Growing Up—Four Years

Dear Gideon,

Today you turned four years old. Which kind of seems impossible because I swear it was just the other day that I was in labor with you wondering what motherhood would be like. I can honestly say that thanks to you, motherhood has been fantastic.

DSC01576March 27, 2007—One Hour Old

You are an incredible human and every single day I get to spend with you makes my life more fulfilling. I cannot imagine it any other way. Day after day, month after month, year after year you keep getting more amazing and I am so proud to be able to say that YOU are MY son.

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You are the best thing that has ever happened to me and I love spending my days, afternoons, and nights with you. I feel so blessed that my job permits me to work just two really long days most weeks of the year so I have the other five days to hang out with you.

You are so smart. So handsome—strangers still stop me on a regular basis to tell me how beautiful your red hair is when they see you. You are funny—especially with your new found appreciation for knock knock jokes. And your laugh? Completely infectious.

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As fast as you are growing up you will always be my baby. And you will forever be the one that made me a mother. I hope you always remember that you made me something that nobody else had ever done and nobody else will ever be able to do. You changed who I was to my very core in the most remarkable way. Nothing can ever change that fact and I am so very thankful for that you gave me that opportunity.

DSC01847April 3, 2007—One Week Old

IMG_1415March 24, 2011—Four Years Old

Love and a million kisses,

Mommy

19 comments to Growing Up—Four Years

  • holy crap, he’s the cutest kid.

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    Holly {ArtistMotherTeacher} Reply:

    I know! And I am so madly in love with him. Even when he is being a total shit.

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  • amyfidler

    I love that every photo is an action shot. Can I have some of that energy?

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    Holly {ArtistMotherTeacher} Reply:

    That was all him. I took 20 photos of him with that monkey tonight and pretty much every one of them is him in some sort of action pose. :)

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  • Deb Frederick

    four already it’s hard to believe. Happy Birthday Gideon I hope your day is as special as you are! Awsome note to your son Holly so beautiful.

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    Holly {ArtistMotherTeacher} Reply:

    Thanks Deb. I used to write him a letter every month but sadly got out of the habit last year when depression hit me hard. But I couldn’t let today pass without writing to him. One day I’ll print them all in a book and give them to him when he is old enough to see it as an act of love and not some weirdo thing his lame mom did (i.e. when he is an adult).

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    Amy Driehorst Reply:

    Beautiful post. I love what you said about him being the only one who made you a mother–who was responsible for changing you to your core. How true!

    I’m thinking his first Father’s Day would be an appropriate time for that book. Even when he reaches adulthood, he won’t “get it” until he’s a daddy! :)

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    Holly {ArtistMotherTeacher} Reply:

    I was thinking after he had kids of his own. I hope that he gets to/chooses to experience that joy someday.

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  • Tug

    LOVE this post, Happy Birthday awesome boy!

    Not sure I ever congratulated you on the new one either, but so very happy for you all. <3

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    Holly {ArtistMotherTeacher} Reply:

    Thank you so much on all counts. :)

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  • You have the most amazing young man there. :) I feel as if we all know him, through your wonderful posts and pictures. He is incredible and a true reflection of how awesome you and JQ are as parents. Happy Birthday G-tot! I look forward to more years of your antics, cute funny faces and love.

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    Holly {ArtistMotherTeacher} Reply:

    Thanks. I think he is pretty amazing. I swear my life is more complete with him in it. I really had no idea how much I could love a person until he came along. I’m so very lucky.

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  • naynayfazz

    Aw, Holly… you made me tear up. I guess I am a sap too! Very nice post, as usual. Happy Birthday to your adorable little boy. Much love to you all. <3

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    Holly {ArtistMotherTeacher} Reply:

    Thanks Naynay. Tears all around. ;)

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  • Kym

    Dear Gideon – Happy Birthday! We’ve enjoyed watching you grow up over the internet and seeing the many beautiful pictures your awesome mom has posted. You are such a cutie and I hope you have lots of fun celebrating your birthday with your friends and family who love you so much!
    XOXO
    Kym & Tim
    Kenslee & Colin

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    Holly {ArtistMotherTeacher} Reply:

    Thank you O’Donnell family! This is super sweet of you to leave G-tot a message. :)

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  • Kym

    ps Holly – wow 4 years already?!?! Crazy, I remember following your pregnancy through the blog, and ‘living’ every moment of it with you. Congratulations on such a handsome little man, and so proud of you for being such an inspirational mom. You rock!

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    Holly {ArtistMotherTeacher} Reply:

    Extra thanks for the kind words to me.

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