You made it!!! We’ve been counting down sleeps until your fourth birthday, and now it’s zero sleeps! Even though you promised you didn’t mind staying three just for me, I know that your heart is set on four. It’s okay — you make four look so good, I couldn’t possibly deny you!
Three was a really fun year. You have continually proven that you can handle any new adventure! Swimming? No problem. Baseball? Yep. Hunting? Got your first duck. Gathering? Went about the neighborhood as a triceratops and pillaged strangers’ houses for candy. Building? Check out Dad’s bee boxes. Math? Totally zipped through all your preschool workbooks like they were kids’ stuff. Is there anything you can’t do?
One of the most fun things about this year has been watching you grow as a big brother. You loved Dillon from the moment you saw him, and you’ve always been great with him, but this year he turned into a toddler! That’s a wholly new enterprise, but you have just been so helpful! If he cries, you problem solve. If he laughs, you join the fun. If he is getting into trouble, you either help him to stop or come get me. I am so proud of how you have taken on such an important responsibility all on your own, and I love that I can trust you to look out for your baby brother.
That is just one look into your happy and helpful spirit; you truly have a heart five sizes too big! You light up our home and bring so much laughter and joy. You’re always ready with a joke, a tickle, or a helping hand. My day — my life — is better with you in it, and I’m so thankful for your silly, crazy self! Happy birthday, Lukie Pooks!