My sweet, sweet Nolie. Five years old. A whole hand! ✋️ What a year it has been. Where do I even begin?
The biggest change this past year was that you have rocked everything about being a big brother. You are so patient with Madelyn. You love playing with her, kissing her, hugging her and most of all, holding her...when she let's you. You teach her so much. You made up song and dance forever ago and she dances to it and tries to copy the motions you have taught her and tries to sing along, "Yum, yum, yum, ba, ba, ba, ba, yee yee!"
You had the best year at preschool. You learned so much. You are writing, reading and pretty much amazing us on the daily. You made so many new friends and have far too many girlfriends. You love when we are in the car and give you letters so you can sound out the word. You like to ask for seven or eight letter words! You love learning! With that, we have also learned you are a perfectionist. You like everything to be right and always want to be correct. You are a perfectionist mixed with competitive. Awhile, it will (hopefully) lead to a lot of success in the future for you we keep trying to tell you that it's ok to get things wrong, make a mistake and lose, but you like structure, order and...winning.😬
Speaking of winning, as you turn five years old I can honestly say your love for baseball is without a doubt still there. Perhaps it's even stronger than it was before. You always have a bat, ball or glove in your hand. You study the game. You play, play, play and when you aren't you want to watch it or talk about it. You ask so many questions about it and seriously take it all in. You still love to dress like a baseball player. Your favorite articles of clothing consist of jerseys, full uniform with belt or sleeveless shirts (suns out guns out 💪).
Your laughter is contagious. You are a goofball and you keep us grinning from ear to ear. You love making silly faces, silly noises or making up silly words.
(Wearing your sisters hat and sunglasses)
You finally eat more food!! It took 5 years and having a sister that eats everything to make you try so many more new foods. Awhile you are still picky, you at least try new things!! That's a win in my book. 🙌 Favorite foods consist of yogurt, Mac and cheese, sprinkle donuts, chicken nuggets and grapes.
You love your sleep. Majority of the weekday mornings I have to wake you up. Your routine is to ask me where daddy is in a whiny voice (which you know the answer to) and then you drink a cup of milk awhile watching mutt and stuff in our bed. You do this every single morning. The best is when you are still super tired and snuggly and I have a few extra minutes before I have to wake up your sister to cuddle with you!
I honestly can't remember our life without you. You (and your sister) complete us! I cant even remember what our weekends used to look like. To us, weekends are full of trips to the baseball field, playgrounds and well, Target and Costco (ha!).
I hope turning 5 is full of so many new adventures for you! Kindergarten, perhaps a loose tooth and who knows what else? We are so excited to continue to watch you grow, learn and accomplish so many new achievements.
We love you to the moon and back sweet boy. Forever and ever and ever. 💙
Happy 5th Birthday, Nolan James!