A letter to my five-year-old

My darling baby boy,

I cannot explain how excited you have been to turn 5, the other day I asked you what you’re most looking forward to about being 5, and you jumped up and said “that I’m finally going to be older than 4!” Well, now we’re finally here at long last!

I feel strangely emotional about you turning 5, it just feels like such a big number, and this past year you seemed to have grown up so much, which I love and hate all at the same time.

We’ve had two pretty big changes over the last year, you started Reception then a few weeks later your baby sister arrived!

I was so nervous when you started big school, I knew you were going to be the youngest in the class and you looked so tiny when you were lined up with all of your classmates ready to go in on that first day. I needn’t have worried, it was soon clear that you were having the best time at school! Always coming home with a smile on your face and never a battle to get you up and ready for the day ahead. You had a lot to contend with in your first year at school thanks to those germs that were still hanging around, and we ended up having to home school just after Christmas – boy am I glad that is over! Even though it was tough for both of us, it was amazing to see how much you actually enjoy learning – especially maths!

Then on 5th October you became a big brother! The baby sister you had wished for was finally here, our little Thea. I don’t think I’ll ever forget the moment when you saw her for the first time, you were absolutely besotted and have been ever since. You make Thea smile the moment you walk in the room, and you’re just the most incredible big brother, I had no doubts. She’s 10 months old now and wants to do everything that you’re doing, you call her baby girl when she’s doing something cute or funny, but shout Thea Anna Long when she’s up to no good!

Your confidence has absolutely soared this year and it’s been so amazing to see. Not only are you still playing football every Saturday, you adore karate and you’re learning to play the piano! Seeing the smile on your face when you’re doing the things you love makes all of the running around worthwhile. 

You’ve gone from wanting to be a policeman to wanting to be an artist when you’re older, “a music one, like daddy”. You definitely take after your daddy with your love of music and are constantly playing in the studio with him, although I’m not sure daddy appreciates listening to the Trolls World Tour soundtrack most days while you jump around pretending to be a rock Troll!

You make me so proud every single day, I cannot put in to words how grateful I am of the kind, compassionate, hilarious little boy you’re turning in to, I can’t wait to see what the next year brings for you.

Happy 5th birthday bubs, you are loved more than you will ever know.

Mummy xx

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