include Melkamu when he does things. We actually had to tell him that he can't always give in if Melkamu takes something of his because he just wants his little brother to be happy :-) Having them share a room was a fantastic decision and I hate to have to tell them to turn off the giggles from upstairs after bedtime. I told them yesterday that since they're sharing a birthday party next weekend, they'll have to pick a cake together. I was expecting a bit of a fight, some whining or arguing. Instead, Patrick immediately turned and said "Kamu, do you want a superhero cake?" And Kamu said "Yeah, Superman! Batman!" Just that easily, it was decided. The bond between them is so special and deep.
5. The fun of watching Patrick become the child he is, from his long hair to his love of Wii Legos Star Wars. It's so interesting to watch him as he develops. The first time he wanted long hair, it lasted a few months but then he wanted it cut because having it combed would hurt him. We cut it once, then the next time it was time to get it cut, he decided to grow it again. I don't think it's been cut beyond a very small trim since summer 2008. He likes to wear it in a ponytail sometime, but punched a kid in his class for calling him a girl the first time he wore a ponytail to school. Even though we had to talk to him about better choices for behavior, it was nice to see him sticking up for himself and not giving in to peer pressure (which has been an issue in the past). He's very, very into art and has gotten really good at drawing. I'll have to try to scan in some of his pictures. Watching the different aspects of his personality develop as he grows is such fun.