See! I was quite clear - "Don't rush to be nine", I said. I did not use any advanced vocabulary or vague grammatical nuances, I used simple, basic language that any eight year old with a decent 2nd grade education could easily comprehend. Do you think he listened to me? Of course not. Nope, he just whizzed through an entire year, despite my pleas and as of 1:43pm this afternoon, EDT, he is officially nine.
I mean, he started out like this:
These were adorable times, but honestly, growing out of the reflux stage and the I-don't-want-to-sleep-at-night phase was kinda okay with me.
These flashes of independence were charming:
I was even okay with how easily he took on the role of big brother:
I could even handle his opinionated personality that appeared pretty earlier on:
(Note: trust me when I say the "opinionated" portion of his personality was apparent waaaay before this photo was taken).
When he donned this and whispered in my ear "Mommy, I really AM a Superhero", I was okay with that, because I knew what was under that mask:
And even as Steve & I revelled when he started school, we didn't think much of it, heck it was only preschool:
But last year I was very serious about the "getting older" stuff. It had to stop, or at least slow down to a pace I could handle. But once again, my requests were cast aside and he went ahead and skated-swung-sang-played piano-Wii'd-learned-and-grew his way through another year.
In the end, I guess the only thing we can really do is say "Happy Birthday Jackson! We Love You!"
P.S. To celebrate Jackson's Birthday, we have a great new product in the house! We are pleased to welcome Silk Garden Sock! Eight fabulous colors of Silk Garden are now available in sock weight! It's 40% lambswool/25% silk/25% nylon/10% kid mohair with 330 yards. Price is $19.99 and it is discountable! One ball will make a pair, but I know this yarn will be used for so much more than just socks! Let the celebration begin!