Friday, May 22, 2009

happy birthday, baby

My beloved firstborn fruit of my loins turns 10 today. Double digits. One decade. He's a young man of simple tastes (Chinese food, Goosebumps books, The Wizards of Waverly Place, and Boy Scouting). He's trustworthy, loyal, moody, funny and creative. He's kind to his brothers, full of great questions and too often thinks he knows everything. Mr. T loves to spend money and is easily swayed by promises made on TV commercials. He's stubborn, emotional, and passionate. He's a 1st degree black belt in karate and has earned 14 of his Webelo Scout pins. He wants to be a chef when he grows up and run his own restaurant. He told me yesterday that when he's in high school he'll have to get a job, when I asked him why he said so that he can afford to build a house after he graduates. Adult burdens weigh heavily on his mind.

He's the kid who has broken our hearts the most--but we're correctly medicating his seizures and when teachers follow his 504 plan he gets B's and C's in school. He eats with the same group of 7 kids every day at lunch and has had more play dates this year, calming our fears about his social life. He memorizes song lyrics like a champ, but will have to figure out 7X7 every time he sees it on a math sheet. Mr. T synthesizes and evaluates big picture information like a genius, but his spelling and handwriting are deplorable. Dyslexia has rendered his brain's processing a mystery, but his facial expressions make him an open book. He adores art. He reveres his father. He can't wait to go to camp this summer and have adventures.

Classically firstborn in temperament, Mr. T is the apple of my eye.

34 comments:

  1. Happy birthday Mr. T! I hope you have the best summer ever!

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  2. What a love--and I mean both the boy and his mommy!

    Since he wants to open a restaurant, does that mean you get to eat free the rest of your life?

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  3. Happy birthday to a beautiful boy!

    ...off to look up classic first-born temperaments, cuz I is one, too.

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  4. Just watch...that kid will blow you away with how wonderful he is as an adult.

    Happy B-Day Mr. T!!! You give your parents more happiness than you will ever know!

    And my oldest has an identical grill...I love big front teeth!

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  5. He's beautiful.

    I love that last pic. The open-book face tells us just how much he's poised to savor the sweet goodness of being ten years old!

    Happy Birthday!

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  6. Happy Birthday Mr T!
    Double Digits is exciting. Have a happy day and a great year!

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  7. And he is a super genius. People with dyslexia have very high IQs. I should know. ;)
    What a wonderful boy. And what a wonderful birthday post.
    Happy 10th birthday, Mr. T!

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  8. Good job!! 10 years ~ whoa!!
    * : )
    If that chef/restaurant thing doesn't work out, he can always be a model...such an expressive face! I love that second picture with the apple....

    & never worry...there is a welcome place in the world for his flavor of intelligence! It sounds like he's got a good heart...

    Y'all have an AWESOME weekend!!

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  9. What a beautiful tribute...Happy Birthday Neighbor! I hope the day is as fun as you are!

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  10. Happy happy happy birthday Mr. T!!!

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  11. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend celebrating your son. 10 is such a magical birthday (at least it was for me)... There's something very grown up about it.

    On a side note, today is my husband's and my 10th wedding anniversary. So, while we were elegantly saying our vows, you were...

    ... well, maybe we shouldn't go there.

    ;)

    Have a terrific weekend with your firstborn. They do steal our hearts, don't they?

    - Julia

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  12. Happy Birthday to your baby!

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  13. Yay! Happy Birthday to Mr. T! A black belt in Karate by Age 10 - that's AWESOME! Did he have to register his hands as lethal weapons?? ;)

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  14. Happy Birthday, you sweet boy!

    I LOVE the space in his teeth! Chas had the same thing, you coulda fit a whole 'nother tooth in there... until his other big teeth came in and pushed everything together. Chas is the same with song lyrics and times tables too, so imagine my joy when I found a Ladybird cassette with times tables songs! It really helped, we listened on the way to school every morning. Have a great Summer Birthday Mr. Ten!

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  15. A big Happy 10th Birthday to you, Mr. T!!!!

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  16. He certainly seems to be quite the doll!

    Happy birthday, Mr. T!!!

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  17. Happy Birthday Mr. T.They grow up so fast. Z & G turn eight today too.

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  18. He's adorable! I have one who believes everything spouted off in a TV commercial too! ;) Happy Birthday to him!

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  19. He's such a cutie pie. Happy b-day to him!

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  20. Happy Birthday to the big guy! They grow so fast, don't they?

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  21. Happy Birthday! First-born is great, really. Not that I'm biased.

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  22. Happy Birthday to both of you!

    He is the picture of an All-American boy--and I'm a sucker for those kids.

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  23. He's gorgeous! Happy Birthday, Mr. T!

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  24. Celebratory wishes for you and your mister. Double digits. Woo-Hoo!

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  25. Happy Tenth Mr T! Can you believe it's ten years since he was born!

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  26. That was the sweetest love letter to a child I've ever read.

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  27. Sorry I'm late...but happy birthday Mr.T!!!!!!!

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