Today my firstborn son turns 4. It seems like it was just yesterday that I was meeting you for the first time and seeing your sweet face.
This was a year of many firsts. You went to school for the first time. You went on a roller coaster. You also went to the dentist, aquarium and movies. You also learned how to get dressed, brush your hair and your teeth. I also love to watch the wheels turn in your head as you figure out something for the first time.
You can take a little bit to warm up to people that you don't know but once you do, you are such a loving little boy. You love to give hugs and kisses and I love to receive them. You can get so serious when you are working on something that requires your concentration. You won't stop until you think it's "perfect", as you like to say. You have so much energy and I wonder where you get it from.
This year, you have really learned how to communicate and want to learn how things work. It amazes me what you observe when you ask questions. I am fascinated by what interests and motivates you. I love having a conversation with you and seeing things through your eyes. You challenge me at times but I realize that is only because you are like me in many ways.
Some of your favorite things are trains, cars and Scooby-Doo. You love to do puzzles and will do them over and over again. You like to color and make crafts. You are a great helper to me, especially in the kitchen as we bake and make dinner together. This year, you discovered sports and have become really good at baseball and soccer.
You are a great big brother to Katie. I am so proud of the way that you show her how to do things and let her play with you and your toys. I love the way that you make her laugh and have really enjoyed watching the two of you interact, especially over the last few months. I can see that you are going to be her protector and I think it's so sweet.
Over the past 4 years, I have enjoyed watching you grow, change and develop into the little boy that you are today. I am not sure where my baby went but I look forward to watching you continue to grow up, even if it is happening too fast. I am so happy and honored to have you as my son. We all love you very much!!