Blink! The bear turns 9!

My son turned 9 yesterday.  It’s a bit of a whirlwind!

9 years ago I was a brand new dad.  I actually have a video of him right after birth.

 

He has grown so much over the last 9 years.  (and so have I, although mostly in a circular direction)

It seems like it was yesterday that I was singing “Did the bear make a poo to him.”

 On the day before his ninth birthday, we arrived at my wife’s parents beach house. My wife and I were downstairs getting stuff ready for bed, and we heard laughing upstairs. We listened, and it was my son regaling his aunt and his grandmother with a story that we hadn’t heard. They were laughing uproariously as he told the story, and you could tell that he was timing his jokes, and stretching out his jokes, just like a storyteller!

My wife and I looked at each other with wonder. When had he learned to do that? When did he become a person?

It happened all of a sudden. I’m not sure if I could pinpoint the time and the place.  One day he was in the stroller, and the next day he was on the skateboard.

 I’ve said this before, but when they are little babies, everybody says “Oh it will go by so fast!” And you think to yourself- “Liar! It’s going so slowly. I’ve been up for hours, and I closed my eyes and it’s just 20 minutes later!”

 But guess what– it goes by SO fast!

 Here’s a set of photos one per year, showing him growing up:  The photos are not quite random, but aren’t any one day, or one mood. We have so many photos of him, and he has so many moods.

2009
2010
2011
2012
2013

2014
2015

2016

2017

This is the latest video of him, blowing out his ninth birthday cake candles, while his cousin raps Hamilton in the background.

When I blink again, he’s going to be graduating college!