Guess who’s 8 years old today?

The kid turns eight today, and as tradition dictates, I wanted to write him a letter, on his special day.

thekid_tmwmMy wonderfully, rambunctious boy, words cannot describe how much joy you bring to my life. With you, everyday is an adventure and your dad and I can’t wait to see what this next year has in store. You keep us on our toes, in ways I never imagined, and I am so, so, so happy to call you mine. You, my son, can be described in so many ways. You are loving, funny, creative, emotional, sensitive, impatient and so easily excited. Simply put, you are “you,” and I wouldn’t take you any other way.

At 8 years old, you are in full-on “boy mode.” You love drawing; writing stories; playing outside; getting dirty; giving your mother a heart attack, with your daring feats; LEGOs; all things super heroes (Marvel over DC, obvs); sneakers; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; and video games. Your interests are so diverse, and that’s what makes you the special boy you are.

Parenting you is the best kind of challenge, the kind that has taught me so much, and made me grow as a person. It has changed the way I think and the way I approach almost everything. It’s shown me what it’s like to put someone’s needs before your own – every single time.

But, most of all, being your mom has taught me the true meaning of unconditional love, and I do love you, so very much.

Love,

Mommy

On breastfeeding…

When I first found out I was pregnant with the kid, I knew – without a doubt – that I would breastfeed (or at least try). I don’t know if it was because I was working at a hospital and knew the benefits, or if I was convinced by all the pro-breastfeeding advertising on the baby websites I was frequenting. Either way, I’d made the decision that I was going to try my hardest to nurse him for a year.

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This, of course, meant that after my eight weeks of maternity leave were up, that I’d be pumping at work. BTW, You never know humility, until you’re sitting at your desk, with the office door closed, hooked up to a machine like a glorified milk cow.

Read more about my breastfeeding journey over on Diary of a First Time Mom, where myself and 30 or so other fabulous lady bloggers are telling our stories to promote breastfeeding in the African-American community.

Wednesday Ramblings

TMwM Wednesday Ramblings

Go the F**k to Sleep: Why, oh why won’t my kid go to sleep? Doesn’t he realize how AWESOME sleep is? Seriously, I just don’t get it. I can’t wait until he actually likes to sleep. I plan on interrupting it, as often as I can. I can’t wait. (Does that make me a bad parent? Oh well. ;) ) Do your kids go to sleep when they’re supposed to? If so, how did you accomplish that magic trick?

Weird-a** Family: I know you guys have seen those super-weird Sprint Framily commercials. What. The. Eff? Really, whose idea were they? I just don’t get it – at all. Although, I gotta say, I love Gor-don. Have you seen the commercials? What do you think: pretty cool, or pretty stupid?

An obsession, renewed: We haven’t had cable for more than a year, relying on digital services for entertainment. Recently, we were offered a deal through AT&T that was too good to pass up. Anywho, once the cable was hooked up, I was hooked on – The Pioneer Woman, that is. And, as a bonus, the kid loves it as well. What’s your favorite TV show to watch with your kids?

So… What’s going on, in your world?

Seven, going on seventeen.

The Kid Seventh Birthday PicToday, my son, my baby, my big boy, you turn 7-years-old.

You, my dear son are so full of energy, so full of life.

You are the very definition of rambunctious.

You are, at times, seven going on seventeen.

You make every day an adventure.

You are, as they say, “all boy. “

You’re current interests (obsessions) are superheroes, play fighting, martial arts, robots, and – much to my chagrin – parkour.

I am grateful, that at seven, you still want to snuggle with me and your dad (“Snugs ‘n Hugs,” as we call it).

For seven years, you have brought excitement, frustration, happiness and love into my life.

I can’t imagine a world without you.

I love you, and I thank God every day that he gifted me with you.

Happy birthday, baby.

All Aboard: Thomas the Train is coming to metro Detroit, and I’m giving away FOUR tickets!

Four years ago, the hubs and I took the kid to see Thomas the Train at Greenfield Village, here in metro Detroit. Well, Thomas is back this year, larger than life, to give local kiddos the ride of their life. I’m so excited, because even though the kid doesn’t remember it (he was only 2.5), we all had an awesome time, and I can’t wait to go back!

Day out with Thomas

The Hubs and Kid in 2009

The Deets

Thomas The Tank Engine® Pulls into Greenfield Village on April 27. He’ll be there April 28, May 4 – 5 and May 11-12.

The Day out with Thomas: The Go Go Thomas Tour 2013 provides kiddos the opportunity to climb aboard and take a ride with Thomas as well as participate in Thomas & Friends themed activities.

For three back-to-back weekends, little engineers and their families are invited to take a 25 minute ride around Greenfield Village on their favorite engine, meet Sir Topham Hatt®, Controller of the Railway and enjoy a day of Thomas & Friends themed activities including arts & crafts, storytelling and more.

Thomas the Tank Engine rides depart every 30 minutes, rain or shine. Departure times begin at 9:30 am through 5:00 pm each day of the event. Tickets for the Day out with Thomas: The Go Go Thomas Tour 2013 are $11.75 for members, age 1 year and older and includes free admission to Greenfield Village. Ticket prices for non-member children age 1-4 is $11.75, youth age 5-12 is $27.75, adults age 13-61 is $33.75 and seniors age 62 and up is $32.75.

Tickets are on sale now by calling The Henry Ford at 313-982-6001 or visiting www.thehenryford.org.

The event, is now in its 18th year, and is presented by HIT Entertainment and sponsored by MEGA Brands and Hard Rock Hotels.

The Giveaway

Before you head over to the website to buy tickets, you should know I’m giving away four tickets to the event! So, be sure to enter the giveaway below!
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Thomas the Train has always been a favorite around the Glenn household. For more information, please visit them online or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Looking for another chance to win? Bargains to Bounty is also hosting a Day out with Thomas ticket giveaway

 

Disclaimer: I was provided passes to the Day out with Thomas, in exchange for hosting this giveaway. However, all opinions are my own.