On Turning Five

Dear Eddie,

Today you are five.

Daddy jokes that you are now a handful as he holds up all the fingers on one hand. You roll your eyes at him and say, “Daaad,” and then give me the look as if to say, “is he serious?” And I laugh because we ALL know you were a handful long before turning five.

You are such a kid now.

Tonight you went to bed in your new spiderman jammies looking less and less like a chubby baby boy and more and more like a lanky kid. Your last bedtime as a four-year-old.

It was bittersweet to hug you and muss up your hair on your way to bed.

I can’t help but think about five years ago–the night before your birth–I was in labor, but I thought it was cramps.  Your dad made me eat a turkey sandwich sometime around 8pm (when you were heading for bed tonight).  That was the last thing I would eat until your were born the next day at 4:51pm.

do you see my face? I just fell in love with you.

do you see my face? I just fell in love with you.

I have been looking through photos of you all weekend. You have changed and grown so much in five years, and yet…in every picture, you are still the same boy. I can see your heart and soul.

your first birthday. Eddie eyes.

your first birthday. Eddie eyes.

your second birthday...I can't believe you are the same age as Charlie in this picture!  You still lean on the table like this.

your second birthday…I can’t believe you are the same age as Charlie in this picture! You still lean on the table like this.

your third birthday. This is you all the way, just smaller.

your third birthday.your signature smile. I love how happy you are.

Your fourth birthday. My little boy.

Your fourth birthday. My little boy.

And now you are five. We had your birthday party this weekend and for the first time invited all your neighbor friends because you have neighbor friends now!  Not just friends that happen because Daddy and I are friends with their parents, but friends you found and love to play with.

my big kid! same eyes. same smile. same sweet, kind boy.

my big kid! same eyes. same smile. same sweet, kind boy.

Sometimes our journey is difficult. There is frustration and yelling and crying.  I hope that is not what you focus on when you reflect on your childhood someday.

I hope you remember the family and friends who love you and surround you on your birthday.

I hope you remember our tradition of going to Red Robin Yum for your birthday.

I hope you remember the birthday cakes that I made from scratch at your request–last year lemon, this year white with strawberry frosting.

I hope you remember how excited I am for each of your birthdays, not because of gifts and cake and balloons (although those are fun), but because it’s a celebration of YOU. Of Edward Steven Sluiter.

Of the day I became a mom, your dad became a dad, and of the day you made us a family.  Your birthday is huge.

It is a celebration of you and of us.

And now you are FIVE.

You can read some words, you like chapter books read to you at bedtime, you think super heroes and curious George are equally cool, and you can ride your bike without training wheels.

You are going to start Kindergarten this year and learn to read and spell and do math.

You are going to start soccer and make new friends.

Five is a big deal, Eddie Bear.

You are a big deal.

I love you so so much.

and never lose your awesome sense of humor. It is my favorite.

and never lose your awesome sense of humor. It is my favorite.

Love forever,


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About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.


  1. Happy Birthday to Eddie! Five is an exciting year. I hope it is a great one for your whole family!
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  2. 5 is a very big deal. You’re an amazing mama…and he’s an amazing boy. xoxoxo
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  3. A whole hand! Five is such a big age.
    Happy Birthday, Eddie!!
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  4. HAPPY 5 Eddie, I love how your mommy told us your whole story with her words and it’s been such a gift to be part of your “family’ for all these years.

    Have a fantastic year little guy, can’t wait to read all about your 5 year old adventures!

    (love to you Katie!! Smooch!)
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  5. Happy birthday, Eddie – the ‘stache looks great on you 😉
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  6. I absolutely LOVE the age of 5. It had definitely been one of my favorite ages for my boys so far (and K soon!). It is like the perfect age before they get too big and after they are a baby and they are learning to do SO MUCH. You will love it too, I know (especially on the reading and writing front)! Happy Birthday, Eddie!!!
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  7. Happy birthday Eddie!

    PS James had that same monkey theme for his first birthday.
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  8. Oh birthdays are bittersweet for us moms. Happy birthday, Eddie! Don’t grow up too fast.
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  9. What a beautiful boy and sweet post! Happy birthday to your little guy!

  10. Happy Birthday to your boy! Oh my goodness, five! We will have a five year old here in the Fall and I can’t believe it! It feels so so big!!
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  11. Love this! So sweet. Happy Birthday to your big Five!
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