Day 42 – Now we are six

11 02 2010

Out of necessity, yesterday’s trauma had all attention on Anna, who is doing much better after her fall from the monkey bars. And thank you to my friends who read my post and called or emailed today!

But today was Zach’s day by design – the one he’s been waiting for – his 6th birthday – and he loved every minute of it!

There is something about turning six that feels big and exciting. But bittersweet for me – as I love the new ideas and conversations that come with six, but realize I am now a mom of two big kids – six and up! It is hard to let go of my very little boy who has been my sidekick. The best new parts – Zach tells jokes and laughs at mine. He is full of theories about who might live on Mars and what would happen if you put all of the snow in our yard in the swimming pool. He can read and write and make up stories that are genuinely entertaining. But he’s not too big to snuggle, to sit on my lap or to crawl in my bed in the morning and make me laugh.

His “best birthday ever” started with pancakes and ended with pumpkin pie. In between he had a school Valentine’s party with a birthday song and cupcakes. I took that time to fit in my 5-mile run on a beautiful 45-degree sunny day that almost felt like spring. Giving me time to think about the past six years with my sweet little boy.

Our family tradition is to decorate the dining room chandelier, which you see first thing at the bottom of the steps. We hang the “new number” and streamers, balloons etc. and pile presents on the table for that early morning impact!

So under his giant number six, Zach had several boxes of new Legos. He lives for those amazing, little plastic bricks and did not leave the dining table assembly station until it was time to go to p.m. kindergarten. We had to pry him away for phone calls from grandparents…even for his birthday dinner out. Oh to be six and so happy with Legos! The freedom to sit and create all day…

He told me at tuck-in tonight he was glad to finally be six, but that he “would still be my baby boy.” Just what I needed to hear!

Anna gave him a book that was hers: “Now We Are Six” by A.A. Milne of Winnie the Pooh fame. Here’s the last poem.

When I was One,
I had just begun.
When I was Two,
I was nearly new.
When I was Three,
I was hardly Me.
When I was Four,
I was not much more.
When I was Five,
I was just alive.
But now I am Six, I’m as clever as clever,
So I think I’ll be six now for ever and ever.

Zach couldn’t have said it better himself!