Today my baby is seven years old. I say my baby, but he’s not a baby any more. He’s a young man, a ‘grown up’ boy as he would say. I know it’s a cliche, but it really doesn’t feel possible that Theo is 7. It seems like such a big age. When people ask how old my children are and I reply with ‘9 and 7′ I’m going to feel really old.
I can’t even put into words how proud I am of how he has overcome his various health issues. He’s defeated the majority of his once serious allergies, and continues to cope amazingly well with his moderate eczema. Even when he had shingles last year he didn’t complain as much as I would have. When I think about bravery, my first thought is always my beautiful boy. He has taught me so much about courage and resilience. I hope he carries his willpower and strength into adulthood.
Turning 7 means that new milestones are just around the corner. In just a few months time he’ll be joining his sister at ‘big school‘. He’s really excited, and socially, more than ready to start a new stage of his education. He’s a friend to all, adored by his classmates and teachers and beautifully kind to everyone he meets. However, unlike Mia, he has struggled academically, especially with his reading and writing. It does worry me that he’ll become overwhelmed at his new school, but I’m eternally grateful to his current teacher who has helped him to progress more in the last 8 months than he did in the previous two years. He has worked so hard and I am so proud of him.
Myself and Theo share an incredible bond, but we also clash regularly. He inherited my temper and impatience, and he can be incredibly stubborn. I’ve learned to pick my battles with him because sometimes, it doesn’t matter how much I try, he won’t give in. He’s one of the those children with fierce determination and strong beliefs in what is right and wrong, which is both a blessing and a curse! Once Theo has his mind set on something, nothing will stand in his way. If he wants something, he is determined to get it and isn’t afraid to get his voice heard, especially concerning food. This kid loves Monster Munch crisps more than I thought possible. Literally nothing can stand between him and his beloved pickled onion flavour monster claws.
I never imagined we’d be spending his 7th birthday in lockdown. I’d hoped to take both Theo and Mia to the cinema to celebrate. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, we need to stay safe and remain at home. He doesn’t mind though. He’s been incredibly understanding regarding the huge changes to our lives over the past couple of months. Don’t get me wrong, he’s had his wobbles, and he’s desperate to go to the local park again, but other than that, he has coped really well. Last night as I tucked him into bed I told him I was sorry that we couldn’t have a fun day out for his special day and he replied with ‘it’s okay Mummy, I love spending time with my family’.
That reply sums up everything I love about him. Despite his temper, stubbornness, defiance and ability to wind his sister up, he’s got the most beautiful soul and a kind heart. He’s funny, caring and wonderfully adventurous and I hope that never ever changes. In my eyes, he’s utterly magical. He has a smile that lights up a room and he can get away with anything if he flashes his cheeky smile.
I’m sure you’ll join me in wishing him a happy birthday today, please feel free to comment below. It scares me to think that the next time I write a birthday post it’ll be for a 10 and an 8 year old! Where has the time gone?