Dear Louis - Happy Birthday

blonde haired young boy leaning on an orange swing

An Open Letter to my Son on his 7th birthday

My Darling Boy,

Happy Birthday! Despite everything you've endured, today you turn seven.

When you arrived in our arms seven years ago you certainly took us by surprise. Coming from a generation of repetitive females we were genuinely shocked to have a baby with 'extra bits' attached.

As my second child, I thought I would be a parenting pro by now but you taught me immediately that that wasn't the way things were going to be. What worked for your sister was certainly not going to be ok with you. You were you and I needed to get to know you.

Here a few things I've learnt from being your Mum.

You've taught me that small children can climb bookcases, where there's a will there's a way has definitely been one of your life mottos.

I've learnt that you can 'fix' things even when they aren't broken.

I've learnt the names of the full Thomas the Tank Engine fleet and scrolled the internet and toy stores for the 'Rare' versions because you 'needed' to complete your set. I've stood in Tesco squeezing the 'bling bags' like a dodgy shoplifter, trying to work out which Mini Engine was inside so I didn't disappoint you by bringing home a double, or a 'Twin' as you liked to call them.

I've made a name for myself at your school going in to see your teachers more time's than you've had hot dinners, trying to make things a little bit easier for you to cope. I've learnt that life isn't easy for you and often we have to fight against society for what you need and deserve.

You've introduced me to computer games, particularly the Super Mario based ones and I'm still yet to beat you on Mario Kart 8! Things have come a long way since Sonic and my Sega Megadrive. You're a computer whizz, unlike your Mum.

You've taught me that no 'hole' is safe when it comes to little boys and their genitalia and that it is definitely not ok to leave you and your sister in the bath with a bubble pipe for even five seconds! A fabulous tale for your 18th birthdays.

From being 6 months old you taught me that you had an epic throw, though I much prefer you channelling that skill into cricket rather than food now you've grown a little.

Your ability to cope with what life has thrown at you has amazed me. You showed me how to take one day at a time, to slow down and to appreciate and absorb every little bit of our precious life. You taught me to believe in you and to believe in myself.

You taught me that professionals, though valuable, can be wrong.

I learnt from you that not everyone functions the same way, that we all function differently, inside and out and that's ok.

You've taught me that the bond we have is so strong that we can overcome anything.

So, on your 7th birthday, I want to wish you a very Happy Birthday. I want you to know that I love you just the way you are, challenges and all. I want you to know that I'm here for you and always will be. I want you to know that I am so incredibly proud of you and though I will never fully know what you're going through I will always be looking for ways to help you and to make you happy.
I want you to know that I think you are truly inspirational and I am so proud beyond words to be your Mum.

I love you Son,

Mum x

If you would like to read more about Louis and the challenges he's faced, please take a look at my previous blog posts here 👉 Help, my baby needs open heart surgery & My Boy, My Hero

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  1. Great post. The 'holes' bit made me laugh out loud and was very familiar in our house! #thatfridaylinky

  2. A very adoring mummy right there! Happy Birthday to Louis! It's amazing how much our tiny people can teach us #BlogCrush

  3. This is a brilliant post for your Son and it’s made me realise how much I am looking forward to having a baby boy. Happy Birthday to your little man and thanks for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x