To our dear eldest boy
Next month you turn 7 and a half. It doesn’t seem 5 minutes since we were celebrating your Birthday at Monkey World in Dorset and I made a note to myself to write a post to document how life is now you are seven.
We visited Monkey World as you had really enjoyed watching the Monkey Life TV show based there. And you LOVE animals and LOVE learning about animals so it seemed like an excellent Birthday treat in the October half term.
Although the 5 of us all trying to sleep in one hotel room meant that we woke up a little sleep deprived on your Birthday, the trip was a success. You certainly listened intently to our guide Robert as he took us around the site. You loved lots of the different animals there but seemed especially taken by the Golden Cheek Gibbons, while twin 1 has professed to Lemurs being her favourite animal ever since the trip! Twin 2 was adamant she wasn’t going to wear her waterproof trousers but apart from that tantrum the day, though rainy, was a hit. Your thirst for knowledge and ability to concentrate on a grown-up conversation for so long in a very adult way was a credit to you when we were doing our tour and it is something you are often praised for. It doesn’t surprise me as I remember taking you round Chartwell at Christmas when you had just turned 4 years old and again you listened beautifully to a guide doing a grown up tour.
Lots of the academic side of things seem to come fairly easy to you at the moment and your love of books and learning is wonderful to observe. Like I was as a child, you are a real bookworm, and have loved devouring all of the David Walliams books you received for your Birthday and Christmas. There’s some nights now when you don’t want me to read to you and you just want to carry on reading yourself. I am pleased that often, even if this is the case, you will curl up on me for a few minutes to read your book anyway and we just lie contentedly and peacefully for a few minutes before wishing each other goodnight.
Not only are you cuddly with me and your Daddy but you are also cuddly with your twin sisters. Yes there are fights and arguments (it would be odd if there weren’t!) but there are also lots of times when you play together. They often persuade you to be a horsey for them to have rides on or to play some sort of chase game – and we have just begun to play the card game ‘snap’ altogether! You will always help them when we are out and about. Also there are lots of times when you snuggle up on the sofa together watching TV. You’ve even agreed that ‘Waffle the Wonderdog’ is okay to watch even though it’s on CBeebies and I listen to you all singing the theme tune together when I’m in the kitchen making tea!
Funnily enough, it is when I watch you doing something you don’t find so easy that my heart often swells even more than usual. Watching you at swimming on a Saturday, I watch you persevere at something you find a challenge and I see how determined you are. I watch you overcome your nerves every week and you tell me about your ‘funny tummy’ and we talk about how it can be nerves or excitement. You try and listen to your teacher Andrew but sometimes I can sense that you are worried and finding it hard to concentrate as you are looking around checking where we are. Despite all of this your front crawl stroke is better than mine and I deeply admire that you haven’t given up on swimming and ‘face your fear’ every weekend.
I have been so pleased to see you grow in confidence over the past few months and was chuffed to bits that you didn’t think twice about doing a reading for the Beavers’ Parade last weekend on Mother’s Day. I was sat at the back of the church – and considering you have only been to church a handful of times in your life this didn’t put you off – and clearly heard every word.
You have a strong sense of fairness and can be stubborn sometimes – just like me! You are our beautiful boy and a fantastic big brother who, though not seeming to need as much sleep as the rest of us, brings laughter to our lives.
Love and hugs, Mummy XXX
P.S. I’m sorry I didn’t get this written earlier in the year – you are so patient about the fact you have twin sisters who tend to take up lots of my time!