Happy 16th Birthday to my Ben!

16 is a milestone! It’s the year (in Rhode Island) when you can finally grab those keys and get behind the wheel. Benjamin has been counting down to this milestone birthday for a while now and I can’t believe it’s already here!

Ben Birthday 16

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that when it comes to birthdays for my kids, I like to make them birthday videos. I failed miserably at baby books when the boys were little, so I decided years ago to just make them a quick recap video of the past year to celebrate each birthday. Little did I know that these little videos would be such a birthday tradition for my kids (and I love it).

Benjamin is my rainbow baby. My 1st rainbow baby. If you’re not familiar with a rainbow baby, it’s your baby after experiencing a miscarriage. During my entire pregnancy with Benjamin, I was on pins and needles. I actually went to the doctor every week until I was 13 weeks with Benjamin just to make sure everything was still looking OK on the ultrasound machine. My nurse used to joke with me that “this baby” would be a model because they had their photo taken so much in my belly. I’ve often said this before, but I mean it to the core… Benjamin was not only wanted but he was also needed. My heart needed him so badly and the second they placed him in my arms I felt peace.

Benjamin is our middle child, perfectly placed between 2 older brothers and 1 younger brother, and 1 younger sister. I know it’s not always easy being the middle child, but Benjamin handles it better than anyone. He’s got a quick wit, a tremendous sense of humor, and a gigantic heart. He stands out on his own because of who he is, and I love that about Ben.

And now he’s 16 years old.

And my mind just can’t process it.

I don’t know where the time has gone, but it’s gone by in a blink. I miss the little boy who used to snuggle on the couch with me and hold my hand, but he’s been upgraded to a young man who tells me he loves me without prompting and routinely checks in with me. Even though time is a thief when it comes to parenting, I’ve seen this young little boy truly turn into an incredible young man.

And so… on this 16th year, I hope for Benjamin all the success and happiness that he desires. I want all of his dreams to come true. And I hope he continues to keep his mom (and dad) in his close little circle.

Here’s the birthday video I made for Benjamin this year, I hope you enjoy it!

Happy Birthday, Ben! I love you CRAZY!

About Audrey

Audrey McClelland has been a digital influencer since 2005. She’s a mom of 5 and shares tips on her three favorite things: parenting, fashion and beauty. She’s also a Contemporary Romance Author.

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