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,

Mommy

Birthday Throwback

Today is my 36th birthday.

When I told my students how old I am (because yes, I do that), there were some who were genuinely shocked I was out of my 20’s.

While being 36 does not bother me, it made me smile that my students thought I was so young.

I don’t have much to say about this day, so I will just do a big ol’ #ThrowbackThursday for you.

Enjoy some “Vintage” Katie.

Katie - Bibs & Boots

Just Kickin’ it Katie

Katie - 6 months

6 months of Katie

Katie - ANTM

Model Katie

Preschool Katie

Preschool Katie

Tiger Fan Katie

Tiger Fan Katie

high school Katie

high school Katie

Kate-Senior-Pic-001

Senior Picture Katie

college. nuff said.

College Katie

kates

mid Twenties Katie

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Married Katie

bday5 - Copy

First Time Away from Son Katie

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Mom Katie

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Mid Thirties Katie

Huh. 36 years and my smile has changed zero.

Nice.

Happy day to me.

and then you were two

Charlie

Planned and prepped
smooth
peaceful
arrival.

Jokes and laughter
Given to Fly
calm
birth.

Silent and feathery
tranquil sleep
soft
snuggles.

Cries for food
quiet
sighs
days.

Rolling and crawling
observing
so
serious.

Watching and waiting
learning
processing
growing.

Suddenly and surprisingly
awkward
tumbling
skill-building.

Quiet and reserved
to
brave
boisterous.

Testing and side-eyeing
nooooooo
scowls
boundaries.

Jumping and running
loud
naughty
sweet.

Silly and giggly
expressions
words
personality.

Slowly and rapidly
changing
developing
Two.

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Happy second birthday to my Charlie Bird.

Words seem small compared to your big personality and giant spot in my heart.

I love you, Birdie.

*************

When Eddie turned two, I wrote him a poem as well. So it’s a thing now.

Birthday Party, Cheesecake, Jelly Bean, BOOM!

I could talk for thousands of words about Eddie’s birthday.

But I won’t.

Because some stories need to be told in pictures.

This is how we celebrated three years of being parents to this guy…

Obviously the day started with a cupcake (and french toast sticks). Obviously.

“Mom? Why I stand out here in my jammies?”

“MY NEW SCOOTER!!”

the maiden voyage of the new blue scooter.

Woke up from nap to presents from some very wonderful ladies.  Don’t let the look fool you, he was just waking up.

Birthday dinner at Red Robin…YUM!

we let this guy come along with us.

The singing, clapping, and “CAKE IN A CUP???” was a super hit. He’s still talking about it.

as I wiped his hands he whispered, “I love you, mom.” cue the heart melt.

happy birthday boy.

Cort found eddie in the road watching the kids across the street after dinner.
“Dad? I wish MY pool had a slide.” ::cue giant sigh::
no, he did not get a pool with a slide for his birthday. So he still covets this.

Yesterday was PAR-TAY-DAY!

and we let them eat cake.

FOOOOOOOD!

I made these (thank you pinterest).

to wet your whistle.

All About Eddie

lunch of sloppy joes, chips & dip, fruit, and pasta salad was a hit!
I mean, a “train man hat” makes everything awesome.

Oh man. These are about to be ravaged.

he was more excited than he looks.
so was I.

wiggly fun sprinkler.
almost everything he got was an outdoor toy.
WIN!

ok, so I had to sneak this cutie pic Cort took of Kingston in.
Love our nephews!

He LOVES being sung to!

blowing out those candles…while gripping the flashlight his Granny gave him.
Yes, he slept with that flashlight.

don’t forget to take a cookie on your way out!

After everyone left and he came in from running around outside with his new toys, Eddie wanted his cookie treat.
He took one bite, set it down, and asked to go to nap.
Party success.

and then this happened.

I won’t lie.

This all was a LOT of work.

And after everyone left and the messes were picked up?

Three out of the four of us passed the heck right out for 2+hours.

And one person did his homework and paid bills.

Sucks to be that person.

*************

Special thanks to…

Becky for the yummy cookies (see button in sidebar for discount!)

Courtney for the amazing invitations, banner, goody bag toppers, water bottle trains, confetti, railroad crossing signs, food signs, and anything else I forgot.  You never cease to amaze  me with your talent and all around awesome.

Our family for spending a couple hours of their Sunday with us to celebrate Eddie.

The Visels for the early gift to Eddie that has kept him busy outside all week.

Granny for the flashlight that makes Eddie brave in the dark.

Uncle Mike for finding the BIGGEST nerf gun the store had (related: it lives under our bed)

All of you for the love you have spewed for my sweet boy in the comments here on and facebook.

And mostly, to my wonderful husband, Cort who took {almost} all the pictures you see here.  This day would not be possible without you (for obvious reasons), but also because you remain calm and cool in the face of my stress ball anger pants about all details.  Thank you for playing trains with Eddie.  I love you.

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