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7 Just Like That

My Chase,

Well…just like that..you are SEVEN.

This last year, we have had so many changes in our lives, and we saw such a dramatic change in you in so many ways.  You have changed so much this last year into a confidant, talkative, responsible boy.  You have lost your baby face and must have grown a foot taller it seems.  You are no longer little, but you will forever be my little boy.

I have no idea where the years have gone.  It is so true that the days are long, but the years are so short.  As I am writing this my eyes are filled with tears, fore the years have seemed to pass so quickly.  Time continues to rush by, and you continue to grow. You are a constant reminder of just how precious life is.

You are the one who made me a mother. You have changed me forever and have taught me more about life in these seven years then I could have ever imagined. I am the one that is suppose to be teaching you, but I feel that you have already taught me more then I’ll ever be able to teach you.  The list is endless of what I have learned from you, but what I am most thankful for is you helping me to believe in something greater then all of us.  To have hope and faith above all else. You have taught me to follow my heart and my gut and to fight for what I believe is possible even if others don’t. The day I had you changed me forever, and I am such a better person today because of you.

I am truly amazed and beyond proud of all you have accomplished, all of the struggles that you have overcome throughout your life already, and the struggles that you still work through everyday with such determination and patience. You are so strong in so many ways and you don’t even know it.

The last seven years have been like no other and I would not change a moment of them. Becoming you mom has made me a better person, I learned more about patience, and understanding.  Becoming your mother has made me see life so differently. I am now aware of the fleeting moments, moments I want to hold on to forever. Moments I wish I could bottle up and relive another day. I am now so much more aware that some people see the world so differently. Seeing the world through you and being in your world is so beautiful. You are the light that shines on the darkest of days.  You make life so much better.

Everyday I take a moment to just look at you. To soak up your sweetness, to catch a glimpsee of that little dimple or to wait for that funny little giggle you have at time; you know the one where you have a little squeal to it.  I try to cuddle you and kiss you and squeeze you like I use to and you look at me and say something like “can you just go now” or “ok, ok, ok mommy that is all, you can stop.”  I can’t stop though. I just can’t. You will forever be my baby boy and I still cant believe you are mine. I love all of our cuddles and kisses. All of our kisses…Eskimo Kisses, butterfly kisses, pucker kisses, special kisses, and your favorite poop kisses…I still cant believe you named that kiss a poop kiss, oh my silly boy.  It seems that now life is so crazy we don’t have time for any of that. You have grown and are more independent and not needing all of that attention.  I want you to know that those moments are ones I cherish deeply.

These last seven years its been so much of just you and I. Our days have been filled with school and therapy, but also of so much fun, laughing, singing, dancing, tickling, and love, and I would not trade a moment of it.  I will cherish all of these moments that I have had with you and all of the moments to come forever.

This last year went by too fast. You turned 6 the week Kindergarten started and it really has been a whilrwind since. I was so worried with you starting Kindergarten and you did wonderful.  Seeing you with other children at school, making friends, being a part of a group and doing so well at it without me by your side helping you along was just so amazing to see. You began a new chapter in life as did I not having you with me everyday all day.  It was hard for you, but I think it was even harder for me.  I missed you, our adventures and lazy days together.

Not too long after becoming a Kindergartner, you became a big brother. I could have never imagined how wonderful you are as a big brother. You give little Liv so much love. You’re so tender and sweet with your words and how you hold her.  You go out of your way to make her laugh, to take care of her and to watch out for her.  At least once a day you say to her softly “it’s ok Livvy; I got you. I’ll never let anything hurt you.” She is so lucky to have you.

This year you have really let your personality shine.  You have the BIGGEST personality, and I am so happy you are letting it out. You are so funny and make us laugh all the time.  You are just so smart that it really is unbelievable. Your speech has grown to a new level, and I just love hearing what you have to say.  You are filled with so much knowledge and keep me guessing how much you really do know because you only let it out here and there.  Also, you have the best creative play now, its just too cute.

You have also become a master neogiataor and know how to get me to give you what you want. Especially cookies. You started this thing this year where you go and get the cookie container. You hold them near your chest, then tilt your head to the side, put up one little finger and say “Mom just one little little cookie pleaseeeee” as you blink your eyes at me in an attempt to wink.  You try to wink but you cant and it makes it all that much cuter. And of course you get your cookie. I could honestly go on and on.  Now you have finished up last year by turing 7 and enterning 1st grade. I can not wait to see what this year brings and how you will grow.

I love you to the moon and back, more then all the stars in the night, always and forever! Keep shining sweet boy!  This world needs your light.

Highlights Of Your Past Year:
You started Kindergarten
Became a Big Brother
Was Discharged From All Of Your Therapies
Flew On A Plane For The First Time
Went To Atlantis
Became a First Grader just before turing 7

This image isn’t sharp or in focus, but I grabbed my camera really quickly without changing my settings so I didn’t miss it.  Chase was jumping on the bed right after his birthday saying he was 7 and I knew it wasn’t something he would do over so I just shot.

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