My oldest “baby” is 17! I’ll never forget when they placed William in my arms, it was instant love and I couldn’t believe this child chose me to be his mother. That tiny baby is now 6 feet tall and I couldn’t be prouder of the man he’s becoming.
William’s the quintessential oldest child. He’s hard-working, determined, driven, and always there to help out. He’s funny and witty and silly. He’s protective and watchful over those he loves. He’s smart, kind, and generous. He’s loyal and passionate about what he loves.
He’s the one who will smile for photos without complaining. Remind his siblings to get me something for Mother’s Day. Wakes up early for swim team and constantly tells me not to get up with him (though I always do). He asks about my day and never hangs up or leaves without a “love you, Mom!”
He’s the leader of our little ship and I couldn’t have asked for a better example for my other children to look up to. I’m holding onto him for dear life and trying not to think that next year he’ll be 18 and a senior in high school…
As always, instead of keeping up with baby books… I make birthday videos for the kids. This is video 17 for this big guy! He told me this was his favorite, although he tells me that every year.
Happy Birthday, William. Love you, CRAZY.