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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Five Years Old

Dear Jasper,

It's hard to believe that five years ago today, you made your entrance into this world albeit three weeks early. You surprised Daddy and me. We definitely weren't prepared for an early arrival. It was a good thing that Yee-Ma (my sister) was in town so that she could go to Buy Buy Baby for us and stock up on everything we needed. Here you are on your birthday back in 2007. Your cheeks were the biggest, droopiest things ever.

You've grown up so much in five years! It's hard to believe that you're going to start Kindergarten in the fall. You are officially a kid.

As you enter the world of kid-dom, here are some fun things about you:

1. You are one of the sweetest and most compassionate kids. You are always concerned about your friends and their feelings. You love rainbows and hearts and butterflies. At an age when kids are starting to separate more and more from their parents, all you want to do is cuddle with us on the couch.

2. You are a great big brother and Everett is very lucky. You loved him unconditionally from the day we brought him home. You take care of him and try to teach him all about the world, even though Everett can sometime knock down your elaborate buildings or ruin your games.

3. It amazes me that you can read by yourself, like really read. And do simple math. What?

4. You are constantly planning - birthday parties, trips and vacations, making lists. One of your favorite things to do is make your calendar at the beginning of each month with Daddy. The two of you sit on the couch and plot out all of your plans and activities for the next month. Then, you print it out and hang it on the refrigerator next to your school calendar.

5. You love maps and know the NYC subway system better than anyone. Whenever someone is in need of subway directions - adult or child - they ask you.

6. You have an uncanny ability to draw the on- and off-ramps of the New Jersey Turnpike.

7. You've progressed from your obsession with trains and subways to planes. In fact, you can spot a plane up in the sky and tell what airline it is from its tail. I have no idea how you can see an object that far away that clearly but you do. Of course you have your favorite airlines which currently are JetBlue and Delta. JetBlue I understand but Delta?

8. You are a little sponge, soaking up any and all information from the world around you. You love school. It's your favorite place to be.

9. You love your Bunny - a tattered old stuffed animal bunny modeled after the Goodnight Moon bunny. You have loved this poor thing to pieces and show no signs of giving him up. I love catching in deep conversation with Bunny.

10. I think that you are the only 5 year old I know that still takes regular afternoon naps. I'm not complaining.

Happy 5th Birthday Jasper!


{This post is linked up with Wordful Wednesday}



At March 8, 2012 at 9:47 AM , Blogger Jolene said...

happy birthday!! :-) I love #3 and 6...really?? I am impressed!! What a sweet post.

At March 8, 2012 at 10:58 AM , Blogger Christine said...

#3 totally surprised me. He's always been taken with letters but we'd be walking down the street and he would read signs to me. #6 is just funny. We travel all the time on the NJ Turnpike to his grandparents. He recreates it in drawings and with his train tracks. I think he's going to be an urban planner :-)

At March 9, 2012 at 3:31 AM , Blogger Alison@Mama Wants This said...

Happy 5th Birthday Jasper!!

He sounds like a clever boy. And a fantastic plane spotter! :)

At March 9, 2012 at 7:58 AM , Anonymous Jess said...

Aww such a beautiful and loving tribute to your son. He sounds like such a great kid, so kind-hearted and loving. You are such a great mom to him!

At March 9, 2012 at 9:22 AM , Blogger Christine said...

Thanks! Sometimes I think that he's a little too clever. He's going to outsmart me in no time!

At March 9, 2012 at 9:28 AM , Blogger Christine said...

Thanks! You're very sweet for saying that. It's been pretty cool to watch him grow up and become his own little person.

At March 9, 2012 at 11:02 AM , Blogger The Preppy Girl in Pink said...

He certainly is a sponge. What a wonderful boy at only the age of 5! Maybe I could send him the maps of DC's metro system because I still get turned around?!
Hope his birthday was amazing!

At March 9, 2012 at 12:41 PM , Blogger Christine said...

We actually have a box full of maps at home and it includes a DC metro map from our visit in the spring. He LOVED the metro because it was so clean and he liked that the blinking lights indicated that a train was coming. He should start up a phone hotline and people can call in when they need directions :-)

At March 9, 2012 at 7:12 PM , Blogger Surfing Grandma of OC said...

aaawww So sweet..Happy Birthday Jasper... and Happy Giving Birth Day Christine. Funny the mom does all the work ..but the child gets all the presents... HMMMM..

At March 9, 2012 at 9:47 PM , Blogger Christine said...

Ha Ha! That's so true! He won't notice if one or two presents are gone, right? ;-)

At March 11, 2012 at 10:32 PM , Blogger Dumb Mom said...

I so love that first shot. So much personality! Happy bday to your guy!

At March 12, 2012 at 8:33 AM , Blogger Christine said...

Thank you! Yes, that little smirk on his face definitely sums up his personality!


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