Wednesday, June 3, 2009

I'M THE MOM OF A TEENAGER

age 10

How did this happen? I'm still so young...and cute! Well, I am, aren't I?! Why are you laughing? How can I have a 13 year-old boy? It seems like just yesterday I was banging his car seat carrier against my legs while carting him around in it. Just yesterday that my left bicep was noticeably larger than my right one from carrying my chubby baby boy. Just yesterday that I was filling up snack sized bags with Cheerios and sippy cups with apple juice and ice to take with us anytime we left the house. When I close my eyes and go back through the memories, I guess it's about right...we've had 13 great, crazy, wacky years with this boy, and I've loved every single one of them! Once when we were leaving his 1st grade classroom he said something that I found particularly funny. As I laughed, he said, "You just can't take the silly out of me, can you mom?!" No, I couldn't, but I would never try! This is the kid who will tell you a knock-knock joke while reprogramming your computer, manage to leave all his dirty socks out of his laundry basket and complain that he has no clean ones, kiss the dog on the lips but not his mother, and pole vault over the couch "just to see it he could". He will beg to stay on the computer or video game for just a few minutes more, hide around the corner to scare the heck out of me and laugh, give something to a friend in need without ever being asked, and fall asleep with all his lights and radio on every night. He puts a lot of stock in "fair", but is always the one to concede in an argument. He feels deeply, but says little. He is impatient with people sometimes, but never the dog. He once dubbed himself "The Baby Watcher" and is always kind to babies and loves to make them laugh. He has never said an unkind word about a friend. He has to be reminded constantly to cut his fingernails. He is a gifted writer with the handwriting of a serial killer. He can be ridiculously messy, and heart-stoppingly kind. He is gifted beyond measure at many things, but doesn't know it yet. He will be the most generous, kind, and loving husband and father some day, but for today, he's still my (teenage) boy. Sigh.age 9


age 11


age 11--never met a dog he didn't love

age 12

12 comments:

Cairo Typ0 said...

He'll always be your son. And he'll be your teenager for another couple years yet so hold on to the positive memories! LOL :p

Kris said...

Wow, I thought you were describing my eldest...except mine bites his mails and is nine. I am not looking forward to teenagers lol...any-who....stopping in from SITS, hope you'll stop by my place!

Mary said...

A lot of your description of Nate also describes LeRoy at that age!

Wait till you find out what a shock it is to say "I'm the mom of an adult!" Even at my age it's hard to comprehend!

Scott and Genevieve said...

13-years-old?! Where does the time go?

CoffeeJitters.Net (Judy Haley) said...

I've got four younger brothers and my mom and I discovered with each of them if you lurk around when they don't know their alone you can hear them cooing to themselves - trying to get used to their new, lower voices.

Heather said...

Ahhhh...time goes by too fast when it comes to kiddos.

{our happy nest} said...

i can't believe he is 13! i remember when you first had him. he was such a cute baby! and of course he still is cute, moving on to stunningly handsome. :) he really is a very sweet boy!

Rbarakat said...

Oh I love this post and your pics are awesome! He looks like such a character!

glenna said...

Yep, time goes by FAST! Thanks for stopping by my blog this weekend! Glad I found you through SITS. :-)

Lori said...

My son will be 9 in July. He's our baby so we are wondering where all the time went! They grow way too fast, don't they!

~Lori
www.petersonstlouis.com

SITS Girls said...

I must write about my son growing up monthly- he is 8 and it's killing me!!!

Congrats on your beautiful boy turned teenager.

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