Saturday, May 16, 2009

Happy birthday Alex! Happy birthday Nate!

My sweet little Alex, I don't know where three years have gone. This year flew by so fast.


It seems like just yesterday we were worried about your speech and you were throwing massive tantrums. Now you talk like a little adult and show us endless amounts of affection. There is so much sweetness inside you, just like your father.


The changes in you this year were subtle. You are still the Alex we've always known. You want to touch everything. You are enthusiastic about hugs and playing rough. Your head is still made of steel. You are still so sensitive with your emotions and wary of new things. In every way, you became More Alex this year. I didn't think it was possible to love you more, but somehow this year you found new places in my heart to live.


This year your relationship with Nate blossomed. You learned how to better navigate your brother's moods and wants, and it makes me so happy to see you together. He still makes you laugh more than anything else and I am so lucky to have seen you grow into brothers.


My firstborn, baby A, Alex. During your third trip around the sun, I finally grew into my role as a mother. Every night when I tuck you in bed you look up at me with your big brown eyes and I see the depth of love you have for me. It catches my breath every time to know that you feel the way about me that I feel about you. You are, and will always be, my favorite boy with brown eyes in the whole world.


My sweet little Nate, I don't know where three years have gone. This year flew by so fast.


It seems like just yesterday we were overconfident over how easy-going and cooperative you turned out to be. You taught us much about patience and unconditional love this year as you became the poster child for Terrible (yet Tender) Twos. There is so much fire in you, like your mother.


The changes in you this year were not the least bit subtle. You are still the Nate we've always known. You are an enthusiastic loud talker. You still love music and sing very loud. You are outgoing and dive head-first into new situations. You are still so opinionated about what you wear, what you eat, and what we do and those opinions are loud. In every way, you became More Nate this year. I didn't think it was possible to love you more, but somehow this year you found new places in my heart to live.


This year your relationship with Alex blossomed. You finally figured out Alex will listen to you if you play with him and it makes me so happy to see you together. You've finally let Alex into your heart and I am so lucky to have seen you grow into brothers.


My second born, baby B, Nate. During your third trip around the sun, I finally grew into my role as a mother. Every night when I tuck you in bed you look up at me with your big blue eyes and I see the depth of love you have for me. It catches my breath every time to know that you feel the way about me that I feel about you. You are, and will always be, my favorite boy with blue eyes in the whole world.


My sweet dear little boys,

I cried as I wrote these letters to you. This was the first year I realized how short our time together is. I want to slow down to remember every moment with you because these have been the best three years of my life. You and your father have been the biggest blessings I have ever received and I hope every year together is as good as this year.

Happy 3rd birthday Alex. Happy 3rd birthday Nate.
Love,
Mom

36 comments:

bb and mtb said...

Happy Birthday Nate! Happy Birthday Alex!!!

The Adventures of Carrie, Brook, Finn and Reid said...

($100 to anyone who can read this without crying)

Happy Birthday, Nate! Happy Birthday, Alex! Wishing you a fantastic 3rd year. Have fun at your party!

Laura, your birthday letters are amazing. The 'trip around the sun' is my favorite line. I can't wait to see what the 4th trip brings you. A very Happy BIRTHday to you, mama!

Cathy said...

Happy Birthday Nate!

Happy Birthday Alex!

Looks like your parents have planned a most wonderful third birthday!

Have fun.

Goddess in Progress said...

So sweet, and happy birthday to two BIG boys! I hope it's a fabulous day for everyone.

Happy third mom-aversary to you, Laura!

That last picture is GREAT! Well, they all are, but I love the mostly-matching shirts and the pose. Very cute.

Stacey said...

What a wonderful letter to two very special boys! Happy 3rd birthday, Alex and Nate!

Nicole said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Nate & Alex!
Such sweet words for your precious boys. They are too cute for words!!!

Growing up is so bittersweet.

PS: I recognized the Life & Science Museum in one of your pictures, and figured we must be neighbors. We live in Durham, where are you?

What A Card said...

Happy Birthday to your boys! What a happy, exciting day for y'all!

Zoey's Mommy said...

When I clicked on this I wasn't expecting to cry! But thanks for making my eyes misty.

What great letters and happy birthday to your handsome little men! The pictures are just awesome!

Kaycee said...

Wow Laura, i'm not a crier and that brought tears to my eyes. Beautiful, beautiful post to your sons!! Thanks for letting us read along with you :)

London said...

Okay, I admit it, I got a little teary reading this. I guess I have a soft spot for cute little boys.

You're boys are wonderful, I love seeing pictures of them and hearing stories about them. Kids are only as wonderful as their parents, so it says a lot about you as a mother that your kids are so sweet. Happy Birthday to your big boys!

t + j said...

happy birthday guys!!! that last pic is to die for!

A. said...

So sweet! Happy 3rd birthday, Alex and Nate!

ElizabethE said...

I don't get the $100.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SWEET BOYS!

Beth said...

Happy Happy Birthday Nate and Alex! Your mom has done such an awesome job capturing your personalities. I feel like we've known you all your lives. Love and hugs to you both. We can't wait to meet you one day!

Krissy said...

Happy, Happy Birthday Nate and Alex! Thanks for providing your Mom with such great opportunities to mother you two...I am relying on her wisdom to get me through year two with my kiddo's!

Congratulations on another awesome year, Laura!

Brooke* said...

holy moly laura! i definitely do not get the $100. i am still crying as i'm typing!

i hope that everyone is getting very messy right now and that the weather cooperated for the big party!

happy birthday alex and nate!!!

Becky said...

Precious post! It is unbelievable how fast this time goes. I hope that all goes well with your party!

Oh and MOST importantly Happy Birthday Boys!!!!

HeatherV said...

Speakless! Happy birthday to Nate and Alex. You both are gifts and goodness and light to your family as you grow into the individuals you are quickly :-( becoming.

Thanks for a super, fun messy party and God smiled on you both with NO RAIN!

Lesley said...

Happy Birthday Nate! Happy Birthday Alex! I hope you have a wonderful day!!!

Happy Birthday to you!

Julie said...

Happy Birthday Nate!

Happy Birthday Alex!
Hope you day is as wonderful as you.

Steph said...

I have tears streaming down my face. I love it, and seeing your life with them. You guys are great.I especially love your comments about "boy with blue/brown eyes" Cause my nboys are the same, one with blue, one with brown....What a neat way to single them out. Happy Birthday Guys!

Eva said...

Happy birthday Nate and Alex! I was thinking of your wistfulness about how fast it goes, Laura, because yesterday I had a "date" with J for ice cream, and we sat on a bench downtown and watched all the graduating seniors and their parents walk by. I swear the look in their eyes as they saw us was, "that was me and my child just yesterday!" But you're doing a great job of enjoying the moments and capturing them, too.

Mel said...

Happy birthday to the cutest twin boys I know! What a beautiful tribute! I know that will go into one of your blog books and your boys will love to read that when they are older.

Bert Bell said...

Happy Birthday Alex & Nate! May this next year be filled with lots of giggle, frogs & fun!

Joanna said...

Sniff, sniff. It's so ironic, we spend their birthdays throwing parties for them, but we end up with the best gift of all. Sweet little boys. I've really enjoyed watching your boys become brothers this year. I cannot wait to see what year four will bring. It's going to be evev more amazing than this year. Wow!

Libby said...

Hope the messy party was fabulous fun. I can't wait to see THOSE pics, although the last pic of Nate and Alex in this post was amazing. Did you take that or go somewhere?

Sara Coats said...

So so sweet! Reading that reminds me to savor every moment with my boys. They are only 4 1/2 months old, but the memories of those first few weeks are getting harder to picture. I hope we have as wonderful first three years as you guys did!

And I've got both a blue eyed boy and brown eyed boy too!

Happy Birthday Nate and Alex!

mames said...

happy birthday boys. you have one amazingly awesome mama and some day you will remember to tell her that every day, right? love oyu, girl. you rock it all.

The Francois Family said...

I had to come out of lurkdom to comment on your sweet post! Your boys are adorable and you seem like such great parents! My little guy just turned 3 on the
12th and I can't believe how fast the time has gone either! Happy Birthday!

Amy said...

so sweet. Happy Birthday to your "little" boys and may you continue to enjoy every day!

Mike and Jill said...

Beautiful! I now understand why birthdays are so important to Mom & Dad and you've said it so well!
Hope you guys had a fantastic party!

And yes, it was THE Sippy Cups! I was SO excited because I had never seen them live.
j

Erin said...

Very sweet letters, Laura. My power cord took a dive Friday...so I hadn't seen them till now. I love how you always love them the same, yet different all in one. I think that would be hard to do with twins. But doing it would make them feel very special! And you seem to do it with ease.

Can't wait to see pics of the messy party!

Carrie77 said...

Aww happy birthday to your boys! I love the last picture and how they are laying next to each other! What a perfect pose!

Threeundertwo said...

Happy Birthday boys! What a great mom you have.

Megan said...

What a great post! What beautiful letters and beautiful boys. Congrats to Jon and Laura for another amazing year of parenting. Congrats to the boys for being the loves that they are. Us in the blog world love watching you grow! Happy, happy birthday!

erinlaughs said...

Happy Birthday Alex! Happy Birthday Nate!