Letter to My Son – Happy 9th Birthday!

by Cate on August 2, 2011

The Birthday Boy
At 7 am, I felt a gentle tap on my arm.

“Mom, it’s my birthday!  I’m 9!”

I cracked open one eye and looked at the clock.  “Happy Birthday!  Are you excited?”

Nick nodded emphatically, and asked me what time he was born.

“6:07 am.”

How did you know I was coming?

“Because you woke me up, just like you’re doing today.”

I patted the other side of my bed and he crawled in.  Well, with as much space as his sister would allow.  For a little body, she takes up an exorbitant amount of space.  She crawled into my bed at 4 am, after telling me she couldn’t sleep.  They both had a hard time sleeping last night.  We all did.  I maintain if she was actually LYING DOWN IN A BED instead of walking around at 4 am, she might have had an easier time sleeping, but what the heck do I know?

Today is a new day.

The last year of single digit birthdays for Nick.

Nine Years Young

When asked if he wanted to go out for dinner tonight or stay home, he chose staying home.  I love that.  Those little moments of homebodiness that mean Mom’s cooking is always better. Home really IS where the heart is. Spaghetti with red sauce, mozzarella and tomatoes from the farmer’s market and hot fudge brownie ice cream sundaes with soft chocolate chip cookies. I can totally do that.

Dear Nick:

What a fun year it’s been, right?  We’re finally settled into a not-so-new-anymore routine and things are feeling good and comfortable.  As they should.

You survived your first year at a new school, and we’re both excited for you to start fourth grade with new teachers.  Last year was a challenge, school-wise, but it was a transition year.  This year, you’re going to knock it out of the park.  I know you will.

You still love and play soccer two seasons a year.  Only now you have to share the soccer balls and the field with your sister.  She’s going to be a trip when she starts soccer in the Fall, isn’t she?

You have a lot of great friends, friends that were with you yesterday when you needed them the most.  The friends that will be there to wipe your tears, or share tears with you, or give you a hug are the very best ones to have.

I am so proud of the young man you are becoming. Although I don’t want you to ever grow up before you have to, in some ways you have become “the man of the house,” remembering things that I forget, taking on extra chores, helping with your sister and even making sure the recycling is out on the curb.

LIKES: iCarly, playing games or music on your iTouch, collecting and trading Pokemon cards, playing card games, learning magic tricks, making lanyard and friendship bracelets, salad, summer camp

DISLIKES: putting laundry in the hamper, waking up in the morning, going to bed at night, Math

You are brave, strong, silly, goofy, smart, ridiculously inquisitive and have a golden brown tan that I’m totally jealous of.  I love seeing the kind of person you’re becoming, as you get more and more confident with yourself, and who you are.  It has been an obscene pleasure being your Mom and we are beyond lucky to have you in our family.

I love you.



When he turned eight

When he turned seven

When he turned six

When he turned five

When he turned four

When he turned three

August 2, 2011 – Bonus Photos
Birthday Delivery
When Nick came home this afternoon, he was greeted with balloons from our friends Kris and Kaitlyn, and The Neighbor Wife brought over balloons tonight. Nick loved it.

Birthday Dinner Celebrant
This is how Madeline celebrated Nick’s birthday dinner tonight. Every person that came through the front doors, passed her on the couch and came and asked me where she was. She was buried under a mountain of stuffed animals, completely oblivious to the festivities going on around her.

Hot Fudge Brownie Sundae

Birthday Fun at Yogurtland
We celebrated this afternoon with Nick’s besties at Yogurtland, introducing both of them to it for the first time.

Thank you SO MUCH for all your kind comments and e-mails about Eli. You guys are the best! Truly. Nick sat and read all of them and was tickled pink to see all that love for Eli. It meant the world to my favorite little boy, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Tomorrow?  FOOD!

PS – Before I forget, I screwed up the name of my new favorite Starbucks frappuccino (sorry Kris!). It’s the Mocha Coconut Frappuccino, a new frapp they added permanently to the menu after a trial run a few months ago. I mistakenly referred to it as a Mocha Almond Frappuccino, mostly because it reminds me of an Almond Joy candy bar. My bad.  The Neighbor Wife had herself one today and can attest to its sinful goodness. Go get one for yourself!

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christina August 2, 2011 at 10:01 pm

What a wonderful mom you are! I started letters to my three when they were babies, but somehow, I let life get in the way. these will be such treasures to him when he’s grown.
What a wonderful mom you are!


Kris #40 August 2, 2011 at 10:55 pm

Looks like a great day was had by the birthday boy! Only 3 balloons survived-darn. We left 6.

Will have to hit starbucks again for the correct drink.


Joanne August 3, 2011 at 6:25 am

Happy birthday Nick! I love that he chose your home cooking over restaurant food. i’m sure I would have as well.

I love the idea of writing these letters to your kids on their birthdays. i know they’ll treasure them when they’re older.


The Neighbor Husband August 3, 2011 at 8:34 am

I consider you the photo pro. I vote for next year you line up all the pics of the birthday’s so I do not have to click on each link!!!!!

Great memories :)

PS. The time they used sharpie markers and drew on themselves.


Kris #40 August 5, 2011 at 10:08 am

I agree!


The Neighbor Wife August 3, 2011 at 8:53 am

It was so good. I did order it by saying … Can I have the Almond Frappuccino thing. lol Now, I know why they looked at me weird.


Kris #40 August 5, 2011 at 10:07 am

lol! Miss seeing you guys!


Ramona August 3, 2011 at 10:17 am

Glad you had a happy b’day Nick!

I still wish we had one of the Yogurtland’s near us.


karen August 3, 2011 at 6:42 pm

I am a stranger to you but I follow your blog. Just wanted to let you know my baby (my youngest) turned 12 today! What a special day for a birthday. Happy b-day Nick! You have a great loving family.


Mandi August 4, 2011 at 5:10 am

Happy 9th birthday to Nick from Australia!
I’ve been reading along for years and remember when he was just a wee small thing – on the reasons I read in the beginning was because our boys are the same age, mine turned nine at the end of June.


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