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Neil Today You Are Seven

Neil, today you are seven. As part of our new tradition, I am writing you a birthday letter, just as I did last year and hope to continue doing for many years to come. I write this as you lie in bed, I can hear you making your noises as you try to relax, just as you do every evening. You’ve had a nice day, nothing too exciting. I guess the ‘big day’ doesn’t mean as much to you as such days do to your sister. You weren’t really in the mood for a big celebration, it’s just not your style, but you have enjoyed stuffing your face with cake.

Neil 7

Now that you are seven, you are officially old enough to play Minecraft. How exciting! You’ve already been playing it for 3 years (naughty naughty!), but now it’s official. I joke about this because you are very strict about rules sometimes, and have mentioned on more than one occasion ‘mum, this is pegi 7 and I’m only 6’. Well, now you are old enough pal. Maybe that doesn’t matter so much anymore though, after all, Minecraft doesn’t excite you the way it used to, does it? Your new thing is Mario, and today we’ve had lots of fun playing with the new Mario things you got as gifts.

Looking back on last years letter, it seems some things haven’t changed all that much. I still call you wee man sometimes, and you don’t like it. To me you will always be my wee man though, and as much as I try not to say it, I still let it slip sometimes, and for that I apologise. I’m sure I’ll still be calling you wee man when you are bigger than me though, I just can’t help it!

Speaking of being bigger, you seem to have grown so much in the last year. You are now wearing 9-10 clothing, and you are at least a foot taller than your sister! A funny thing happened this week at school, you came home on Friday wearing the wrong jumper. I’m sure that doesn’t sound very funny, but this jumper was age 4, and you could barely move in it. I can just imagine some small child in your class arriving home in your huge jumper, with the sleeves trailing the ground. We all had a bit of a giggle about it when you got home.

While we are on the subject of giggling, I managed to capture this photo of you today with a bit of smile on your face. We caught it while you were having a giggle about something or other, and it’s my favourite of the day. It’s rare to get a photo of you smiling, you do usually like to play up to the camera and put on a frown or pull a silly face, but after 100 or so shots we finally got this grin!

Neil 7a

And what smile it is. So warm and infectious, your face just lights up. I love the little dimple you have on one cheek too, it melts my heart a bit. I guess I shouldn’t go all soppy on you now, I know how much you hate it. I couldn’t write a birthday letter without going a bit soppy though, so while I’m at it I might as well tell you how proud I am of you. You are a caring, sensitive wee man with the best sense of humour, and despite struggling with a lot of things on a daily basis you always end the day with a smile on your face (usually after telling one of your jokes, I’m sure you will be a comedian when you grow up!).

I’ll end by saying I hope you enjoy being seven, it’s a pretty awesome age! Here’s to many more happy memories, more jokes and a lot of laughter! Love you wee man (sorry!).


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  • Reply Zoe L February 1, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    Happy Birthday. What beautiful photos. 🙂
    They grow so quickly but what a lovely boy he is.

    • Reply Lauren February 5, 2016 at 10:42 pm

      Thank you. They do grow so quickly, I wish I could slow it down!

  • Reply Emma February 1, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    What a lovely idea to write a your son a birthday letter. I’m sure he’ll enjoy looking back on them when he’s older.

    • Reply Lauren February 5, 2016 at 10:41 pm

      I think he might be embarrassed by may soppiness when he’s older!

  • Reply Bear and Cardigan February 1, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    I think this is a fantastic idea and I am certainly going to do this with my grandson. I’ve missed one but I hope to have many more to come. I also love his smile and his dirty face! Happy birthday wee man.

    • Reply Lauren February 5, 2016 at 10:40 pm

      It is a great idea, would be a nice idea to get them printed in to a book when they turn 18 or 21!

  • Reply Emma @sophieellaandme February 1, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    What a beautiful letter and lovely photos. I love the idea of writing a letter for each birthday, I’m sure he will love looking back on them when he’s older! Happy birthday Neil 🙂 x

    • Reply Lauren February 5, 2016 at 10:40 pm

      Thank you. I’m glad I started doing it, only wish I’d started sooner!x

  • Reply Lisa Backsnbumps February 2, 2016 at 10:01 am

    What a lovely idea to write a letter on his birthday each year. Such a handsome boy, glad that he enjoyed his birthday and playing Mario. My boys are still mad on minecraft x

    • Reply Lauren February 5, 2016 at 10:39 pm

      I love the idea, only wish I’d started when they were born but better late than never I guess x

  • Reply Kate+ February 2, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    Aw this is such a lovely idea! Happy birthday to your little man. My 9 year old son is counting down the days until he reaches PEGI12 territory x

    • Reply Lauren February 5, 2016 at 10:36 pm

      Aww, he’s got a few years to wait bless him!x

  • Reply Mrs H February 2, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    Happy birthday, Neil. What a lovely letter. It made me get all teary eyed at times. And I love the story about the jumper. How did he not realise that it was too small? Bless him. Neil sounds like an absolutely lovely little boy and I am sure you will still call him Wee Man even when he has children of his own. Hugs Lucy xxxx

    • Reply Lauren February 5, 2016 at 10:35 pm

      Haha, I know, I don’t understand how he got home without him or someone else noticing it was too small! There was another time when he came home in trousers about 3 times too small too! Thanks lovely x

  • Reply Life as Mum February 4, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    Happy 7th Birthday! Such lovely photos. My eldest will be 7 in December this year! Mad how fast they grow isn’t it.

    • Reply Lauren February 5, 2016 at 10:33 pm

      It’s really scary how fast they grow! Wish they would slow down!

  • Reply Charlotte February 5, 2016 at 11:25 am

    Happy birthday Neil! Hope he had a wonderful day! Lovely photos. x

    • Reply Lauren February 5, 2016 at 10:33 pm

      Thanks, he had a great day!x

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