For Lewis on your 13th Birthday

Lewis,

How is it even possible that I am sat here, writing this letter to you on your thirteenth birthday, when it feels like no time at all has passed since you came into the world, stole my heart, and made me a Mummy. Without sounding like a broken record, where has that time gone? How did my baby boy grow into such a handsome young man, all in the blink of an eye? And yet here you are, thirteen, a teenager, and without a doubt the best thing to ever happen to me.

Lately I have found myself looking at you and doing a double take when I realise that you are no longer a little boy. I reach out to hold your hand and feel stunned to discover that mine no longer envelops yours, or I catch sight of your growing feet and wonder where those tiny baby feet went, those scrumptious little toes that I had counted in complete and utter awe. I see you from a distance and swallow a lump in my throat at, not only how big you have grown but, how utterly handsome you have become. And I ask myself, time and time again, what did I ever do to deserve you?

I often wonder why you are so special to me, just as your siblings are in their own individual ways. I wonder whether it’s because you are the eldest, the first little one to make me a Mummy, whether it’s because for such a long time, after your Dad and I divorced, it was just you and I, or whether it’s because you are the reason why I am here today and why I survived some of the hardest times of my life. And I think the truth is, it’s all of those reasons, and a million more besides, some of which I will never find the words to explain. Because we have been through so much together over the last thirteen years, far more than any child your age should have experienced, and yet in the words of someone far wiser than I,

“And in the middle of my chaos, there was you.”

I haven’t always been the best Mum to you but I have always been the best Mum that I can be at any given time, and I hope that was enough. From day one you made being your Mummy so easy and, even when I struggled in the years that followed, you dragged me out of bed each morning, made me see the world through your eyes and reminded me why there are so many reasons to carry on, to put one foot infront of the other, and to believe that one day, everything will be exactly as it should be. On far too many occasions you dried my tears, snuggled up beside me, held my hand and gave me the strength that I was lacking. Even now, you still do.

As a baby you were so easy, a toddler you were a dream, and with every year that passed, despite everyone telling me that a difficult stage would come, you continued to be the easiest child. You have always been so affectionate and loving, so intuitive and kind, and you had us in stitches every day without fail, laughing until our sides hurt. And despite the many mistakes that your Dad and I made together over the years, you were, and always will be, the one thing that we got right.

Last year when you turned twelve, everyone warned me, “Make the most of this year, when he reaches his teens you won’t know what’s hit you!” And when I told them that I didn’t believe that for one minute, that you had been so easy and so lovely your whole life, they had rolled their eyes, laughed, and told me, “We’ll see!”.

And so I waited, with baited breath, wondering at what point my lovely, kind hearted boy would start to develop an attitude problem, slamming doors and muttering under your breath, refusing to spend time with us and holing yourself away in your bedroom. And yet here we are, a fully fledged teenager, and I can genuinely say, hand on my heart, you are still every bit as lovely as you have ever been.

You’re not perfect, you and I both know that, and there are times when you drive me crazy, and probably vice versa! When I see the state of your bedroom just hours after I’ve tidied it or when we lock horns over your Maths homework on a Sunday night, when you refuse to back down in an argument or insist on having the last word, you certainly know how to press my buttons! And yet if that’s the worst we can expect from you, and all I really have to complain about, I consider myself very lucky!

At parents evening last month, your teacher described you as a “lovable rogue”, and that really made me laugh. Because it’s true, no doubt about it, as although you may be cheeky or talk back every now and then, you do it with such a twinkle in your eye and the most handsome smile on your face, that most of the time it’s impossible to be cross at you!

Academically you are doing so well and yet you still have no idea just how clever you are or how much you are capable of achieving. School work has always come naturally to you (you definitely got your Mums brains!) but your biggest love, and something you are exceptionally good at, is sport. There is no sport you cannot do, no game you cannot play, nothing too tough or too scary; you are brave, bold and entirely fearless.

Last week you returned from nine days skiing in Italy, having never skied a day in your life, and yet you mastered it, almost instantly, skiing down 3000 feet black runs that would have challenged even the most experienced of skiers. I saw such a huge change in you when you returned, just as I knew I would, a new found self belief, an inner confidence, independence, ambition and, most of all, the realisation that there is nothing in this world you cannot do.

As a teenager, you have so many lessons to learn over the next few years – learning about yourself, and who you are, the importance of true friendships and family, about love and heartbreak, and experiencing so many new and exciting adventures. I’m sure that you will make mistakes, I know I did, but I hope you know that I will always be here to pick you back up, dust you off, and send you back out into the world to make a thousand more. We all did it, we all do, and although I would love to sit here and tell you how to live your life, I think it’s important that, in some respects, you figure it out for yourself. And I have every belief that you will make us proud, in just the same way you always have.

You have been the centre of my whole world for thirteen long years, and even when Gaz came along, closely followed by your siblings, and you no longer had my undivided attention, you welcomed the family that you had always dreamed of. Nothing makes me happier than seeing the four of you together, the bonds you have made and the moments that you share, and you are every bit the big brother I knew you would be, and all five of your siblings are very lucky to have you.

I could sit here all day and sing your praises but I know that you find it super embarrassing, so I will simply say thank you. For being so wonderful, so sweet and kind hearted, for being the best big brother, the best son and for giving me the best thirteen years of my whole life, thank you.

Happy 13th Birthday Lewis,

Love you all the stars in the sky.

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113 Comments

  1. April 16, 2017 / 12:16 pm

    Aww such a sweet post! Kids sure do grow up fast dont they? My boy will be 1 next month, i cant believe it x #KCACOLS

    • Laura Dove
      April 17, 2017 / 3:13 pm

      Thank you. Awww first birthdays are always emotional, my baby will be three next month and I feel as though I am grieving for the baby years! xx

  2. April 16, 2017 / 4:44 pm

    Aw, gorgeous boy, hope he has a wonderful birthday. Boys are definitely the most cuddly loving beings x #KCACOLS

    • Laura Dove
      April 17, 2017 / 3:09 pm

      Thank you. I completely agree, I hope he never grows out of wanting a cuddle off his Mum! xx

    • Laura Dove
      April 17, 2017 / 3:09 pm

      Thank you. I completely agree, I hope he never grows out of wanting a cuddle off his Mum! xx

  3. April 16, 2017 / 6:59 pm

    What a wonderful tribute to your handsome son. Happy birthday Lewis. #KCACOLS

    Nadia xx

    • Laura Dove
      April 17, 2017 / 3:07 pm

      Thank you Nadia, he’s the best! xx

  4. April 16, 2017 / 7:22 pm

    All FIVE of your siblings? Is there’s something you’re not telling us, Laura?

  5. Jane Taylor Maflingo
    April 17, 2017 / 8:17 am

    What a lovely, lovely post, Laura. It made my heart swell. What a blessing he is to you and you to him! Wonderful photos too! 🙂

    • Laura Dove
      April 17, 2017 / 3:01 pm

      Thank you so much Jane. He is a complete blessing, I feel incredibly lucky to be his Mum. xxx

  6. April 17, 2017 / 12:09 pm

    He looks just like you! Looking forward to reading your posts now you have a teenager on your hands! #postsfromtheheart

    • Laura Dove
      April 17, 2017 / 3:00 pm

      Haha I know, it’s crazy! I’m hoping we have an easy ride….watch this space! xx

  7. April 17, 2017 / 12:13 pm

    What an awesome heartfelt letter to your eldest. Made me a little teary #KCACOLS

    • Laura Dove
      April 17, 2017 / 3:00 pm

      Ahh thank you Dani. I am so emotional that my baby has grown up so fast! xx

  8. April 17, 2017 / 1:59 pm

    What a handsome chap! He sounds like he helped you a lot through the difficult times as well. What a super star and a lovely letter to your oldest x

    • Laura Dove
      April 17, 2017 / 2:59 pm

      He really has, I’m so grateful that we’ve had eachother! xx

  9. April 17, 2017 / 2:36 pm

    Awww what an incrediblely beautiful letter and I am sure your son will love it as much if not more than those of us on the outside.

    • Laura Dove
      April 17, 2017 / 2:59 pm

      Thank you so much. He’s such a special boy, I’ve been incredibly lucky. xxx

  10. April 17, 2017 / 5:00 pm

    Happy 13th Birthday Lewis so pleased to hear that you are a polite and charming boy. You really have a beautiful family I have to say.

    • Laura Dove
      April 17, 2017 / 5:59 pm

      Ahh thank you Ana, he is such a gorgeous boy, inside and out. xx

  11. April 17, 2017 / 6:12 pm

    Lovely post! I have three teenagers and another turning thirteen this year. The teens are not always hard, my eldest has always been a sweet boy and never given me trouble, the hardest thing is letting them have their independence and sitting up all hours of the night worrying while they are at parties but you probably still have a few years before dealing with that! #globalblogging

    • Laura Dove
      April 18, 2017 / 3:51 pm

      Oh that is definitely something I am worrying about! He went on a ski holiday with school this month for 9 days and I was an absolute wreck! I was so worried the whole time until he was back here and safe! It’s very hard to give them their independence but its important that we do. xx

  12. April 17, 2017 / 9:16 pm

    Another beautiful post!! Happy Birthday gorgeous boy! #postsfromtheheart

    • Laura Dove
      April 18, 2017 / 3:49 pm

      Thank you so much Ruth. xx

  13. April 17, 2017 / 11:39 pm

    He is your twin! Thanks for linking up to #globalblogging

    • Laura Dove
      April 18, 2017 / 3:48 pm

      Hehe he really is, and the only one of the five who is like me! Thank you for hosting. xx

  14. April 18, 2017 / 7:28 am

    Happy Birthday to him, hope he has a lovely day. Good luck with the teenage years and trying to tell him off when he towers over you 😉

    • Laura Dove
      April 18, 2017 / 3:47 pm

      Thank you Kara! haha I know! His Dad is 6″4 so I’m sure it wont be long! xx

  15. April 18, 2017 / 7:30 am

    Oh my goodnesss, ALL THE FEELS reading that. What a lucky boy HE is to have such an eloquent and thoughtful Mum to write so beautifully and from the heart. I hope you had a lovely birthday Lewis and I hope you continue to prove all those people wrong and continue to be so kind, thoughtful and loving through the difficult years ahead. And Laura, you just don’t age, do you?! You look every bit as gorgeous and fresh as when he was tiny. You’ve raised a lovely young man here! I hope I can say the same about myself in twelve years time.

    • Laura Dove
      April 18, 2017 / 3:47 pm

      Ahh Holly, bless you, thank you so much for such a lovely comment. I often feel that Lewis is left out of my blog in a lot of ways, he isn’t keen to be on photo’s in the same way that the youngest three are and I respect his privacy in what I write and share about him on here. It was lovely to be able to share what a special young man he has grown into though, and I am positive that in twelve years time you will be sharing just the same. By then I’ll have a twenty five year old and may well be writing about my grandchildren!! Agghhh!! xx

  16. April 18, 2017 / 7:38 am

    Awwww how lovely and what a perfect young man he is turning into, you must be so proud. My eldest is about to turn 7 and he seems so grown up, I can’t imagine how I’ll feel when facing his teens!

    • Laura Dove
      April 18, 2017 / 3:45 pm

      Thank you so much, he’s such a lovely boy inside and out. It feels like only two minutes ago that Lewis was seven! Before I now it he will be seventeen! xx

  17. April 18, 2017 / 7:59 am

    This is just so incredibly lovely, and quite familiar to me as you seem to share a similar relationship as I do with my eldest. He’s almost 17 and has been a total delight. Had I not had others I’d have thought parenting was a walk in the park…
    Really enjoying reading your blog, in danger of becoming a bit of a fan girl!

    • Laura Dove
      April 18, 2017 / 3:43 pm

      Ahh thank you so much! I think there will always be something very special about the first born, I never really understood it until I had more children, but there is only ever one that makes you a Mummy. And I totally agree, my youngest three have more than made up for Lewis being such an easy child!! Thank you so much for a lovely comment. xxx

  18. Nige
    April 18, 2017 / 8:12 am

    Happy birthday Lewis 13 what a great age and what a beautiful post Laura I love seeing my children together sibling bond is so very special #dreamteam

    • Laura Dove
      April 18, 2017 / 3:42 pm

      Thank you Nige. I’m so hoping that the teenage years are as easy as the last 13 have been with him. He’s a sensible boy, I’m hoping he stays that way! xx

  19. April 18, 2017 / 9:40 am

    Happy thirteenth Birthday Lewis. He has grown into a little man. I know what you mean time really does seem to fly. My eldest will be 9 this year, not sure how that happened.

    • Laura Dove
      April 18, 2017 / 3:42 pm

      Thank you Melanie. It’s like we blink and miss it! My baby is three next month and I genuinely still see him as a newborn!! xx

  20. April 18, 2017 / 1:49 pm

    Aww! What a beautiful post.
    Happy birthday to your boy x
    #TwinklyTuesday

    • Laura Dove
      April 18, 2017 / 3:41 pm

      Thank you Kim, he has such a lovely day. xx

  21. April 18, 2017 / 2:24 pm

    Happy mamaversary to you! What a handsome son you have. Your love for him brimmed over every word. #globalblogging

    • Laura Dove
      April 18, 2017 / 3:40 pm

      Thank you Katy. He’s an absolute blessing to us, we have been so lucky with him! xx

  22. April 18, 2017 / 3:09 pm

    A beautiful post! There’s certainly something special about the one who makes us mummies! #TwinklyTuesday x

    • Laura Dove
      April 18, 2017 / 3:39 pm

      Thank you Jemma, there really is! xx

  23. April 18, 2017 / 5:40 pm

    Aww so gorgeous. What a lovely post and what a lovely son you have. I bet you are SO proud. Happy Birthday Lewis xx #TwinklyTuesday

    • Laura Dove
      April 19, 2017 / 12:41 pm

      I really am Susie, thank you so much. xx

  24. April 18, 2017 / 6:41 pm

    Happy Birthday Lewis I am sure you and your mum share all the best bits #mg

    • Laura Dove
      April 19, 2017 / 12:41 pm

      Thank you Helena. We have had an amazing 13 years so far. xx

  25. April 18, 2017 / 8:39 pm

    That is just beautiful, and Happy Birthday to him. He is such a handsome boy. My son is 13 in July and I am excited and nervous about what is to come.

    • Laura Dove
      April 19, 2017 / 12:39 pm

      Thank you so much Stephanie, he’s the best! Ahh I hope that the teenage years are kind to you too!! xx

  26. April 19, 2017 / 1:30 am

    Happy Birthday!!!! He sounds like such an amazing boy, maybe we should arrange his and Aspen’s marriage lol. Well done with the skiing too that is awesome! This post had me wanting to cry as I sat here reading I kept thinking of how in less than a month my first born miracle Aspen will be 13. I hear the warnings too, but so far she is still as beautiful and kind as ever, and still loves hugging me which is so nice. It really goes so fast. I love his baby pic, still has those big beautiful eyes. Beautiful post xx

    • Laura Dove
      April 19, 2017 / 12:34 pm

      Aww thank you Mac. An arranged marriage would be wonderful, ha! Can you imagine what beautiful children they would have? Thirteen seems so momentous, definitely no longer a child and yet still nowhere near an adult. It’s very hard to let them grow up, but it’s an honour to watch it happen. I’m sure that 13 will be kind to Lewis and Aspen, here’s hoping! xxx

  27. April 19, 2017 / 7:53 am

    Beautiful heart felt words to your most fabulous son. I’ve dealt with the 13th birthday four times now, and each time it was that realisation of time. Each time I felt as you have described. Wonderful to share your feelings, and I do hope Lewis has had a most fantastic birthday.

    • Laura Dove
      April 19, 2017 / 12:32 pm

      Ahh thank you so much. Four teenagers, gosh that must have been a challenge! My youngest three have ten years before they will become 13, 14 and 15. God help me then! xx

  28. April 19, 2017 / 12:10 pm

    What an absolutely beautiful letter. I had tears in my eyes. I’ve just written a letter to my first daughter on her first birthday and I can’t believe how fast her first year has gone, let alone 13 years. I can see the sparkle in your sons eyes in the photos. He looks like a lovely boy. Happy birthday! Thank you for linking to #GlobalBlogging

    • Laura Dove
      April 19, 2017 / 12:29 pm

      Aww thank you Lucy, that’s so lovely of you to say. He is such a gorgeous boy, inside and out, and he has been the best thing that ever happened to me over this last thirteen years. First birthdays are always so emotional, it’s hard to believe that one day she will be thirteen, and it will feel as though no time at all has passed! Happy birthday to your daughter. xxx

  29. April 20, 2017 / 8:10 am

    What a lovely heartfelt post! He is a truly gorgeous boy! Happy birthday Lewis! #sharinggthebloglove

    • Laura Dove
      April 20, 2017 / 8:32 am

      Thank you so much Louise, he really is. xxx

  30. April 20, 2017 / 8:14 am

    I absolutely adore the letters you write to your children Laura. They will treasure them forever. My daughter will be 11 next month, like you say, where does the time go?? I hate the fact that she is starting high school and wanting to be more independent – we have had so many arguments already about things she has asked to do like shaving her legs and plucking her eyebrows!! Sarak x#sharingthebloglove

    • Laura Dove
      April 20, 2017 / 8:32 am

      Ahh thank you Sarah, I do hope so. Ohhh that’s one thing I’m not looking forward to with my girls! I think girls especially want to grow up so fast these days, they’ve all got HD brows and are contoured to death! Boys are much easier in that way, he’s so laid back that the only thing we really argue about is the state of his bedroom!! xx

  31. April 20, 2017 / 8:58 am

    That is the most lovely post to your beautiful boy – so much mummy / son love. It brought tears to my eyes. #stayclassymama

    • Laura Dove
      April 20, 2017 / 9:38 am

      Ahh thank you Susie, he’s such a gorgeous boy, I am the proudest Mum in the world! xx

  32. April 20, 2017 / 11:41 am

    What a beautiful pots. Happy 13th birthday to your son – he sounds like a wonderful young man with a bright future ahead of him! #stayclassymama

    • Laura Dove
      April 20, 2017 / 5:15 pm

      Ahh thank you, I think so too! xx

  33. April 20, 2017 / 5:23 pm

    Happy birthday Lewis! This really made me tear up because I feel I’m reading a future letter that I am going to write to my son, who is only one year old at the moment. He sounds like such a lovely person, even in his teens too! I love reading your posts Laura they always made me smile and feel, thanks for much for sharing with #StayClassyMama!

    • Laura Dove
      April 21, 2017 / 9:11 am

      Ahh thank you so much. It’s scary how fast they grow but at the same time, I can’t remember a life without him in it. xxx

  34. April 20, 2017 / 7:13 pm

    Oh Laura – you’ve done it again to me! I’m sat here with eyes full of tears. You have such a moving way with words and I now desperately want to go upstairs and count my twoodlers tiny toes while they are still tiny as I know that I’ll blink and be entering the teen years too! Lewis always comes across as such a wonderful big brother and you must be so incredibly proud of the young person he has become. Happy birthday Lewis! And congratulations Mumma! xx Thanks for linking to #DreamTeam x

    • Laura Dove
      April 21, 2017 / 9:09 am

      Ahh thank you so much, he is such a gorgeous boy, inside and out, and I’m so glad that it comes across through my blog. It’s scary how fast they grow, I look at Harry and it feels as though no time at all has passed since Lewis was that big, I hate how fast the years pass. Thank you for such a lovely comment, enjoy those tiny tootsies. xx

    • Laura Dove
      April 21, 2017 / 9:04 am

      Thank you Rachel. xx

  35. April 21, 2017 / 6:57 am

    Happy 13th Birthday Lewis! It sounds like you’re shaping up to be one of the good ones and I am so pleased for you. It sounds like you have everything at your reach, shoot for the stars and enjoy every second of it! gosh those looks could break some teengirl hearts!
    Thank you for linking up to #TriumphantTales, I hope to see you next week lovely x

    • Laura Dove
      April 21, 2017 / 9:02 am

      Ahh thank you so much, he is such a lovely boy and we have been so lucky this far! I’m not sure I can cope when girls come into the equation, I’ll have to set the youngest three on them! xx

  36. April 21, 2017 / 7:46 am

    This is such a touching story and beautifully written, can you imagine how old I feel now that my first born is 32, I think that they are always your baby , or that is what my mum says about me!#thatfridaylinky@_karendennis

    • Laura Dove
      April 21, 2017 / 9:01 am

      Aww I totally agree, my Mum still tells me I’m her baby and I’m 37! xx

  37. April 21, 2017 / 4:15 pm

    Aww what a gorgeous post and what a boy you have. Thanks for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

    • Laura Dove
      April 21, 2017 / 6:56 pm

      Thank you so much Lisa. xxx

  38. April 21, 2017 / 4:42 pm

    Ahhhhh so gorgeous! ! Slight tear reading this. And what a lovely boy he is…..#fabfridaypost

    • Laura Dove
      April 21, 2017 / 6:53 pm

      Aww thank you so much. He’s the best! xx

  39. April 21, 2017 / 8:08 pm

    Oh this brought a tear to my eye! Such a lovely letter, time goes way too fast. I will be writing my letters to my boys in October when they turn 2 and 4! #fabfridaypost

    • Laura Dove
      April 21, 2017 / 8:41 pm

      Ahh thank you Jade. It’s crazy just how fast, I remember him being born like it was yesterday! xx

  40. Lilian C. Manlapaz
    April 22, 2017 / 2:48 pm

    I am touched by how your family love each other. My mom passed away 12 years ago and I still miss her terribly. If I win I would name a star after her. She’s the most loving person I have ever met and she deserves a star shining brightly with her name.

    • Laura Dove
      April 23, 2017 / 5:34 pm

      I’m sorry to heat that Lilian, I can’t even imagine. We have a star named after our second son who died almost eleven years ago now, we tell the children that he is the brightest shining star, it’s a comforting thought. Love to you. xx

  41. April 22, 2017 / 5:22 pm

    He’s a good looking lad – and sounds like a sweetheart. You must be very proud. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday.

    • Laura Dove
      April 23, 2017 / 5:25 pm

      Thank you so much. He’s such a lovely boy. xx

  42. April 22, 2017 / 6:34 pm

    This is so lovely! What a lot of memories, thank you for sharing. #ThatFridayLinky

    • Laura Dove
      April 23, 2017 / 5:25 pm

      Good luck! xx

  43. April 22, 2017 / 7:33 pm

    Oh Laura you have such a beautiful way with words and you manage to bring a lump to my throat every time – even with the happy posts! How do you DO that?! 😀 This is so beautiful and it’s easy to see why you are so proud of Lewis. He’s going to be a little heartbreaker one day!! I hope he has/had a fab birthday! Love to you all. xxx Thanks so much for linking up to #TriumphantTales. xx

    • Laura Dove
      April 23, 2017 / 5:24 pm

      Thank you so much Jaki, he had a wonderful day. I often feel the same when I write these posts, I had tears streaming down my face writing this one. How is my baby boy a teenager already? He is such an amazing son, I feel incredibly lucky to have him. xxx

  44. April 23, 2017 / 8:18 am

    I love the letters you write to your children on their birthdays so much, your love really does shine through. Lewis sounds like an incredible young man who I’m sure will become a lovely teenager. #PostsFromTheHeart

    • Laura Dove
      April 23, 2017 / 5:18 pm

      Thank you, he is one in a million, I’m very lucky to have him!! Still can’t believe I’m old enough to have a teenager!! xx

  45. April 23, 2017 / 12:05 pm

    This is such a lovely post. I hope he had a great birthday. Thanks for linking up to #ThatFridayLinky

    • Laura Dove
      April 23, 2017 / 5:16 pm

      Thank you Emily, he had a lovely birthday! xx

  46. Nige
    April 23, 2017 / 6:02 pm

    Happy birthday Lewis a beautiful post as always Laura your words are wonderfully crafted to show how much love you have for your children Thanks for linking to the #THAT FRIDAY LINKY come back next week please

    • Laura Dove
      April 24, 2017 / 9:07 am

      Thank you Nige. He’s such a special boy, I’m so glad that comes across. See you next week! xx

  47. April 23, 2017 / 6:13 pm

    Such a beautiful post Laura – happy birthday to Lewis and congratulations on becoming a mum to a teenager. He’s clearly such a special and amazing boy and that’s always clear from everything you write about him. I have no doubt you’ll both sail through the teenage years! Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

    • Laura Dove
      April 24, 2017 / 9:07 am

      Ahh thank you Katy. I’m so glad that it comes across in my writing just how lovely he is. I’m sure that we will sail through, I’m not sure I will be saying the same when I have a 13, 14 and 15 year old though, haha! xx

  48. April 25, 2017 / 12:17 pm

    I knew I would a tissue and I do. Such a beautiful letter to your handsome son. He always comes across as such a thoughtful and caring boy. I’m sure these are traits that even the teenage years can’t knock out of him. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

  49. April 27, 2017 / 11:13 am

    Ah, that’s lovely and what a wonderful thing for him to read! Happy Birthday Lewis! Hope you all had a wonderful time 🙂

    • Laura Dove
      April 27, 2017 / 9:34 pm

      Thank you, he had a wonderful day. xx

  50. April 27, 2017 / 3:02 pm

    Oh this is just too beautiful! Your son sounds so lovely, and I am sure you are very proud of the person he is, and is becoming. I hope he had a lovely birthday. #sharingthebloglove

    • Laura Dove
      April 27, 2017 / 9:31 pm

      Thank you so much, he is such a lovely boy. xx

    • Laura Dove
      April 30, 2017 / 11:35 am

      Thank you Andrea. xxx

  51. April 28, 2017 / 12:39 pm

    This is such a beautiful post Laura – your relationship with Lewis is so similar to that of mine with Grace, and they both sound alike too. A belated Happy Birthday to your lovely boy. #SharingtheBlogLove

    • Laura Dove
      April 30, 2017 / 11:33 am

      Thank you, we are very lucky to be so close. I think when you’ve had just one child for such a long time before the next, and you’ve been through so much together, you do have a special bond. I’m very grateful for it. xx

  52. Such an infectious smile! He always looks like such a happy lad. It must feel so strange having a teenager but it’s lovely you are still close. I think generalised comments from people can often make their ‘warnings’ a self-fulfilling prophecy so it’s great you are just enjoying the relationship whatever twists and turns it takes. Hope he had a wonderful birthday!! #SharingTheBlogLove

    • Laura Dove
      April 30, 2017 / 11:24 am

      Thank you Angela, he is such a gorgeous boy, inside and out. I have been very lucky and I agree, it’s far better to just deal with any issues if and when they happen! xx

  53. May 2, 2017 / 3:58 pm

    It certainly sounds as if you and your son share a unique bond, colored by joy, tragedy and everything in between. How lucky you are to have raised this exceptional son and big brother!
    #SharingtheBlogLove

    • Laura Dove
      May 4, 2017 / 5:05 pm

      Thank you, he is an amazing young man! xx

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