Nope, it can’t be true. It just can’t be. Somebody hit fast forward and our first born is six! Six years old. This is more than half way to ten. This is big!

Archie, I have spent the last six years with you, guiding you, teaching you, and learning from you. For all that I have taught you, you have taught me so much more. Motherhood has been a massive learning curve, and I am forever grateful that I got to experience all the ‘firsts’ with you, my first baby.

You’re just the best big brother to your two doting sisters. Although you’re only a couple of years older, you love that you’re the oldest. You’re patient with them, and love to teach them new things. It goes without saying that they can be a nuisance and Ebonie sometimes messes up your line of perfectly parked cars, but I know, given the chance, you wouldn’t actually “send them back”. You’re genuinely proud of them, and they’re very lucky that they’re a l w a y s going to have you looking out for them.

Unbeknown to me, at some point this year, you’ve grown too big for me to carry. Of course I can pick you up if I really try, but it no longer happens. I love to watch you grow and change, each new milestone is exciting, but if only I knew the last time we would share a moment, I would slow down and soak it in a little more. You can now run faster, climb higher and in your own time you mastered the monkey bars at school. You’ve learnt to read, to write, to add, to subtract, to multiply; you’re like a sponge taking in so much information. Over the summer I’ve seen a change in your character; your self confidence has grown, and you feel happier to try things without me holding your hand. This makes my eyes swell, but makes my heart swell more.

You’re growing into the most lovely, thoughtful little person; a son I am immensely proud of. A true Mummy’s boy, that I can always count on for a cwtsh. You like to think you’re the “boss”, and you sulk like nobody’s business, but this is what makes you, you. Just like your skinny, little legs, my love for you keeps growing and growing.

Thank you for being kind and loving, and more importantly, thank you for being mine.

“I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living my baby you’ll be.”

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