Birthday Boy

December 20, 2011

Today is officially Sam’s 9th Birthday. Nine sounds so old to me. I’ve always felt that way about the “nines.” Twenty-nine, Thirty-nine, Forty-nine…you get the idea.

This is such a bittersweet Birthday for me. He’ll never be a single digit number after this year.

Sam Shocked

You mean, I'm actually allowed to "grow up?"

I remember how exciting it was, as a kid, to hit those “Double Digits.” Now, I find it a little depressing. I know every parent goes through moments when they want to stop time. And, I have found myself in quite a few of those, especially with my little one, Jake. He’s my baby. I want to keep him that way.

Jake at Sam's Party

You are not to get any older or bigger. Got it kid?!?

But, Sam has always been the one that I’ve encouraged to “advance.” Mature. Become self-reliant. In fact, I’ve expected it with him. He’s my oldest, and I expect him to act “like it.” What does that even mean? I guess, the opposite of acting like Jake. The “baby.”

So, this 9th Birthday has caught me off-guard. Today I realized that my first “baby” has very limited time remaining in this “kiddie” realm. And, I don’t want him to grow-up so fast. I’m  really not ready for the fast approaching “Double Digits.” He may be, but I’m not.

Sam is 9

"Double Digits here I come."

Sam and I are now both in the “nines.” This is my thirty-ninth year. And, I’m trying to accomplish a whole list of things before I turn the big 4-0. But, one thing I’m not going to do is rush through Sam’s 9th year.  I’m going to savor every last minute of it. Because, as we all know, it all goes by oh so fast.


How do you feel about your kid’s milestone birthdays?

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Vivian December 21, 2011 at 12:34 pm

Happy birthday Sam!! It does go fast. Before you know it he will be taller than you and you’ll be planning a bar mitzvah!! Crazy!!!!!

2 Sharon December 21, 2011 at 7:30 pm

Ugh! Don’t remind me!! Happy Holidays!!!

3 Kim Cyzner December 21, 2011 at 12:40 pm

Happy birthday Sam!!!hope it’s a great one. Xo

4 Sharon December 21, 2011 at 7:16 pm

Sam says thank you!!! And, he can’t wait for both our ski trips!! xo

5 Erin December 22, 2011 at 12:28 am

Happy Birthday Sam!!! I can not believe he is 9! This just isn’t allowed! Miss you guys see you soon!

6 Sharon December 23, 2011 at 6:08 pm

i know – it’s crazy!! we miss you and can’t wait to see in a week!! xoxox

7 julie seifer December 23, 2011 at 11:59 am

Happy B-Day Sam!

8 Sharon December 23, 2011 at 6:08 pm

thanks Julie! xoxo

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