As he has gotten older, his transitions have been more subtle and harder to pinpoint. But three days ago, on his 6th birthday, when I took his annual birthday picture, he looked like a kid.
A real, life kid.
He has big feet - not abnormally big (and only a half size bigger than his younger brother), but they are kid feet. He has fuzzy blond hair on his legs now, and the last of his baby fat is gone. He is skinny. This may not seem alarming, but consider the fact that he once looked like this:
He walked late - around 15 months - and also endured three years of OT for gross and fine motor delays. Now, he writes his name like a champ. He jumps off the diving board and swims across the pool, and was on the mini swim team this summer. He plays soccer. And t-ball.
And when I told him I was signing him up for all of these sports, his response was: But when do I get to do music class?
So I signed him up for his school choir too.
He is emotional and shy. He is full of energy and charm. He loves to play games on the I-pad and he sticks his tongue out when he concentrates, just like his dad. He is a complete momma's boy still, thank God, and professes his love for me on a daily basis. But when he doesn't get his way, he hates me just as fast and tells me so, in great detail.
He is the sweetest brother ever. He is in a constant state of anxiety over his younger, daredevil brother Casey, getting hurt. He shares a room with him now, and says that he wants to forever, even if we someday get a big house with more bedrooms. He loves his baby brother Colin a bit too much and knocks him over at times in his excitement. But he goes in with me every morning to wake him up, and screams his nickname at the top of his lungs - "Ishy Collie Bee." Braden gave him that nickname (?!?!), and it has stuck. We all call him that now.
He is silly and crazy and sweet and complicated. He is unique, that's for sure.
I don't usually post videos on here of my kids. I don't know why - I guess because it gives me the slightest semblance of privacy. But for Braden's sixth birthday party, I just have to post this video of our recent family dance party, to the tune of Taylor Swift's "Shake it Off." This was filmed on Braden's first day of school, and as you can see, he was not the least bit fatigued.
This is Braden. To a T. (With a few cameos from the other men in my life).
I could not love this
[I would be remiss not to acknowledge that it's my husband and my 8th anniversary today - happy anniversary, sweetie! I am writing this here in lieu of a Facebook announcement (as I am somewhat morally opposed to such things).]
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