Ravi! You are 5 years old today!

Hi Ravi,

Today you are five years old! Congratulations on turning into a little boy. You have come very far in a very few short years. Your Mommy and Daddy are very proud of you. As always, we just want you to remember what you did when you were just a little five year old.

You’re still heavily into Transformers. You just saw the preview for the new Transformers and, while you would normally be scared of potentially violen scenes, you actually watched it all the way through and told us both how you wanted to see that movie. You still love Optimus Prime and now spend tons of time creating ‘picture’ books of your favorite Transformers. Your grandpa got you a Metroplex and we got you a Devastator for Christmas and this year your grandpa got you a power-up Optimus Prime and Omega Supreme for your birthday! We even gave all of  your classmates a Kre0 Micro-changer Transformer in their goodie bag for your birthday party.

You still love Legos! We see you spend tons of time each night playing with your Legos. It is wonderful to see that building spirit and drive manifest in you and we also love to see the ‘cool’ design concepts you keep coming up for a Lego Optimus Prime. We went and saw the Lego movie a while back, and let me remind you, it was awesome!!  True to the movie, your Daddy follows the rules every day and drinks his daily cup of overpriced coffee. We all loved the Lego movie and we were so happy to see  you actually sit through nearly the entire movie. (You still wanted to leave after an hour, but I was able to convince you to stick it out.) We can’t wait for you to join the Lego league next year, and don’t worry, Daddy won’t butt in and join with you. You can do this all by yourself if that’s what you want.

You have taken to calling Daddy a bad daddy all the time. While it breaks my heart every time I hear you say this, I just want you to know that I still love you very much. I tell your Mom all the time about how I love your hobbies and am so nervous about whether you’ll love the same hobbies that your Daddy does. I just want you to know that even if you don’t love the hobbies that I do, I will always encourage you in your interests. Your Daddy just wants to be the ‘wind beneath your wings’. I don’t want to force you to be like me or to mold you into what I or anyone expects you to be… I just want you to be comfortable and confident being Ravi. And remember, I still and always will love you!

You are much more independent than you were even a year ago. I can watch you play by yourself for hours only occasionally yelling at Mommy and Daddy for the juice you want right now! That is a big improvement over last year. You still are afraid of being alone, but I believe that you are a lot braver than you’ve ever been before. And always remember you’re growing taller, stronger, and older (just like Will.I.am says)!

My dear Ravi, mommy wants to remind you that you have always been and will be the most amazing thing in my life.  You taught me to love bigger and braver.  While I never thought it could be possible, my love for you and your brother grows each day, and it’s so enormous that it would blow your mind!   You have such a sparkle in you, such creativity!  Your little hands are capable of drawing and building so many mind boggling contraptions!  Last night when we lay in bed, you told me about the planets in our solar system, saturn has rings, pluto is no longer considered a planet… When did you learn all this stuff? Why are you growing so fast that mommy can no longer keep up?  If I can ask anything of you, please always be my boy, when you are five, fifteen, or fifty.  Mommy wants nothing more than to have the privilege of being a part of your life.


Daddy and Mommy


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