Six years ago today, during halftime of the NFC championship game (yes, I was watching), this little guy came into our lives.
Our firstborn. Trenton Brantley.
He fills our hearts with joy. And sometimes our heads with aches.
I have seen so much growth in Trenton in the past few months. We had some trouble both last year in school and at the beginning of this school year with Trenton being a follower and making bad decisions because he wanted to do something a “friend” wanted him to do. Or doing something that Trenton thought would make a “friend” laugh.
But I have seen a lot of changes in Trenton lately. He hasn’t moved down on the behavior chart in school since a few weeks before Christmas, and he is more confident that he can stay on green or move up on the chart. He is fighting a lot less with Charlotte at home. He is being more considerate and compassionate.
He is growing up.
In some ways it makes me sad because he’s not my little boy any more. But in other ways it warms my heart to know that he is growing into a nice, thoughtful, respectful kid.
He tells me that he still has leftover “Christmas Magic” to give out and he likes making people happy. He tells me that Fr. Wayne said that everyone should try to be a saint. He tells me that he’s going to be a Cub Scout soon, and Cub Scouts are really nice. Oh, and he also tells me that he’s going to have First Reconciliation (confession for you non-Catholics out there) in a few years, and he doesn’t want to have “too much stuff to tell Father.”
I love this kid so much. I love that he hums when he’s happy (even though sometimes it really gets on my nerves because I. just. want. quiet.). I love that he wakes up on the right side of the bed every morning. I love listening to him read (he can read – how COOL is that?!?!). I love when he finds something new to become interested in – the Revolutionary War, the Titanic, sharks, volcanoes, etc. I love when he randomly makes me “gifts” – even though he uses up all of my paper, tape, and staples. I love seeing his little mind work when he comes up with his own LEGO creations, science experiments (we’ve froze a lot of stuff on the deck this winter!), songs, and jokes (knock knock jokes are a riot at this age!).
Trenton amazes me every day. He is the little person that made me a mom. I love him to the moon and back, and even though he’s growing up, he’ll always be my baby.
And now for the yearly birthday questionnaire. It’s fun looking back at past years versions. Now that Trenton is getting older, his answers aren’t changing as much.
What is your favorite color? Orange
What is your favorite toy? LEGOS
What is your favorite fruit? Watermelon
What is your favorite vegetable? Peppers
What is your favorite TV Show? Wild Kratts
What is your favorite movie? Star Wars
What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Peanut Butter Crackers
What is your favorite outfit? Shark shirt and sweatpants
What is your favorite game? Checkers
What is your favorite snack? Cheddar Bunnies
What is your favorite animal? Dog
What is your favorite book? Magic Tree House books
What is your favorite cereal? Oatmeal Squares
What is your favorite thing to do outside? Playing with Nerf guns
What is your favorite drink? Lemonade
What is your favorite holiday? Halloween
What is your favorite thing about school? Moving up on the behavior chart
What do you like to take to bed with you at night? The Scooby-Do blanket Nana made me
What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Pancakes
What do you want to eat for dinner on your birthday? Pizza
What do you want to be when you grow up? in the Navy