I say this every year…but honestly, I don’t know how this happened! Just yesterday, I was meeting Truman face to face for the first time and now he is 13 years old! Truman came into this world, locked eyes with me and I don’t think love is a strong enough a word to describe the feeling I had. Maybe adoration is. I adore my little go getting, hard working, try your best, give your all, never stop moving, jelly legs, sensitive, sweet, kind boy.
This year, I have seen the changes in our once very close relationship. We used to be inseparable…now he spends more time away from me. He doesn’t ask for my help as much…doesn’t need me to tuck him in anymore, he rolls his eyes and challenges me more. He is doing his job as a 13 year old. He is pulling away. I was told this would happen. I told myself, it wouldn’t happen to us…but here it is. And it is okay. It is what is supposed to be.
So, now I cherish even more those fleeting moments when he snuggles with me on the couch…or asks me to sit with him before bed or our talks in the car on the way to school. And I adore so many things about this new person he is trying to become. His sense of humor is coming in…and if you know me, you know I value laughter above most things in life! He is still a hard worker, never stops moving, gives his all and is kind…he is forming his own opinions about how life works and I adore watching him become his own person…separate from me.
But I would be lying if I didn’t say it hurts a little….sometimes a lot!
We have been inseparable for 13 years, and now our relationship is evolving. I know it won’t be the last time it does this. I also knew I wouldn’t always be your number 1! And this is okay! It is how life is supposed to work! But you will always be my baby boy. The one who likes to sing in the car with me, who goes to the gym with me, who makes warming stations for us when it is cold outside, who likes to play cards with me, who helps me with my chores and doesn’t complain, who is up for any challenge, who is brave and silly, who thinks about other peoples’ feelings and who I will carry in my heart forever!
I love you Truman! Happy 13th Birthday!!! XOXO!
Special Thanks to Alisz Hatch for these photos of Tru and I! 🙂