Saturday, April 25, 2009


Last night, I was just coming up the stairs following Youk's walk-off two run homer in the 11th when I heard little bare feet hit the floor, headed for our bedroom. Gremlin needed a drink. I redeposited him in bed with promises of juice and headed back downstairs.

When I brought him his sippy, I sat on the edge of his bed while he drank, then kissed him and said good night. His sleepy voice informed me he wanted me to be with him. I love when he says this. It means he doesn't need me; he wants me, is comforted by my presence.

So I sat there a while longer. I watched as he snuggled into my hand that was stroking his hair and cheek, loving the security my touch provides him. I watched as his two hands felt for just the "right spot" on his blanket to rub against his nose. I looked at his thick, dark eyelashes casting shadows against his cheek, at his perfect nose, his round cheeks, his beautiful lips, and little gapped teeth. I thought about four years ago, when he left my body and came into our life.

I thought about all the things he's done this year. Potty training, big boy bike-riding, starting school, and learning to write his name. I thought about what's in store for the next year; five-day preschool, beginning to read, playing sports, the age of reason(?).

Whatever comes next, it won't be boring. Because life with you, my not-so-little Gremlin is never boring. And I thank God for that, and most especially, for you.

Happy Birthday to my boy who is always my baby.

Mommy loves you up to the sky.


natasha the exile on Mom Street said...

A sweet tribute to a sweet boy.

Happy Birthday Gremlin!

Those brief moments of snuggles that our active boys give us are always so lovely.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Happy Birthday to both of you.

Enjoy the snuggles.

Stimey said...

This is a really lovely post. Happy Birthday to him.

Kate Coveny Hood said...

So sweet. Happy birthday little (or not so little) guy!

Cathy said...

Happy Birthday. Those Moments are so amazing and so special. It makes being a Mom and all the trying times, worth it.

Mama Goose said...

Oh, I love those moments too. Happy Birhtday to you and your big boy!

Rachel said...

I hope you had a wonderful day together!

You know, it's that time right at bedtime when I see the kids for what they really are, too: sweet and precious and full of love and wonder. I like to linger a little longer, too.

What a great post!

WhisperingWriter said...

This was a beautiful post.

Happy Birthday to your little boy.

Trenches of Mommyhood said...

Oof. My heart. And both my little boyz each have a "right spot" on their blankies as well.

anymommy said...

Lovely. Happy birthday, gremlin.

Funnyrunner said...

awwww... It's moments like that which make it all worthwhile, isn't it? I used to LOVE rocking my boys. Happy birthday, Gremlin!


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