The day started this morning very much like how it started 4 years ago: I rolled over in bed to find my youngest son Dodge curled up asleep on my wife’s chest. Today is his birthday and he still smells new. The day Dodge was born I swaddled him up, took him to Kate, and we showered him with kisses in the delivery room. Later, I laid down with him on a couch and we napped together while Kate recuperated. This morning, we laid in bed together as Kate finished getting ready for work and I marveled at how much he had grown…seemingly overnight.
Dodge has been and still is a kid who knows what he wants and will do what it takes to get it. He’s stubborn like that. He knows he’s cute and he bats his eyelashes, uses his baby voice, and nuzzles you to get candy and cuddles. Sweets rule as his favorite but grapes and peas are a close second. He is genuinely cuddly. Seriously, I have never met a kid that likes to cuddle as much as Dodge. He loves music…I mean LOVES music. He begs to have the radio turned up in the car, loves music class with my mom, and plays on his many pianos during playtime. He also sings, still very quietly, but there’s an entertainer blossoming in him. He loves to dance…in fact he invented a thing called “hand-dances” for when he’s in the car or doesn’t have enough room to jump around. He has freckles on his face that make him look like he’s always smiling…but then again, he’s always smiling or making a silly face. He toots a lot. Sometimes he just toots a few times in a row when he walking…constant supply of gas back there which Kate says is proof he’s my son. He’s caring, you can see he cares for others around him and plays very well with his friends and family. He gives AMAZING back rubs! He does this thing where he kneels on your back and scooches back and forth using his weight for leverage. It’s amazing. He has block feet like mine, eyes that light up a room, a voice as sweet as honey, hair that tickles his forehead, and is so full of love it might kill you from sweetness. Last year he asked on the way to a wedding if there would be love. Kate and I told him yes and he replied, “Oh good…I LOVE love.” He loves love. What more could you want in life?
As I finished getting ready for work this morning he stood at the bottom of the stairs with a box of cookies in his arms to take to his class. He called up to me, “Dada, I’m going to go sit down on the couch next to the cookies.” I said “okay” and didn’t realize what he meant. He meant that he wanted to gently place the cookies down and make sure they were comfy and then sit next to them like a friend. When I came downstairs and saw him talking to the box of cookies, hugging them, and tickling them I almost cried with delight. He then said, “I’m going to carry the cookies so they don’t get scared and they can sit next to me in the car.” I agreed. He talked to the cookies the whole drive to school and even sang to them as we listened to one of his favorite songs on the radio. He carefully carried them inside to his class. Then, one of his classmates came running up to him and took the box. He got visibly upset and I thought for sure he was going to cry…but instead he went over to this little girl and said, “Shhhhh…the cookies are sleeping.” She handed them back to him and he carefully placed them on the table where I can only assume they were devoured moments later.
Tonight we will have a dance party because that’s what Dodge wants to do. He doesn’t want to go bowling, or go to an arcade, or do anything like that…he just wants to dance with good music. He didn’t ask for anything gift-wise other than love and a cake. He is like no other kid I have ever met…
…and I’m so glad he’s mine. Happy birthday D-Man. Boom-boom.
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