I can’t believe that six years have gone by. No, six years have flown by since the day you were born. Crazy. Because I remember it like it was yesterday.
I had done the whole “dress rehearsal” thing at the hospital the day before, and they had sent me home where I spent the whole day walking around the neighborhood with your Maw and your Auntie B. But nothing happened until early the next morning. I made really, really, really sure you were coming this time before I woke up Daddy and we drove to the hospital. And 13 hours later (after some excruciating pain, that I swear I am not holding against you) you changed my life forever.
Not only were you born on my birthday, so I had a birthday present that could never be topped, but you completely shattered the world I once knew, in a good way of course. You are my first-born. You are the kid that made me a mommy, my best role in my whole life. The one that will never be topped. In the days after you were born, nothing else mattered, except our little family.
And you were perfect. I had no idea (because you were all I knew) but you were such a good baby. You rarely cried, and you even put yourself on a schedule… that I took all the credit for. Don’t worry, your brothers both made me see that it was actually all you, and not me at all.
You’ve always been a Momma’s Boy. From the get go. You always liked me the best. (It’s true!) I said it was because I was the one that fed you, but I think we just have a special bond. Probably because for a good twenty months while Daddy was working, it was just me and you.
Then your brother came along. And at first you had a rough time with that. To be perfectly honest, I was a little scared to leave the two of you in the same room while I ran to the bathroom, because you had a bit of a jealousy streak. But eventually, you realized that he was a pretty fun guy.
And now, he’s your best friend. I’m sure of it.
Caden, you have a heart of gold, my son. Can you be impulsive? Yes. Can you get excitable and aggressive? Of course. But overall, you are our protector. You never run too far away from mommy, and I don’t think you’re afraid you’ll get lost, I think it’s because you want to keep your eye on me. You always know where you brother is at all times. You never forget to pray for your friends and family. You help your little buddies out on the playground when they are too small. You have such a big heart, Monkey. And I love that about you!
You are also our little adventurer! You definitely lead the way in the imagination arena around here.
Swing sets are pirate ships, bunk beds are caves, and bikes are motorcycles that you ride to China! Your mind is so creative!
And your artistic abilities cannot be beat. You have made me some of the most beautiful paintings and drawings. If it wasn’t for you, I would have just a boring old white refrigerator.
Your favorite place to be is in the water. You started swimming when you were three years old, and you’ve never looked back! You do back flips off the diving board and you swim in the ocean, when the waves are small enough. Mommy and Daddy were both swimmers, so it makes sense that you’re a little fish too.
When Elijah came along, you could not be more thrilled. You still had a hard time sharing me with one more kid, but you and Elijah had a special something between you two from the start. You loved to sit on the couch and hold him and you’d ask me all these questions about him. Once he was a little more alert, you could make him laugh like no one else around here! He loves you! When he wakes up from his nap, if you walk in to his room first, his face lights up and his bounces up and down in his crib. I have no worries that he will eventually fit right in to the little posse you and Jacob have already started.
I love you with all my heart, Caden Matthew, but you know you have a little bit of a naughty streak to you, as well. You are a destroyer, which I think just comes with having testosterone running through your veins. But you have been known to get in to things that I never would have imagined a child would ever get in to… like this…
I can’t forget the special relationship you have with Daddy. You guys definitely do “man things” together that mommy has no part of. You like to help Daddy with yard work,
and you like to wrestle together, and try to conquer super Mario brothers together. Lately, the two of you have been playing baseball together (with Jacob, too) and you are becoming quite the little athlete! I love going to your games and cheering for you!
One more special guy in your life has to be Pop. I know this might hut Maw’s feelings, (sorry, Maw) but Pop is definitely your favorite. Don’t believe me? Remember THIS? I don’t know if it’s because you’re the first or it’s because you’re the first boy (poor Pop only had girls!) but you guys love each other a lot! Your relationship with Pop is one of the biggest reasons Mommy frowns when Daddy talks about moving to Australia. Crazy, Daddy!
Well, my Caden-boy, I love you more than words can say. You amaze me everyday and I am truly, truly blessed that God picked me to be your mommy. I know that He has big plans for you! He has a destiny for you that is so great and so awesome, and I know that you’re going to run full force for it! I know that you are growing into an amazing boy who will one day be an amazing man, and I am so blessed that I get to watch it all unfold.
Happy birthday, Caden!