Today you are five. FIVE. five? I know... when did you get so big? This has been a big birthday for you. You could not wait for this day to come. You birthday is one of the last amongst your little friends and it has been hard. Just last month as we were getting ready for another birthday party, you put your hands on your hips and said "this is it, I'm done. I'm not going to anymore birthday parties until I am 5!" Thankfully we weren't invited to anymore, because I am pretty sure you would've stood by your word.
In the past five years it is amazing how big you have gotten and how fast that has happened. I know it is cliche' but it passed in the blink of an eye. I still remember five years ago, being wheeled to my room in the hospital after coming out of recovery. It was about 3am and the nurse was going over a few things. I had been awake for 21 hours at this point, 17 of those hours in labor and had just undergoing a major abdominal surgery to meet you. After her five minute spiel she looked at me and asked "Any questions?" I remember looking back at her in my exhaustion and simply asking "Can you repeat all that to my husband when he gets here?" and then asking "Are you just going to leave this baby in here with me?" Becoming your mom was surreal, like no other thing in the world. I had no clue how awesome it would be, how amazing. You changed me.