Homegrown Texan

Born and raised in Texas, I've found the home of my heart and soul in the Pacific Northwest. I love trees, cool weather, and rain. I'm a back to basics kind of gal just trying to raise my family and find a bit of time to slow down in this hectic life.

Nathan turns 5 this Friday.

FIVE!  I can't believe my little baby boy is going to be 5.  For some reason, this age really seals the fact that he's not a baby boy anymore.  Not that a 4 year old is a baby, anyway, but there's just something so grown-up sounding about 5.  I don't know, perhaps it's because 5 is official school age.  Nathan just misses the cut-off for kindergarten this year, so he's in preschool.  But since preschool & kindergarten are combined at his school, he feels like he is in kindergarten.  And since Michael is in kindergarten, they are in the same class.  This is the only year that will happen.  They are really enjoying it, and it's really sweet.  I'm glad that they get to have this time together before Michael moves on and they start going their separate ways.

It's especially exciting, though, when Nathan has a birthday, because like I'm sure most moms do, I get to think back to when he was born.  Nathan was premature, and couldn't breathe or eat on his own very well.  So he was hooked up to a vent for a little while, IVs, ate with a stomach tube, etc.  It was sad to see him with all these tubes going in and out of him.  But now it's cool to look back and see how far he's come.  He's a perfectly healthy and happy little boy.  And yes, I'm sad that I don't have my baby anymore, but I'm also so happy to see him advancing, just like he's supposed to.  And, when he crawls into bed or asks for a cuddle in his bath towel after his shower before he gets dressed, I know that I really do, for a while longer at least, still have my baby boy.


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