with a star upon your shoulder lighting up the path that you walk, with a parrot on your shoulder saying everything when you talk

My sweet, sweet Ethan,

You amaze me everyday with your sweetness. Every single day you are learning so much. Every single night, I go to sleep amazed at the things you've learned, the things you can do, the things that you know. You've shed some of your token timidness but not all of it and that's okay. You are not afraid to be scared and I hope that you realize this will always be okay; it's okay to be apprehensive of new and unfamiliar things. I think you are the most incredible person I know. You have such a beautiful, gentle heart and I am honored to be able to watch you grow.

You are so creative and lately you really love creating art. You have a love/hate relationship with crayons and mostly you love using stamps and stickers to decorate paper. Recently we explored the avenue of vanilla pudding fingerpainting and I think I found something you love more than stickers. You are so strong-willed; there is a certain way you like to do things, specific places you like to put things. You've learned that you know what you want and are learning how to make these things happen without relying solely on me. This makes me both happy and sad. Happy, because I am proud of you and love watching you grow. Sad, because in my mind you'll need me forever.

I am having the time of my life with you. I am enjoying our daily adventures and I hope that you are, too. I am learning so much as you are learning -- and I am learning so much. Each day you awaken a part of me that has been silenced by adulthood.

On quiet afternoons like today, you sleep and I realize what a great team we are. Together. You and me. It's funny to remember when you were first born and your daddy had to go back to work and I was paralyzed with the fear of being alone with you, worried I wouldn't know what to do, worried something would happen. They were all wasted worries. We've got this.

I love you so much, my sweet boy. I am constantly in awe of you and your kindness. You keep me on my toes and I am nothing against your smile.

1 comment:

  1. i absolutely love the color in these playful photos of ethan. my nephew is named ethan =) and this sweet letter is so precious. i hope you can hang on to this all for him as he grows older.


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