Dear Mr. H,
Happy Birthday love guy.
Wow. Six years old, eh? Not feeling older, but just "bigger". Love your way of describing it.
It's kind of crazy for mommy to know that she has a six year old. It seems like just yesterday you were a sweet little peanut, and one who started showing his remarkable personality right away. And you definitely are ALL personality.
You are a true charmer, and a born negotiator. But you have to remember to use your power for good, and not just to try and get people to do things for you. Which is funny that you do that, because you're so independent and regularly insist on having to do things yourself, even when it takes longer.
The last year has been a big turning point for you, in so many ways that we couldn't even imagine. You are definitely no longer a toddler! You have embraced our UK adventure with more enthusiasm than we ever dared hope for, and your resilience with the challenges of a new school have made mommy and daddy so proud.
While you have always had an adventurous and outgoing spirit, you've also been appropriately cautious for your age and now I see you pushing the envelope more with things that you were uncertain about in the past. Whether it's getting the hang of swimming lessons, climbing trees, or persevering on the monkey bars you are demonstrating that you are ready for bigger things. Like that new skateboard you desperately wanted for your birthday (okay, but you'll be padded to the hilt!).
This next year will be an even bigger turning point for you buddy. The training wheels are off. Everyone has higher expectations (you have homework from school already!) and you have more responsibility. You've already been doing a wonderful job of expressing yourself and are working hard at settling down when you get overly upset over little things. And mommy tries to remember that to you they're still big things.
But in spite of all these changes as a "big boy", I love that you're still my little boy in so many ways. Hugs and kisses for bo-bos, hating your timeouts enough to try really hard to do better, kisses for mommy when she leaves you at school, and snuggles. I'm so glad you're not too old for snuggles!
Have a wonderful year my wee man, and enjoy that skateboard. Mommy and Daddy love you very much. We can't even imagine what our family would be like without you in it.
Lots of love,