happy birthday baby


ouch.  having no kids under 5 hurts.

its the official goodbye to babyhood and toddlerhood, and a kick in the tail straight into boyhood.  stink.

but this boy, my boy… he makes it better.  i offered him 10 bucks yesterday to stay 4 for another year and he said yes.  he said he doesn’t want to go to kindergarten anyway and would just rather stay at home with me.  sounds like i made out on that deal!

this sweet boy, who has tested my boundaries, patience and parenting skills, has also shown me how to love a boy so differently than my girls.  how i can love him by letting go, letting him try, letting him get hurt.

although he’s my most adventurous, he is still my snuggliest, most affectionate kiddo.  when we snuggle every night at bed time, he wraps his arm around my neck and plays with my ear or rubs my cheek.  when he’s talking to me he pets my leg without even knowing it.  he knows he can give me a kiss to get just about anything.

 he had me at hello.

 silas ryan, happy 5th birthday.  thank you for changing my life, my job as a mama.


  1. 1

    OH! That’s what I’m doing wrong — I’ve got to bribe my girls with MONEY. ;)

  2. 2

    Those words are so sweet! I’m due with my first child next Wednesday, a boy. I grew up with all girls so hearing how sweet, loving AND adventurous boys are so so good for my heart! I would just melt if he grew up playing with my hair and cuddling! But I’m sure I’ll melt at any little thing he does, really :)

  3. 3

    happy birthday, silas! but you should definitely take the $10 and stay 4. we love you, buddy!

  4. 4

    this is the sweetest thing i’ve ever read i think. i’m so glad you got the chance to be his mom, i think you do a very good job of it!

  5. 5

    love this. Gabe turns 5 in a few months and this is everything I have been feeling as I approach that day. having a little boy has changed my life more than I could have ever imagained and I am not ready for him to be 5!

  6. 6

    God bless him. This totally made me cry. There’s just something about a boy and his momma! Happy Birthday Silas!

  7. 7

    Happy Birthday Silas! This is a very sweet, heartwarming post.

  8. 8

    tears! my youngest will turn 5 in october and i’m already dreading it!

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    OK, that made me tear up. My sweet Sam, also my youngest, is turning 5 in September and I’m dreading it. I also beg him to not turn five and to stay four forever. Hadn’t thought of offering him $10 though – great idea! ;)

  10. 10

    So so sweet! He is adorable. I don’t know what I’m gonna do when my 3 year old baby boy turns 5!

  11. 11

    Happy Birthday, Silas!

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    Precious! I need to spend more time snuggling with my little man cub. He’s eight now. I can’t believe it. I’ve noticed he has started holding my hand again when we’re in public places. Maybe it’s because I don’t have a baby in my arms? Don’t know for sure, just know I like it. :)

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    maggie b. says:

    I melt. Happy birthday to you both.

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