Birthdays are so bittersweet for me. I love that you are growing. I love that we have made it another year together. I love that you are so healthy and strong and smart. I love that you are mine and I am yours. I love that you are about to start kindergarten. But I hate it too. I hate that time seems to go too fast. I hate that my baby is already five. FIVE! I want to remember everything about you right now. The way you still talk with that sweet, little lisp. The way the top of your head smells after a bath. The way you joke about everything. The way you reply “I love a girl!” and bat your big eyes at me after I tell you that I love a boy. I want to remember the way you look at me with those big doe eyes and pouty lips when you want something. I want to remember the way you ask every night if you can get on the big bed because you need to snuggle me. The way you beg for a beach wave in the front of your hair every morning and get mad if it’s not big enough. The way you believe you have magic and powers and super strength and super speed. The way you giggle and laugh when we even act like we are going to tickle you and then the way you cackle uncontrollably when we actually do. I want to remember the way you say a prayer when a storm is coming or when you feel afraid. The way you fold your little arms and peek with one eye when we say family prayer. The way you try to pack fifteen things into your family night when it’s your pick. I want to remember the way your little hand feels in mine and the way you grab my face with both hands to kiss me. The way you get nervous in public and hide behind me. The way you pucker your big lips for a kiss. The way you adore and harass your sister. I want to remember the way you ask me a million questions a day that I don’t know the answers to. I want to soak it all in today because before I know it you will be six and seven and grown. You are amazing, Liam. You are smart, and funny, and wise. You make us laugh every day. You are the best boy I know. You make me happy. I am honored to be your mother.  I love you, Liam Tige. Happy Birthday!


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