Now, You Are Five


Dear Kai,

Now you are five. Five is such an exciting age, isn’t it? You came to me the other day and said, “FIVE WILL TAKE MY WHOLE HAND, MOMMY!” At least, I think that’s what you said – you were so excited it was all pretty much just a blur.

In the nearly two years I have known you (how can it have been so long already?!?), you have grown by leaps and bounds. When I met you, you were still in diapers. You napped a lot. Often, you’d climb into your dad’s lap and fall asleep, the two of you watching car races together. You spoke somewhat, but were mostly quiet.

Now, you’re potty trained – accidents are few and far between, nearly always while you’re sleeping. You still nap, but not every day and I can see that changing quite soon. When the races are on, you watch, you ask questions, you act them out with your cars and question why you do not have all the cars in the races. You talk. Constantly, all the time, as if you have no internal dialogue.

Language seemed to come to you not in small bits and pieces, but in whole sentences, big words. Reading was the same way. For quite some time, you read a handful of words. Now, seemingly overnight, you can read so many things – and it only takes one or two times for a word to stick in your brain.

Back in July, we moved, into the city. The move meant some changes, but on the whole, they’ve been positive: more park days, more playdates, trips to the zoo and the Pacific Science Center, “field trips” with other kids, clay class, made new friends.

Your interests have changed: last year, it was mummies and Yo Gabba Gabba. I suspect you’ll always be fascinated by mummies, but now, you’re playing with LEGOs, doing computer and phone games and board games, and you’ve just recently acquired an interest in Pokemon. You’ve been focused on space and the solar system. Meals often drop off into an astronomy lesson with your dad. I’m excited to see where all of that leads.

Two years ago, I could not have imagined that my life would be like this. But I would not trade my life with you and your dad for anything. Thank you for being a wonderful, sweet boy. Thank you for lighting up my life.

Happy birthday, Kai. May every day be better than the one before. And may all your dreams come true.

Love always,

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