Last month Ruben turned 4.
Four feels so big. I have revelled in mama-awe while watching his development curve; every day his language skills and thought processes impress me. It feels as if all this curiosity and zest bounces around inside his little body and just overflows in delightful waves.
Ruben loves concocting stories and games with his toys. Pirates, knights, soldiers, and a random assortment of op-shop finds and hand-me-downs can entertain him for hours of solo play. Dressing up is frequent – he loves masks and usually completes an outfit with his ninja (ugg) boots. He loves playing outside, especially if there is water involved. Highlights of his week include wrestling with his 14 year old half-sibling, whom he adores, and the days he and Adelaide spend with their grandparents.
His reverence for his baby sister is fierce and overwhelms him at times, but oh it’s good hearty love.
Ruben prefers raw vegetables to cooked, and had great difficulty deciding between chocolate cake or carrot cake for his birthday party. His favourite presents are the guinea pigs – named Wombaty and Mi Mi Mi (named after, when queried, “the little baby from Austin Powers”. We have attempted to correct him but to no avail – the name stuck).
Favourite quotes this week:
Whilst saying goodnight.
Ruben: Can you please pass me my water?
Me (from the doorway): I think you can reach it.
Ruben: But mama, please… I came out of your uterus!
(Too cute. I fetched it for him.)
A couple of days later.
Ruben: Adelaide came out of your tummy. Oh no, your uterus. She was born!
Me: You were born the same way.
Ruben: Yes I was.
Me: Do you remember being born?
Ruben: Yes I do. I never want to do that again.
(No clue as to where that came from. Amusing nonetheless.)
I so look forward to the years to come but I am sad for the years past. It’s such a hard thing to sit with; the way your children grow.
Side note: the banner was planned months ago, started at 4pm the night before his birthday and completed by 2am. A handmade touch that will feature in many birthdays to come.