My first baby is 11!

Ben had a racquet-themed birthday with a badminton set and his first tennis racquet.  We went up to the park for his first lesson after a monkey-bread and bacon breakfast. Then he had a fun BBQ with friends, dad cooked, and after an afternoon playing with his birthday presents we went to dinner at Robintinos with grandparents.  The night was spent watching Raiders of the Lost Ark with Dad and I came in at the end to tell him to shut his eyes, just like Indy and Marion do. I remember too well how all that face melting stuck in my head for years as a kid. 
 
I thought that having to wait so long to become a parent would have made me a more patient, loving, grateful mother.  I didn’t take into account that every child brings their own lesson plan and that my first born would be a graduate course in parenting. I wasn’t prepared, and am not the A-parent I’d hoped I’d be, but I trust the Lord knew what what he was doing and will make up for my failings in the heart of this little man as I keep trying to give him what he needs in life.  I became a very different person because of this strong, strong-willed, quirky, boy genius. 
 
I am so happy with who you have become and am so blessed to be your mom.  I love you, sweet Ben.  One more year to be a boy. 
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