Our biggest man little Z has turned the grand old age of 7 today. He’s been desperate to be a whole year older for a good few months now as his best friend was beating him. I can’t believe how 7 years have flown by so quickly and how he’s edging closer to 10. It really has gone by in a big blur but it’s been lovely to watch him grow up and mature this past year and discover more about the world. He’s inquisitive and just does not stop nattering, even when no ones talking to him. I can see a lot of myself in him and I know he’s pretty much a clone of me. It would have been quite a spooky replica if he was a girl I think! I just love that he loves going on holiday to see new places. He is definitely his mummy’s son.
I’m a tiny bit paranoid he’s hitting the tween stage a bit early. We have drama and sulks and little emotional moments in between and that’s definitely a new thing this last year. I think it’s partially maybe hormones and partially him finding his way in the world of 6 and 7 year olds and learning little life lessons such as not being invited to every single party a classmate might have, or having to make a decision between a big birthday present or a medium present and birthday party. This year he’s gone for “a big present” and we celebrated as a little family without any big party stress and it’s been just lovely and perfect. A party is just as much fun but it’s been nice not having to think about anybody else one this occasion.
I think the nicest thing about Little Z this year has been the sheer amount of patience he has with his little brother. The toddler is at the “grab everything / it’s mine” stage and that can be exhausting for adults, let alone children. Little Z has somehow found it within him to be (mostly) laid back about everything and it’s made such a difference to those potentially sibling meltdown moments that come with the territory. Of course there are times when he doesn’t want to be patient but ultimately he is an adored mentor to the little hurricane brother and I think that’s why our toddler thrives so happily around his big brother.
Happy Birthday our biggest little man.