Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Ode to My Third Child, Age 5

Dear Baby,

Momma knows that it's hard to be 5.  It's even harder to be 5 when you are the third child and you have two older brothers. 

When you are 5 in this situation, you don't really act like you're 5.  After all, you've never even watched Elmo!  You went straight to SpongeBob because that's what your older brothers watched. 

And toys?  What are toys?

You asked for a Nintendo DS for your 4th birthday because that's what your big brothers had.
And oh, was it torture to wait until you got one of your own...

And now you want an iPod.  An iPod!  You are FIVE.

When you are 5 in this situation, you become much more savvy and street-smart than your kindergarten peers who are firstborns.  You learn how to manipulate, to weasle, to get your way.  You learn that looking cute and innocent is your biggest strength. 

You become tough as nails.
Even after 4 shots.

And you learn to be self-sufficient, because there are two other children demanding your parents' attention as well.
Baby, we are going through a little bit of a rough patch with you right now.  You aren't making good choices.  This week we have caught you lying.  Not once, but twice.  And they were sophisticated lies for a 5 year old. 

A 5 year old who has really never had a chance to act his age.

Mommy and Daddy get it.  We understand.  We know you are trying to figure out your place.  Test your boundaries.  Push your limits.

So today, Daddy will take you to school.  He will stand by your side as you explain to your teacher that you "borrowed" a toy airplane from the after-school program without asking.  He will be right next to you as you explain that you didn't give it back to her yesterday because you lied--you lied and told us that you had a substitute teacher yesterday so you couldn't give it back. 

But no matter what, we love you.  Even if you always seem to learn the hard way.


justme said...

poor baby.

so cute. good luck.

Julie {Angry Julie Monday} said...

Five! Woohoo! Happy Birthday to him! Five is such a tough age. They are still little but think they are big. My son has had some rough spurts this year.

Life As I Know It said...

What a lucky boy to have such understanding parents. He'll find his way.

I am a youngest (of 4) and it wasn't always easy...

Mari said...

So sweet! I have a 5 year old too and he's a little brother. It's a tough year but also so sweet - he still snuggles and needs his mom.

Marie said...

Happy Birthday Baby !!

Kimberly said...

Aww...happy birthday. No matter how old he is or may think he is, he will always be your baby!
My brother is 12 years younger than me and he was light years beyond his age!

Rebecca said...

That's good parenting...I had a similar situation when I taught and that mother had her son come in and apologize to every single class. I never forgot that and love that parents are willing to make their kids uncomfortable every now and then in order to teach a lesson.

BTW, the picture of him watching the DS is precious!!! Totally worth a thousand words!

Michelle said...

Awww. I don't know why but this made me tear up. I was also the youngest of 3 (of all girls) and it's hard when everyone is cooler and smarter than you.

Anonymous said...

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