he is six today. my quinn. my son.
six just sounds so grown up. no more calling you a "little" boy anymore. you are a boy. a kid. a six year old. starting kindergarten in just two weeks. already?!
you have become so independent and self sufficient. gone are the days when you needed me to do everything for you. now you do things all by yourself and leave me wondering when you learned how to do it on your own. and wondering when you stopped needing me so completely. i don't know if i'm ready for all of this change. but you are. and you are just growing and moving right along in life with purpose and energy.
you are so creative these days. you have really discovered you love of drawing and creating. you are always showing us the things you make with your very favorite choice of skinny crayola markers + plain white paper. i bought you the pack of 50 different marker colors and you were so excited. you draw at your new desk (an early birthday present from me + dad) and on your lap desk in the car. you even stay in the car when we get to wherever we are going just so you can finish your drawings. i want you to always keep your creative spirit.
you love ducks. yes, ducks. i have no idea how this started, but it is a passion you developed all on your own. you point out ducks everywhere you see them - on tv and in the real world too. your favorite bedtime stories right now are the ones with ducks. you tell me you like ducks because they are fluffy and so cute. you have a duck umbrella, a duck raincoat and lots of duck stuffed animals. i know this pure and innocent love of ducks will probably not last forever, so i document your love of ducks. and i smile every time you talk about ducks because it reminds me that you are still my little boy in some ways.
even at six, you still sleep with your doggie + blankey every single night. we used to have lots more of these blankets, but you whittled your way down to just these two favorites over the years. and you drag them both into our bed every night when you sneak into our room around 1 am to sleep with us. this is probably not the best habit, but we know you will not do this forever. so we let you crawl in between us and snuggle. (i just hope you are over this by the time your brother wants to do the same thing!)
tate has become your best friend. you call him "tate-tate" and always want to play with him. you still irritate each other and have your share of fights, but it is all part of being a brother. i'm so happy you have each other. you are brothers forever (just like the book we read...)
you love dad too and you are so happy to see him when he gets home from work. you run to show him your latest drawing or ask for his help with something. you love when he reads you star wars books, builds legos with you, goes bowling + golfing and throws you up high in the pool.
as for me, you are still my little quinn. i cannot believe that you have been a part of me for six years now. i always ask you what happened to my baby quinn and you point to your chest and say "he is right inside here". i tell you that i'm going to cry on your birthday. and you laugh. this year you told me that you don't want to eat bananas because they will make you grow too fast and that will make me sad. you still give me hugs and lots of love. and sometimes a random kiss for no reason at all. i love that. and i love being your mom.
right now you love swimming, the ipad, chex mix muddy buddies, angry birds, legos, star wars, ninja turtles, looney tunes cartoons and peppa pig. you are so uniquely you. and i love every bit + piece of who you are.
so welcome to six my quinn quinn. i cannot wait to see what this year holds for you...
i love you, mom
we took these photos two days before quinn turned six...