Childhood: now you are nine

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Childhood: now you are nine

My darling boy, what can I tell you, now you are nine?

You are funny and kind and thoughtful.

You are bright and interested and interesting.

You are a wonderful big brother; the 6yo looks up to you and the wee girl adores you.

You make us so proud…

…making a commitment to Cub Scouts and approaching every activity with such enthusiasm.

…getting on to the swim team and going to every practice, ready to do your best.

…taking up new challenges when given the opportunity; playing the clarinet and recorder, taking part in the school talent show with your friends.

…approaching your first formal exams with a level head, and working hard.

…looking after your brother and sister, making sure they are safe and happy.

You love to help and thrive when trusted to do a task alone.

You are sensible and considerate and responsible; you are growing up.

You are starting to show us the young man you will become; if we can all survive the tween and teen years, we have a lot to look forward to!

We began the celebrations for your birthday with a party for you and your best friends at the weekend. You enjoyed exploring the garden, eating pizza and watching a movie.

You declared your cake awesome, and I am so glad that you were pleased with it!

Minecraft Sword Cake

With your birthday falling on a school day, present opening and cake waited until after school (and was squeezed in before taking your mum to the airport for her flight to London for BritMums… Thank you for understanding!)

You opened each card with such care, reading them all carefully. This is the first year you’ve done this, cards previously being forgotten in the rush to open presents!

There was a strong book theme to your presents; with fantasy and Greek mythology taking the lead. Trying to keep you in books is proving difficult at the moment, you devour them, which is wonderful to see. Hopefully this new collection will keep you going for a while. A couple of new science kits should keep you occupied too :)

Then came your main presents. One you had asked for…

… Bat boxes! [yes, really, we have bats in the garden!]

And one that was a complete surprise…

I think you might be pleased with it :)

We finished with an ice cream cake, a special treat…

I can’t believe another year has passed, and that you are now officially a tween.

You are past my shoulder in height, it won’t be long before you catch up with me, and I fully expect your feet to over take mine very shortly!

You suddenly look so much older. You carry yourself differently. Perhaps it’s the swimming, perhaps it’s simply the confidence that comes with good friends and good times. Whatever it is, you are growing up before my eyes.

You continue to make us proud every day and we love you more than I can say. We can’t wait to see what the next year brings.

Happy birthday, beautiful boy.

Running in Lavender


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41 thoughts on “Childhood: now you are nine”

  1. Oh happy belated birthday to a wonderful little boy!
    I love the look on his face as he saw the bat boxes. It looks like your son had a wonderful time xx #sharethejoy

  2. Awww what a lovely caring boy you have, a very big Happy Birthday to him. His face is such a picture opening all his presents and his cake is pretty awesome. Hope you all had a really wonderful day :)

  3. Oh Sarah i love this post! Your words are so beautiful and really capture the day perfectly – and the pictures bring it all to life. He looks over the moon with that scooter!! Thank you so much for linking up to #MyCapturedMoment

    It was so lovely to meet you over the weekend xxxx

  4. Gorgeous boy, lovely post Sara. It was so lovely to finally meet you over the weekend and our two eldest children would get on famously I think-they have so much in common :) x

  5. Michelle Reeves (bodfortea)

    What a lovely, lovely post – and what a fab haul of presents! I’m so sorry we didn’t get a chance to meet up at Britmums Live this past weekend – would have been lovely to see you face to face finally especially as you are so far away! In the meantime thank you for linking up at #sharethejoy x :)

  6. Such a beautiful post! What a lovely young boy. He will read this in years to come and be so pleased you documented how he is growing. My, that cake look good and I bet it tasted good and the scooter must have been such a fabulous treat! May we enjoy every moment with our children, as they grow so quickly before our eyes. :-) #CommentLuv

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