Wednesday, November 17, 2010

7 things about alexander. because he's turning 7.

november 18th is alexander's birthday.
7 years ago today i went into labor.
i've been wishing james was here all day (as i do everyday) so we could talk about the day before zan was born when i went into the hospital and the day after, when he was actually born.
i made this birthday banner today.
i put it up so that when zan gets up in the morning he will see it.
it's the first crafty thing i have done in forever.
because he is turning 7, i'm doing 7 things about alexander:
1) i call him zan. only family and very close friends are allowed to call him that.
2) at school so far he has gone by alexander. he is deciding, however, whether he wants to change that to xander.
3) that kid has a wicked adorable evil little laugh!
4) he misses his dad and talks about him often. last night he said, "am i a miniature version of dad?" my answer? yes. you absolutely are.
5) he loves swords (of the nerf variety of course) and is obsessed with playing his DSI.
6) 90% of the time he is mellow. very, very mellow. the other 10%? watch the fuck out. the other 10% is when he is pissed off. and it ain't pretty. takes a lot to get him to that point, but when it's all out.
7) the kid has a unique sense of style. he doesn't care if his clothes match. he loves his 'eskimo' hat and wears it often. he digs having long hair and stands up for himself when people in the store, or other various places, mistake him for a girl. he sternly tells them (and it cracks me up when he does it), "i'm a boy!!!!" picture him glaring at you while he says it with his adorable little boy face.
i should do more than 7 things about alexander.
7 just isn't enough.
i should mention how he loves broccoli and brussel sprouts.
he likes sour candy more than chocolate (definitely gets that from james)!
he loves, like loves loves loves to make (author and illustrate) comic books.
and then sell them to me.
sometimes he seems so much older than he is.
but then when i tuck him in, and he HAS to have blue blankie and gallobs (a stuffed puppy HE named), i remember that he's still little. very, very little.
happy birthday alexander harrison danger reed.
i love you.


Marieke said...

That's it. For me you are now officially the best mum in the world. The love and admiration for your boy I 'hear in your voice' has sealed it for me. And that banner! Kimberly you are a sensation. You pushed through the grief for your son. That takes guts. And a whole lot of love.
Happy birthday Alexander! (and hope you feel better soon so you can party properly)

QuirkyGirl said...

There you are. I read you in this. I see you in Alexander. (even though I only hear you call him Zan it doesn't seem right to call him so...ya know)

I know the mom thing wears you out...that's generalized all mom's you...but this is more of a joy for you than not I think. It's hard work, but this has been a saving grace. I'm grateful for them for you and for you in them and James who I did not get to know I get to hear reflected in your stories.

Thanks for the peek into that part you keep so guarded. It's a privilege.

Laura Fiore said...

Happy Birthday to your sweet boy...I love him already because the things you tell about him remind me of my nicolas when he was younger. Except for the drawing and coloring part...he cried if you even put a crayon in his hand. But he could and can tell stories all day long as long as he doesn't have to write them down.
I love how much you love your shines through you too, you know!

I love your crafty banner...amazing, my friend!

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Leah said...

I love your birthday banner! you still have that amazing craft in you! happy belated birthday alexander! we love you guys!

Anonymous said...

That banner is seriously awesome! I want one!! (but I want it up every day)

You are an awesome Mom - I love this post! Happy Birthday to your little man!