Happy Birthday Jack!

Dearest Jack,

I can’t believe how fast time flies by. In a few days you’ll be four years old. It seems impossible. Today I dropped you off at daycare and you were smiling at me with your floppy Yoda toque covering most of your bright blue eyes. You were playing in the snow, waving and laughing while I drove away.

Now that I have a minute, I think it’s time to write to you, my 3 year old Jack. After all, you’ll never be 3 again. It’s time to celebrate, even if I’m just a tad bit sad that you’re growing up so fast. 

Here goes…

The Basics:

Favourite food: Peanut Butter Sandwiches. Hands down. If you are given the choice, your answer is ALWAYS the same.

Favourite Animal: Penguins. You have a wide selection of stuffed ones that mean the world to you. You spent most of the past year with a very strong attachment to “baby penguin.” 

Favourite cartoon characters: Batman, Spiderman & Iron Man. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (which you call inja inja turtles).

Favourite things to do: Play Lego Star Wars on the Xbox 360. Play with your friends. Torment your sisters. Ask a zillion questions about very random things.

Those small tidbits don’t even come close to describing how awesome you are at this age. You are the heart of our family. You are a very even-tempered, kind little boy. You are our “Happy Jack,” always smiling and laughing. You’re also the biggest talker in the family. Conversations with you are always interesting and filled with questions. You’ve also become very creative in the past year. You’re constantly building forts and re-creating stories you’ve seen or heard. I’m also shocked to notice how much you love singing and dancing, and boy, let me tell you, you’ve got moves!! 

Sometimes you can be shy and unsure of yourself, and that’s OK. You’re used to having your big sister lead the way. You’ll make your own way soon enough. Right now you depend on Natalie to take care of you. Even though she sometimes complains, that sister of yours needs you just as much as you need her. 

Your baby sister Amelia is turning two this month, and guess what Jack? She idolizes you. She thinks you’re the coolest thing since sliced bread. You’re always so careful to try to include Millie. You are always the first by her side when she’s hurt. Always the first to give her a kiss and make it better. I hope you two are always close.

What more can I say to my Baby Jack, Jackman, Jackie-B? Quite simply: I love you more than you will ever know. The other night I climbed into your bed with you to hug you goodnight. I said “you’re my number one boy, Jackie.” Your reply made me want to cry. You wrapped your little arms around me and said: “and you’re my number one girl, mom.”

Happy birthday to my favourite boy in the universe!