I am writing this while you are fast asleep. I hope you are dreaming of the presents and party to come over the next few days. I am also writing to tell you that I hope you read this when you are older, at a moment when you feel resentful or cheated or just fed up with the whole thing that is your life as the only sibling of a child who has autism.
I want you to know that up to this point at least, I have tried my best. I promise to keep trying my best and to give the job of being your mom my full attention. I admittedly don't always do that but I pledge to do better. I never want you to feel cheated or fed up but I know you do. I also want you to know that you are right. You are cheated, you should be fed up, just know that mom and dad understand and we love you more than you will ever know.
The amazing thing is that since that time, when asked, you always want to be there, you are always willing to help and you don't complain. I know this may change and if it does always know that we understand and appreciate you, love you and support you know matter what.
I love you Wyatt.
Tonight you turn seven. At the stroke of midnight exactly you turn seven. Born at midnight on a full moon in the middle of a Colorado blizzard. I think that was a collection of craziness that was the beginning and preparation for the chaos that is your life.
You are one cool kid and for your seventh birthday I want to tell you seven things I love about you.
1. I love that you never stop talking even when you are asleep. I guess I have that coming!
2. I love that you always want to be the life of the party and find a way to involve yourself in the most interesting thing going on in the room.
3. I love that you are one of the most helpful people that I know. You are always willing to lend a hand no matter what.
4. I love that you don't have the attention problems that make me a disaster. I love that we can be pulling out of the driveway and when I sigh you say "Mom what did you forget? your phone or your lunch?" I appreciate your gift of remembering on many levels.
Wyatt I love you for all the things you bring to our family and I'm so excited to be a part of your journey. Happy Birthday! We love you!