Five.

DSC_0144Five is… I’m not even sure what 5 is yet – Cole has only been 5 years old for a week, and we’re still getting used to it around here.

I can tell you what 5 is NOT. Five is NOT a baby anymore. While I could get away with babying my four-year-old preschooler, FIVE is kindergarten. It’s a whole other world outside of our home, that Cole will be exploring – without us. I just found out that Cole will be getting the bus to and from school this year – which is just mind boggling. How can my *baby* be going off on a bus? By himself!

Cole, at 5, is the same crazy, wild, prickly ball of energy he has always been. He Never Stops Moving. I am constantly wowed by his imagination and his vocabulary, and he has a great heart. He watches out for his baby sister – when he isn’t bickering with her – and takes his role of big brother very seriously.

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FIVE is forward facing in the car – even though he hasn’t *quite* reached the upper limits of the rear-facing weight limit on our Diono Radian.

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Five is being big enough to climb the highest. AND being allowed on the ropes course at the amusement park.

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Five is falling asleep starting to read books in bed. And playing the games with Daddy instead of just scribbling on the place mat.

IMG_1629 IMG_1663I have to imagine our babywearing days are drawing to a close… Five is fewer requests to be carried, farther between. One day, I will put him down and not ever pick him back up – and I am NOT ready.

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Five is learning and big adventures and a whole new phase in his life…

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I worry that we are getting closer and closer to a day when he is too cool for Mommy.

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But I don’t think we’re quite there yet.

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