Letters to Our Sons | March 2013 | Being Oldest

This month’s letter is to my first baby… the one I learn from daily!  Don’t forget to follow the link at the bottom of the post to the next letter to complete our circle!

Hey Bub-

This month I wanted to write to you about one incredibly important job you have… being oldest.
Looking through this month’s images, I couldn’t help but see how wonderfully you have filled this role already.  Your brother and your sister adore you.
I write this letter from experience, because I, too, am the oldest.
Being the oldest is a great role to have.  You get to do everything before your younger siblings, who will always claim, “Its not fair!” But, be assured, we’ll be fair.  I’m sure you’ll notice, though, the way the oldest has to do things the first time around is usually different than the younger kids will get to do in the future.  Fair isn’t equal.  Fair is what is right for each individual child.  We’ll always be fair.  Remember, Bub, everything you do for the first time, is Daddy and Mommy’s first time at it to- as parents.
Being the oldest is a big role to have.  As time goes on, you’ll probably hear a lot that you are the example for your brother and sister.  The way you talk, the way you act, the way you handle responsibility… all those things will make an impact on your siblings.  Now, in no way am I saying it is your responsibility to make sure they handle things well… I’m just saying that you set the bar.  It is a big job, but you are a big guy.  Even in that little body, you’ve got bigness!
You are going to do amazing things.  I know it.  Things your brother and sister may claim they cannot live up to.  Don’t let that stop you.  Be you.  Be big.  Lead the way.
I love you, Bubba.  I love that you can stop me in my tracks with your sweet smile.  You are my daily challenge to be a better Mommy.  Because, lets face it, it may be you leading your brother and sister… but its my words I hear coming from your mouth and my attitude that is reflected back- good or bad.  I’m YOUR example and I want to give you guys the best of me.
I love you my first baby!
Forever and ever,
I’d love for you to click over to Oklahoma City Newborn Photographer | Tavia Redburn and read her letter to her sons and view some amazing images!  She is one phenominal Clickin’ Mom, and I am happy to be part of this blog circle with her!
  • Jessica - What a beautiful letter and amazing idea to do for your children. My son is almost one and I’m realizing how fast time flies!ReplyCancel

  • Dannielle - This is so precious…great idea momma!ReplyCancel

  • rachael - precious!!!ReplyCancel

  • Robin - So sweet, I love these letters! Beautiful captures and representation of your son being the oldest!ReplyCancel

  • Whitney - That is so sweet! I teared up. Great photos. I know he’ll cherish this when he’s older.ReplyCancel

  • Tavia Redburn - Oh my word, that first image of your boys is amazing! I love it so much! I hope you have it hanging in your home somewhere. I’m the oldest too, it is hard! I see so much of myself in my oldest, I’m sure you do too. Thank you for the sweet words about me as well, you’re too kind 🙂 Great pictures and letter this month Erin!ReplyCancel

  • Azka - Sweet letter! I love the first image it’s super sweet! I feel the same way about my older one, it’s hard to be the oldest!ReplyCancel

  • vanessa - So sweet and love your part of a blog circle! Sounds fun!ReplyCancel

  • CandiceM - Such a sweet letter! Yep the oldest always pave the way, but its not a bad thing!ReplyCancel

  • JenniferKing - wonderful idea to write a letter to your child! Love this. Photos are wonderful too!ReplyCancel

  • Susan Kelly - How great it is that you’ve actually done this. Good for you!ReplyCancel

  • BOBBI-JO ELLIOTT - very sweet letter and photos!ReplyCancel

  • Rena Christine - Adorable! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Curkovic - What a wonderful idea! I love this!ReplyCancel

  • Emily grapes - I have no idea what it means to be the first born (being the baby of 4 and all) so I can only imagine how it is for him..and was for you. This is such a telling letter of how it is and I love every word of it.

    Your words are just as beautiful as your photography!
    Emily at Amazing Grapes

  • Natalie @ MamaTrack - Oh, what a wonderful big brother! I love your words and your photos here. They are just lovely.ReplyCancel

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