Cookie, when did you finally get a full head of hair? Exactly how old were you when you lost that bracelet of baby fat on your wrists? When did you loose those perfectly white and straight baby teeth? You were always so much older than you should have been. Too smart too young. I wonder if I ever gave you enough baby-love. Now you are so mature and I still have a hard time treating you like a kid. I hope you feel loved. I hope you are happy. I hope you have a life worthy of the goodness you put into it. You were the first and I've tried to give you the most. I love you!
Pablo, I never thought I would miss this but part of me does. You were ALWAYS getting into the toilet, it is a wonder that you didn't drown or die of some toilet disease. When did you go from being my chubbiest to my skinniest? When did you stop falling asleep to the sound of the vacuum? When did you finally start to talk? When did you stop eating out of the garbage and then stop eating all together? I'm glad you still love cereal. And you are still my quietest. I'm sorry for all the times I lost you, though I don't think you even noticed, if only you would have just made a noise. You are the peacemaker in our home and the imaginative adventure creator. I hope I give you the attention you need even though you aren't a squeaky wheel. I hope you can have the confidence you need to share your love and kindness with others. I love you!
Monster Man, when did you loose your baby blonde hair? When did I finally feel like you might live longer than 24 hours without 24 hour supervision? When did you finally accept that knives are not toys? When did you get big enough to hold the door open for me and to use your manners so nicely? You are so full of energy and so full of passion. You love just as hard as you fight. I hope I can continue to keep you alive. I hope I can help you direct all your energy to good things. I hope I can make you feel smart. I hope you know how grateful I am for you. I love you!
Little Sweet Terror, when did you stop being the actual baby of the house? When did you finally start to laugh? We tried everything but you would only laugh for Cookie. When did you stop screaming for EVERYTHING? Why didn't you come into my life earlier? You were so easy, so good, so healthy, and so fun to watch. You've made us laugh so many times and we've teased you enough that you are a pro at teasing back. You are still my chubby cherub and my fiesty little grizzley cub. I hope I can take you seriously and be there when you need me. I hope I can teach you the right things. I hope you will always have your spitfire spirit and ability to make others smile with your wit. I hope you will always give me raspberry kisses. I love you!