Last week, my son turned 5. Where did the five years go? My feelings echoed those articulated by Jen and Elizabeth in their heartfelt posts on similar milestones in their children’s lives. Yesterday, I was re-stocking my nursery with all the requisite baby supplies, and I pulled out a sleeper that my son wore 5 years ago when I brought him home from the hospital. It felt like yesterday that I was waddling around the Eaton Centre on my lunch break looking for that perfect outfit with which to welcome my baby boy to his new home.
Five years have whizzed by, and my son is now a chatty, very active and curious Boy – he’s not even a Toddler anymore – he’s a Boy. We’ve been through Mighty Machines, Bob the Builder, Diego and have now arrived at Bakugan and Ben 10. We’ve played with trucks and more trucks and have now graduated to superheroes and Lego mania. We’re now at that amazing stage where, after my three year old daughter goes to bed, my boy and I sit around and chat for at least an hour on a variety of topics – what happened at school, his latest high score and how he got there on his Leapfrog Leapster, the variety of crazy things his sister perpetrated that day ("Mum, she really did that.") and on and on. Then, we take a turn each reading books to each other and it’s bed time – for both of us. My boy, still a baby at the end of the night when he wants to be snuggled to sleep, is quickly becoming my companion and friend too. A short time ago, on these winter nights when my husband works late, loneliness would set in. That’s no longer the case.
This year, for his birthday (celebrated with yummy cupcakes), we decided to get our guy a CD player (check out below – this cool one I found at Toys R Us in the shape of Lightning McQueen from Cars) with a custom-made CD with his favourite songs downloaded from Itunes (there are 5 songs on the disc because "Mummy, you can only really love 5 songs at a time"). He loved it! He now starts each day with his music, which he can now control himself, and listens to his 5 songs repeatedly.
Here’s his playlist:
1. Video Killed the Radio Star – The Buggles
2. When We were Young – The Killers
3. Sad Sad City – Ghostland Observatory
4. Accidentally in Love – Counting Crows (Shrek Soundtrack)
5. Life is a Highway – Rascal Flatts (Cars Soundtrack)