Today you are 5 years old. That’s a momentous birthday- you are a whole hand. I remember, vividly, when I held you for the first time in the hospital. You were this little tiny baby, tiny button nose, and the sweetest fingers there ever were. You held my heart with those tiny fingers and I have watched with awe as you have grown through stages and years. Now, you are a little boy who knows not only how to run and jump and play, but you know how to be kind and curious. You are smart and, let’s face it, just a little bit devious…but that’s ok…maybe you got it from me.
You, Hudson, were the first grandchild born into our family. You were the first truly awesome thing to happen after a slew of not-so-awesome moments. I have watched you grow and I have loved you as only an aunt could- with wild abandon, in an ice cream at 8am kind of way. Being an aunt, you see, is so very amazing. Unlike being a mother, it allows for a little more wiggle room. I love the wiggle room. And I do so love ice cream at 8am (don’t tell your cousins!).
I was standing in the backyard of our house in North Carolina when your father told me I would be an aunt very soon. Then, I was working out at the gym, when your mother called to tell me… “he’s coming!” When I got off the plane, got to the hospital and held you in my arms, I knew, without a doubt, that being an aunt to your sweet face was for me. I have since had children of my own, and they are amazing in ways I struggle to fully explain, but you, my sweet boy, hold a special place in my heart.
You were with me when I married your uncle. You reminded me of how special The Polar Express can be. You sang You Are My Sunshine to my first baby when she was only weeks old and rocked her in her stroller. You have been along for my ride as I have been along for yours. I’m looking forward to all the twists and turns that are to come. I’m looking forward to ordinary days splashing in puddles and family vacations and momentous birthdays. And I’m so looking forward to a belated birthday hug the next time I see you.
I love you, Hudson. Happy Birthday.