Today you turn 11. ELEVEN. Holy crap, that’s old. This has been an amazing year and you have proven to us a million times over how wonderfully blessed we are to have such an amazing son. You spent my entire pregnancy getting excited with me about the birth of your sister. And you were so sincere about how excited you were! And you did everything you could to make my life easier as I got fatter and fatter. You were tolerant and patient with everything associated with our new house and the move. You helped in so many ways to make things happen with the move that I wasnt able to do. You helped with the responsibilities that I couldnt help with and I don’t know if we would have made it without you. You also spent a lot of nights giving me backrubs and rubbing my head to help me relax when I was so damn MISERABLE. You were fantastic.
And then? After NikkiZ was born? You rose to the challenge of being a big brother like I knew you would. You have never once been scared to hold her, even the day she was born. You entertain her when she’s sad, you cuddle her when she’s scared. You are already the best big brother in the world and your sister is only three months old. I am so thrilled to know that NikkiZ is going to have such a wonderful brother growing up and you are going to be such a good influence on her. I’m glad she’ll have someone she can turn to when she can’t turn to us.
LilZ – I love you more than you could ever know. I am proud of you in ways I could never express. It has been a long year for you – but it ended great. I hope year 11 is just as good to you.
I love you with all my heart.