Here we are for yet another installment of the Letters to Our Sons project! I am so thrilled to be part of this circle with several other Clickin’ Moms… be sure to catch the link at the end to follow our circle all the way around.
I was looking through the images I captured of you and your brother and sister this month. There were not nearly as many of you as there were of them. That made me sad. And then it made me think. Where were you? What were you doing during those other moments captured? And then I saw… you are there, right smack dab in the middle. I sat thinking about all the things ‘they’ say about middle children and I did a quick internet search and found info that made me realize how astoundingly predictable we are as parents… as humans. Read on…
They say that,
“Parents tend to be much more easy-going, less anxious, and less demanding with second and third children. Thus many middle children grow up with a more relaxed attitude towards life than their older siblings; though they have to compete for family attention against the milestones set by the oldest, and growing up in their shadow. Middle children have to try a little harder to ‘be heard’ or get noticed. The middle child usually has to fight harder for the attention of their parents and therefore crave the family spotlight. They may feel that they do not get as much praise as the older children for simple firsts like tying a shoe or riding a bike. Those things just become expected.”
Boy, isn’t most of that the sad, scary, truth! One thing I think Daddy and I have going for us is that we do celebrate your simple firsts. I am so excited that you have decided to like baseball! You went to your first practice 3 days ago and wanted nothing to do with it. Today, though, you had a great time! You stepped out from under Bubba’s shadow and shined all on your own! One thing you learned to do this month, that has Bub in a tizzy is WHISTLE! I love that you did this first! It is so awesome! Did you know that there are some grownups who don’t know how to whistle?! I gotta add, though, that boy does that whistle ever serve all your middle child purposes… more attention, being heard, getting noticed, extra praise! I gotta say, its amazing really. You are such a smart dude!
What was that it mentioned about being in the spotlight? Oh, your silliness abounds:) You are a funny guy through and through! I am so thankful for that.
Oh, and your sweet snuggle. In this picture you are snuggled under my covers, in my spot in my bed. But I let you. You will only be this little once. It won’t be forever that you want to be in the middle of me and Daddy while you sleep. Someday you are going to be a big, burly man and I can only hope and pray that at that time you will still want to hug and snuggle your mama…
You are so, so precious to me, Moosie. I love you bigger than the moon and bigger than the world!
Please continue on through our circle to read the letter that Natalie at Life on the Mama Track wrote to her son!