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Oh The Places He’ll Go

Congratulations!
Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!

Today I will sit down with my little baby and read him Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss. Today that little baby sitting on my lap is no longer classified as a baby. He’s a toddler. He is one. One! And while I’m far more emotional than I expected, I am so very excited for what awaits this little guy.

What will he accomplish in this next year? I mean, we’ve already been taught, by default experience, not to bank on him accomplishing the same things as BigBrother in the same manner. In fact, we’ve learned to expect things we didn’t know to expect as LittleBrother is 100% his own person. And a climber, to boot, whereas BigBrother was content to sit on the ground. I consider this a scary difference, by the way.

What will he do this year? What will he like? What will he decide that he doesn’t like (as he currently eats all table food… even lettuce from salad… )? Will he fall in love with trains like BigBrother or will he stick with his current love of all things car and truck? (Currently, trucks and everything else wheeled (except trains) are cars.) Will he try to put out fires with an imaginary hose? Or will he want to drive the fire truck when we visit FireDad at the station?

I don’t know. But I’m so excited to see.

And, of course, with this experience already notched into my belt, I know that some not-so-awesome days are coming. Tantrums and grumpies will abound. And, like the book, some not so great things might happen. But, I believe… HE WILL MOVE MOUNTAINS.

Maybe not this year. But someday.

On his birthday at the end of this very first year, I am so happy to call him my son. My youngest son. And, yes, he will always be my baby. I cherish the memories we have made this year. I do get weepy thinking about them, I’ll be honest. But I am so excited to see where this one is going.

I mean, with a grin like above, he’s going to be something amazing.

Happy Birthday, LittleBrother. We’re already so proud of you and we can’t wait to see the places you’ll go!


(All this Seuss speak aside, I just reviewed some Dr. Seuss clothing from Bumkins over at Modern Mamma Marvels. And, by the way, I have a huge announcement coming today. No, I’m not pregnant.)

6 replies on “Oh The Places He’ll Go”

Aw, Happy Birthday to LB! He will move mountains one day!

I was so emotional when my son turned 1. It is such a big, and yet so small, step into real personhood!

Wonderful post. And, again, a very happy birthday to LittleBrother!

I like the transition from baby to one-year-old. Thet are still cute and cuddly. The twos haven’t kicked in yet. They either don’t say much or don’t know the word “no.” Good times.

The younger sibling is a really wonderful relationship to watch. My daughter was her sister’s shadow. Whereas my youngest, a boy, is his own person. He did his own thing. Mostly because his sisters are often at odds with each other.

I like your blog and your twitters. It is like listening to the fire scanner! Hope you are food poisoning free. My husband and I will never again eat pasta primavera…both got sick the day before he was supposed to propose to me over 19 years ago.

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